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Kershaw withdraws from Olympic men's 50km cross country skiing competition

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According to Isaac Owusu of CBC Sports, Devon Kershaw of Sudbury, Ontario has withdrawn from the men's 50km cross country skiing mass start freestyle competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games on Sunday because of an illness.

Kershaw finished in fifth place in the men's 50km cross country skiing event at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and was considered an outside medal contender for Canada in Sochi. Kershaw finished in tenth place in a men's 50km cross country skiing competition in Norway in 2012.

Overall this has been a very disappointing Olympic Winter Games for Canada in cross-country skiing. Expectations were higher after Alex Harvey's great success leading up to the Olympics.

The men's 50km cross country skiing event at the Olympic Winter Games is considered by many as the Norwegian Super Bowl. The television ratings are through the roof in Norway, who leads all nations at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with 11 gold medals.

The favourites are Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway, who has been on the podium in the last two World Cup men's 50km cross coutry skiing competitions, world champion Johan Olsson of Sweden and Russian Alexander Legkov who will be representing the host nation.

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