Alex Harvey was introduced to cross-country skiing when he was just three years old. That is no surprise as his father is Pierre Harvey, a legend of Canadian cross-country skiing. The elder Harvey competed in four Olympic Games, two each for cross-country skiing and cycling. Alex brought the family’s Olympic appearance total to five when he competed in Vancouver 2010. At those Games, Harvey contributed to the best-ever Olympic results by a team of male Canadian cross-country skiers. The highlight for Harvey was his fourth place finish in the team sprint with Devon Kershaw.
Those Games proved to be a launching pad to more international podiums. At the 2011 World Championships, Harvey and Kershaw made history when they won gold in the team sprint, becoming the first Canadian men to ever reach the world championship podium in cross-country skiing. Harvey had his best World Cup season in 2011-12, finishing sixth in the year-end rankings. He recorded his first career World Cup victory on the same course where his father had earned the first of his trailblazing World Cup wins 25 years earlier. In 2013 he won bronze in the classic sprint to become the first Canadian man to win an individual cross-country medal at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
Harvey has enjoyed success at all levels of international competition. Just weeks before his world championship triumph with Kershaw, Harvey had become the first Canadian to win gold at the Under-23 World Championships when he finished first in the pursuit. Those results came four years after he stood on the podium at the World Junior Championships, when he won bronze in the 10km as well as the 20km pursuit. In 2008 he became the only Canadian to win three world junior championship medals when he added a silver medal in the 10km.
2011 World Champion team sprint… 2013 World bronze medallist sprint… 2011 U23 World Champion 30km pursuit… 2008 World Junior silver medallist 10km… 2007 World Junior bronze medallist 10km and 20km pursuit…
Outside Interests: Studying law at Laval University and has to keep up with his schoolwork while travelling and competing… Often rooms with teammate Devon Kershaw on the road… Enjoys movies, music and coffee… Affiliated with charities Éducaide (helping children from disadvantaged families stay in school) and Persévérance Scolaire (keeping children motivated in school)… Odds and Ends: Had his Olympic dream sparked while watching Beckie Scott win bronze at Salt Lake City 2002, a medal that was eventually upgraded to gold… Favourite quotes: “It doesn’t get any easier, you just move faster” – Eddy Merckx and “Ain’t nothing to it but to do it.” – Ronnie Coleman…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
FIS World Championships: 2013 – BRONZE (sprint classic), 4th (team sprint free), 12th (4x10km relay), 13th (30km skiathlon), 28th (50km mass start classic); 2011 – GOLD (team sprint classic), 5th (50km mass start free), 7th (sprint free), 12th (30km skiathlon); 2009 – 5th (4x10km relay), 22nd (30km pursuit), 28th (sprint free), 36th (15km classic)