Devon Kershaw has been at the forefront of the recent success for Canada’s “Nordic Knights”. In March 2006 he won a World Cup bronze medal, making him the first Canadian male cross-country skier to reach a podium on the elite international circuit since Pierre Harvey in 1988. In 2011 Kershaw made another breakthrough when he teamed with Harvey’s son Alex to win gold in the team sprint at the FIS World Championships, making them the first Canadian men to ever reach the world championship podium in cross-country skiing.
Competing in his second Olympic Games at Vancouver 2010, Kershaw contributed to the best-ever Olympic results by a team of Canadian male cross-country skiers. Kershaw had a pair of near-podium results. He teamed with Harvey for a fourth place finish in the team sprint. On the last day of the Games, in the gruelling 50km mass start, Kershaw finished a heartbreaking fifth. The top five men had all finished within 1.6 seconds, with Kershaw missing out of bronze by 0.6 seconds.
Since Vancouver 2010, Kershaw has continued to put his name in the history books while proving to be one of the world‘s most consistent all-around skiers. In 2010-11 he finished eighth in the overall World Cup standings and recorded his first career World Cup victory. The next season was even better with two World Cup victories en route to a second place finish in the overall World Cup standings, the best-ever performance by a Canadian man.
Since making his world championship debut in 2003, Kershaw has seen the Canadian men go from being the world’s most anonymous team (a designation which both stung and motivated him) to one that will be contending for Olympic medals in Sochi 2014.
2011 World Champion team sprint… Finished second in 2011-12 FIS World Cup standings…
Getting Into Sport: His family was into both alpine and cross-country skiing, making it a family activity while growing up… Played hockey until he was 14 when he realized that because of his small size that he was always getting banged up… Outside Interests: Travels with his camera and lenses, having a love of photography that came from his parents… Enjoys reading good literature as well as non-fiction books such as scientific, adventure and biographies… Enjoys rock climbing, fly fishing, ski mountaineering and surfing… Odds and Ends: His mental break at the end of the competitive season is to go back-country skiing and then somewhere warm… Has said the best part of travelling is when the airplane lands back on Canadian soil…Affiliated with Share the Road (sharetheroad.ca), sitting on the board of directors… If he has a bad race while wearing a pair of sunglasses they become “training glasses” from there on… Before a race will lie down, put his legs up on a wall and listen to music while he visualizes what is to come… Favourite quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us.” – Emerson…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
Olympic Winter Games: 2010 – 4th (team sprint free), 5th (50km mass start classic), 7th (4x10km relay), 16th (30km skiathlon), 23rd (sprint classic); 2006 – 11th (4x10km relay), 11th (team sprint classic), 37th (sprint free), 47th (15km classic)
FIS World Championships: 2013 – 4th (team sprint free), 12th (4x10km relay), 33rd (15km free), 46th (sprint classic); 2011 – GOLD (team sprint classic), 9th (30km skiathlon), 31st (sprint free); 2009 – 5th (4x10km relay), 9th (team sprint classic), 27th (30km pursuit), 37th (15km classic); 2007 – 6th (team sprint free), 11th (4x10km relay), 38th (sprint classic), 68th (15km free); 2005 – 6th (team sprint free), 13th (4x10km relay), 14th (sprint classic), 61st (30km pursuit)