CANMORE – The Canadians have been golden three races into the Canmore Para Nordic Skiing World Cup.
Four local Para Nordic athletes – Brian McKeever, Brittany Hudak, Natalie Wilkie and Collin Cameron – are leading Canada's charge at the world cup event at the Canmore Nordic Centre with a combined seven gold medals.
For Cameron, a 33-year-old Bracebridge, Ont. native, he got some redemption in Tuesday's (Dec. 9) men's sitting sprint.
"Winning here is pretty special," said Cameron, who also won bronze in Sunday's 10-kilometre sitting free technique.
"Four years ago [at the Canmore world cup], I didn't even qualify for the sprint heat, so it's nice to come back and I had a little mission to at least get top-12. It's a really good feeling to come here and win, but also to keep things in perspective. It's only December and I just want to build on this and keep my momentum going and just make sure I feel good come March."
Cameron, a world-champion sprinter, took first place by a mile, gaining a big lead over silver and bronze medallists Ivan Golubkov of Russia and Giuseppe Romele of Italy, respectfully.
Cameron finished all the three heats at the top, but none more important than the very last one to claim gold on the day.
"This is what we expect to be his event and he proved that [Tuesday]," said Robin McKeever, head coach of the Para Nordic national team.
"He skied tactically a really smart race and he got the gap when he needed to and it was just untouchable so that was pretty good for him."
After the final cross country races finished on Tuesday, Canada's medal count bumped up to 11 (seven gold, two silver, two bronze) at the Canmore world cup.
The seven golds tie Russia for most top spots after three days of races.
Russia leads in overall medals in Canmore with 30 (seven gold, 12 silver, 11 bronze).