Nelson's Julien Locke participating in the 10 km race at the Canada Winter Games.

BC Nordic team wins gold and bronze at Canada Winter Games

The BC Nordic team, including Nelson’s Julien Locke, is performing well at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

The BC Nordic team is performing well at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George as Colin Ferrie of Kimberley won the gold medal in the men’s 1.5 km classic sprint on Tuesday in a time of 3:29.57 and Nelson’s Julien Locke placed sixth. David Palmer won a bronze medal at Thursday’s 15 kilometre free while teammate Geoffrey Richards placed fourth.

Four of the five BC Nordic team members — Ferrie, Locke, Palmer and Richards [both of Rossland]— are from the Black Jack ski team which trains in Rossland.

Going into the sprint as the U23 NorAm sprint leader, Locke said he was confident he would be at the front of the race. Earlier in the sprint qualifiers, Locke and Ferrie placed sixth and seventh with the identical time of 3:39.00.

“I knew that despite the lack of preparation [due to a cold], I still had a good shot at the podium,” said Locke. “Both Colin and I qualified well in the morning, and skied strongly in the quarters and semis to make it into the A final.”

Colin Ferrie won the gold medal in the men’s Nordic sprint. Pam Wallis/2015 Canada Winter Games photo.

Locke described how Ferrie won the gold medal: “Colin went to the front right from the gun and skied a remarkable race, leading from line to line. The final was the fastest heat of the day by several seconds, and it was a tough pace to hang on to.”

Locke said he had a good race as well.

“I am satisfied with my execution, but I am far below my usual race shape right now and didn’t have the speed to stay with Colin’s pace. The result itself is a huge disappointment for me, but I am incredibly happy to have one of my best friends win instead. Colin and I have been racing together since we were eight and to have two boys from the Kootenays in the top six in the country is quite satisfying.”

On Monday Locke finished 22nd in the 10 km classic. His teammates fared better: Ferrie placed fifth with a time of 26:44.00, Geoffrey Richards placed sixth in 26:56.30, Palmer came seventh in 27:06.10, and Gareth Williams was 13th in 27:53.20.

Locke wrote to the Star that he raced the 10 km classic with the intention of preparing for the sprint but caught an unfortunately timed cold about 12 days ago, and ended up missing seven days of training leading up to the games.

“My shape slipped a bit and the 10 km was the first hard effort I had done in two weeks. Though I raced very poorly speed-wise, it was a good hard effort to sharpen the body for Tuesday.”

To follow the team, visit

Colin Ferrie during the 10 km classic. Bogetti-Smith photo.

Just Posted

Rescued snowmobilers ill-prepared for emergency, Castlegar RCMP say

Two men rescued Wednesday night were not ready for overnight in back country

Senior curling provincials setting up for exciting finish

Standings tight as Senior curling teams push for provincial playoffs

Police share more details on occupants and suspicious van in Fruitvale

Vehicle in question offered young girl a ride to school on Feb. 19

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Man wanted for sex trafficking, confinement may be heading to B.C.

Kevin Myrthil, 26, is also accused of assault on a 19-year-old woman at an Edmonton hotel

B.C. Speaker Darryl Plecas resumes battle with suspended staff

Committee meets at B.C. legislature to consider new allegations

Northern B.C. train derailment due to broken axle could happen again: TSB

CN coal train derailment caused by broken axle can happen again without a different way to inspect

Most Read