Elizabeth Elliott (2nd) and Alana Brittin (1st) on the podium at Sovereign Lakes Okanagan Cup in Vernon

Elizabeth Elliott (2nd) and Alana Brittin (1st) on the podium at Sovereign Lakes Okanagan Cup in Vernon

Every RNSC skier reaches top 10 at Okanagan Cup

Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club posts strong results at Okanagan Cup race at Sovereign Lake's near Vernon.

By Sarah Newton, Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club

Sovereign Lake’s Nordic trails offer a very different cross country skiing experience compared to what our racers train on in Revelstoke. Instead of the fierce climbing and descending that is the only option in Revelstoke, Sovereign’s trails are quite flat with a lot of turns.

It is a testament to the technical abilities of our team that they did so well this weekend. Sheer strength doesn’t get you as far when you are trying to race on flat terrain – technique wins out. And our skiers definitely won out!

Megan Evans, dominated the field with a win of well over a minute for the 10 kilometre race. Alana Brittin and Tayla Koerber both won gold, Simon Blackie won silver and Erik Brosch finished fifth.

Elizabeth Elliott kept her momentum from last weekend’s midget championships (where she won gold and bronze medals) with a silver medal in her skate race on Sunday. Nelson Luxmoore got his first ever medal in skate skiing with a bronze, and his sister Alexandra, not to be outdone, showed a strong sixth place finish for her first top 10 finish of the year.

Every Revelstoke skier had a top ten finish:

1.8 km free technique, mass start

Lillian Vickers, atom girls 4th

Nelson Luxmoore, peewee boys 3rd

Alexandra Luxmoore, peewee girls, 6th

Simon Blackie, bantam boys, 2nd

Erik Brosch, bantam boys, 5th

Frankie Howe, bantam girls, 5th

Hannah Vickers, bantam girls, 10th

5km free technique, mass start

Tayla Koerber, junior girls, 1st

Alana Brittin, midget girls, 1st

Elizabeth Elliott, midget girls, 2nd

Kate Granstrom, midget girls, 6th

Emily Suchy, sit ski, 5th midget girl

10 km free technique, mass start

Daniel Blackie, juvenile boys, 5th

Gordon Mason, junior boys, 5th

Megan Evans, junior girls, 1st

Bronte Viznaugh, junior girls, 5th