From left: Black Jack skiers Molly Miller, Remi and Jasmine Drolet are competing in the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, and Remi captured Team BC’s first cross-country gold medal on Monday.

Black Jack cross-country skier captures gold at Canada Winter Games

Black Jack Ski Club veteran Remi Drolet wins gold in 10-k race at Canada Winter Games

Black Jack skier Remi Drolet won Team BC their first gold medal for week two at the 2019 Canada Winter Games on Monday in Red Deer.

The Rossland native raced to first in the 10 kilometre men’s cross country interval start, in his opening event of the Games.

“The race went really well,” Drolet said in a release. “It is a tough course with lots of steep hill and technical downhills. Since it is an interval start, you just have to go really hard the whole way. It is really cold right now and the snow is slow so it is especially important to go extra hard uphill.”

Drolet finished in a time of 22:05.1 in -19 C weather, almost 52 seconds ahead of Reed Godfrey of Alberta. The bronze medallist, Graham Ritchie (22:58.2), is from Ontario.

“It is really important to pace yourself and not go super hard off the start because you knew I had to push extra hard later to get ahead. I feel really good today and was able to maintain proper technique the whole race so I was happy with that.”

The Black Jack Ski Club veteran has been a member of the junior national ski team since 2007. The 18-year-old competed at the Nordic Junior World Ski Championship in Lahti, Finland last month and finished in seventh place. He is also a recipient of the 2018 Petro-Canada Face grant, and was awarded the Governor General’s Bronze Medal for Academic Excellence in November at the Seven Summits Centre for Learning in Rossland.

In the women’s 7.5 km cross country free technique race, Benita Peiffer of Whistler won silver, behind Lara Leclair of Quebec, while Black Jack’s Jasmine Drolet came in sixth and Molly Miller in seventh place.

Five Team BC athletes, including Drolet, finished inside the Men’s Top 10. Joe Davies finished just off the podium with a time of 23:18.7 in fourth place. Michael Murdoch (Whistler) finished in seventh, Tallon Noble (Kelowna) and Ian Williams (Kelowna) finished in 10th.

“I just want to say thanks to all the volunteers and organizers at today’s race. It was perfect,” said Drolet.

The 15-km mass start goes today,(Thursday) but results are unavailable.

Just Posted

Police bust drug operation in Castlegar

Man charged, will go to court in August

Vigil re-affirms belief in peace, acceptance in wake of New Zealand massacre

Nearly 100 show up for solemn event at Mir Centre for Peace

RED resort announces new ski lift

Topping lift will add new ski area to resort, reduce bottleneck on Motherload chair

Update: Bodies recovered from Pend d’Oreille River crash

To help support the family, a fundraiser has been set up at Kootenay Savings in Fruitvale

South Okanagan-Kootenay MP calls federal budget ‘not bold enough’

Richard Cannings, MP for South OK and Kootenay communities says budget missed the mark

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Cheetahs will not prosper in Creston: Permit rejected for two big cats

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticism

The company says it will spend $300 million at its plant in Orion Township

Trucker who caused Broncos crash likely to be deported: lawyer

The Crown has asked that Sidhu serve 10 years in prison

China chemical plant blast kills 47, injures hundreds more

This is one of China’s worst industrial accidents in recent years

Montreal priest stabbed while celebrating morning mass

The incident happened Friday morning at Montreal’s St. Joseph’s Oratory

Organic Matters tea recalled across B.C. due to Salmonella

Recall for OM tea products is B.C. wide, possibly national.

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Most Read