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Big day for Canmore gymnast at Alberta Winter Games

Local athletes won medals in gymnastics, biathlon and cross-country skiing on Sunday.

AIRDRIE – Canmore gymnast Ellie Sucharda stepped on the podium twice Sunday (Feb. 16) at the 2020 Alberta Winter Games (AWG) in Airdrie.

Sucharda, 13, of Canmore Illusions Gymnastics, won gold in beam and bronze in bars to wrap up the gymnastics portion of AWG at the Airdrie Edge Gymnastics Centre.

Kayden Crowe of Canmore Illusions just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish on floor.

Sunday was another strong day for local cross-country skiers with Canmore Nordic Ski Club (CNSC) athletes winning five medals to follow-up on Saturday’s (Feb. 15) eight-medal performance.

CNSC’s Sabine Comeau and Isabel McLurg finished in second and third, respectfully, in Sunday’s U16 classic at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

On Saturday, Comeau and McLurg finished in first and second in sprint.

Theo Fradette earned bronze in the U16 male classic. It's his second bronze medal at the 2020 games.

For U14 boys and girls, Teo Wadsworth and Kaisa Lemyre each won silver in their categories. The silver medal is Lemyre’s second of the games.

In biathlon, CNSC’s Fraser Gleig shot and skied to his first-ever AWG medal.

The 13-year-old shot 11/15 in prone during Sunday’s windy Dev.1 boys (U14) mass start at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

“[Shooting] was quite hard and I had to adjust for the wind, but it went pretty well, I think,” Gleig said. “I knew I couldn’t catch up to the people in first and second, so I just tried to keep out in front of the people behind me.”

Canmore’s Larix Hallett won silver in the U12 air rifle boys mass start.

Local biathletes who just missed the podium were Sola Luders, finishing fourth in Dev. 1 girls (U14) mass start, and in Dev. 2 boys mass start, CNSC’s Ben Dreger and Tor Menzies finished in fifth and sixth, respectfully.

On Saturday, Dreger won gold in the U16 boys individual race.

Bow Valley athletes are representing Zone 2 at AWG and after two days of action, locals have won 18 medals (three gold, seven silver, eight bronze).

Monday (Feb. 17) is the final day of the AWG.


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