CANMORE – A golden performance by Canmore's Sabine Comeau led the way for local Alberta Winter Games cross-country skiers at the Canmore Nordic Centre during Saturday's (Feb. 15) first day of competition.
Comeau, 14, from Canmore Nordic Ski Club (CNSC), took first prize in the U16 female sprint.
"It was very hectic and a lot of hard work," said Comeau about all the heats she raced to get to the final. "Obviously some heats matter more and it's tough finding that balance of where you want to lay it all out there.
"It feels really good. This is a nice start to the games."
In all, local skiers won eight medals (one gold, three silver, four bronze) at the sprint races.Isabel McLurg took home silver in the U16 female sprint and Canmore’s Heidi Bryant finished fourth.
CNSC’s Theo Fradette won bronze in the U16 male category.
For U14 females, CNSC’s Kaisa Lemyre finished second and Tasmin Munro skied to third place.
Lucia Baergen finished in fourth place.
Canmore's Torin Comeau, Ben Field and Teo Wadsworth just missed the podium in the U14 boys race, finishing in fourth, fifth and sixth.
In the U12 category, CNSC’s Jordy Munro and Lincoln Meekins finished second and third, respectfully, among boys.
Canmore's Gabrielle Tessier was third in the girls division and Aria Grandi finished in fifth.
Alberta Winter Games cross-country ski and biathlon races return to the Canmore Nordic Centre, Sunday and Monday (Feb. 16-17).