20 décembre 2009

Dasha Gaiazova powers at the front.
photo : Pam Doyle, Skitrax

No one could catch Gaiazova

Gaiazova followed up her dominant effort from Saturday with another outstanding performance on Sunday.

“I have to say that this course was made for me,” she said. “I skied the hill really great (this weekend) and I feel I really made up some time there. I have nothing to complain about.”

She blew away the field during the qualifier by finishing 6.16 seconds ahead of the second place finisher Perianne Jones of Almonte, Ont.

Once again Gaiazova breezed through the heats winning all of her race all the way to the final where she finished ahead of Jones in second and Shayla Swanson of Calgary in third.

Dasha Gaiazova wins her third consecutive Olympic trials competition.
photo : Pam Doyle, Skitrax

“The whole beginning of my season has been great and now I have to keep it going through February,” Gaiazova said.

Last week was Gaiazova's first opportunity to qualify for the Olympics with 15kilometre skate in BC which she won noting there was a lot of pressure because she just missed qualifying for the Olympics four years ago.

“Last year I was 1.30 seconds off of the top-30 in the World Cup, which they counted as the qualifier,” Gaiazova said. “This time around I felt like 'oh my god this would be really unfortunate if I don't qualify again.' So there were a lot of nerves. This weekend there were no nerves.”

The Canadians handed their American counterparts a little payback for scooping the podiums during early winter races in the series by placing seven men and five women up front in Sunday's sprints. Of course the Canucks had the added incentive of using these races to make the Olympics criteria.

Shayla Swanson, Dasha Gaïazova and Perianne Jones
photo : Pam Doyle, Skitrax

The Haywood NorAm wraps up at the Canmore Nordic Centre on Tuesday, Dec. 22, with the distance classic races.

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