For the second time in three days, cross-country skier Alex Harvey is headed to the podium at the Nordic World Ski Championships, this time with a bronze medal in skiathlon.
On Thursday, the two-time Olympian was involved in an incredible finish in the men’s sprint, just running out of space in the 1.4 kilometre course at the finish line to take silver.
After a day off to recover, Harvey was back on the course in Falun, Sweden on Saturday in the skiathlon, a 30 km event that combines the classic and skating techniques.
“It’s just crazy,” Harvey said in a post-race interview. “Before (Falun) I had only got two medals overall in the World Championships. Now I have taken two medals in three days.”
Harvey led the pack for much of the race, before dropping back in the final lap, saving some energy for the end. His endurance however, allowed him to climb back to a medal position for his second trip to the podium in as many finals with a bronze medal. Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia won gold, while Switzerland’s Dario Cologna took silver.
“I’ve had fantastic skis. I was strong in the classical part, and in the skate I kept up front to keep the speed down,” Harvey added. In a Cross Country Canada release he also thanked the wax technicians, who can be integral to a skier’s success.
“The skis were fantastic. I had really good training over the summer, and I think the wax team are doing such a great job, it’s hard for me not to be on the podium these days.”
Harvey is the first Canadian to win two medals at a single cross-county World Championship event.
Feature photo via Cross Country Canada/Nordic Focus