Biathlon World Cup sprint races cancelled due to frigid temperatures


Arctic temperatures in Alberta have forced organizers to cancel competition at the biathlon World Cup.

The sprint races had initially been postponed to Sunday, but the International Biathlon Union announced that both the men’s 10-kilometre and the women’s 7.5-km events had been cancelled due to the frigid -20 C temperatures in Canmore.

The cold had been wreaking havoc on the World Cup event since Friday, with races being rescheduled and shortened.

Biathletes were racing Friday’s relays with covered faces, or at least with tape covering their noses and cheeks. Norwegian competitors commented after winning the relay race that windchills ranging around minus-25 made it difficult to handle the extra three rounds of ammunition they carry.

The mass start races had been shortened from 15k to 10k for the men and 12.5k to 7.5k for the women before they were cancelled.


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Canada’s Justin Kripps wins World Cup bobsleigh silver


Canadian pilot Justin Kripps and brakeman Cam Stones finished second in the bobsleigh World Cup event in Konigssee, Germany on Saturday.

Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Martin Grothkopp finished in a two-run combined time of one minute, 39.01 seconds to take gold for a fourth time this season.

WATCH | Kripps, Stones claim silver in Konigssee

Canadian pilot Justin Kripps and brakeman Cameron Stones finished 2nd in Konigssee, Germany. 1:51

The Canadians – who finished 0.11 seconds behind the Germans – held a slight lead after the first run, but for the second week in a row, Friedrich powered past them to take gold.

« It was another good challenge against him. It’s lots of fun to have that tie, and then to be out here battling with him each week on the World Cup, » Kripps said in a press release. « Our focus really is trying to prepare for the world championships in Whistler. Hopefully once we get out of Germany we will be able to get a win against them. »

WATCH | Friedrich roars back for another World Cup title

Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Martin Grothkopp finished in a two-run combined time of one minute, 39.01 seconds. 1:43

Canadians Nick Poloniato and Ryan Sommer also finished ninth with a two-run combined time of one minute, 40.03 seconds.

Kripps piloted Canada to a two-man bobsleigh gold with brakeman Alex Kopacz at last year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea; the duo tied with Friedrich and brakeman Thorsten Margis for the Olympic title.


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Canadian Philippe Langevin lands his 1st slopestyle World Cup medal


Canadian freestyle skier Philippe Langevin landed on the World Cup podium for the first time in his career as he came away with silver at the slopestyle competition in France on Saturday.

The Mont-Tremblant, Que., resident scored 90.27 on his second run to secure a spot on the podium.

« I can’t believe it, it’s insane, » said Langevin, who’s competing in his second season on the World Cup tour. « I wasn’t expecting this to come so fast, so I’m super stoked.

« I felt really good out there, I was able to do what I had set out to do, so that’s a good sign for upcoming races. The key now will be to recreate that as often as possible and to be as consistent as possible. »

WATCH | Philippe Langevin earns his 1st World Cup medal:

18-year-old Canadian freestyle skier Philippe Langevin wins the silver medal at World Cup event in Font Romeu, France. 2:11

Alexander Hall of the United States took gold with a best-run score of 92.11, while Andri Ragettli of Switzerland was third at 89.06.

You can also catch more freestyle skiing action on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on Road to the Olympic Games, CBC Sports’ weekly show spotlighting the best high-performance athletes from Canada and around the world.

WATCH | Alexander Hall claims slopestyle gold in France: 

American freestyle skier wins the World Cup event with best-run score of 92.11. 1:48

Max Moffatt was a personal-best sixth and Etienne Geoffroy-Gagnon 13th to round out the Canadians on the men’s side.

Langevin was making his 10th World Cup start and ninth in slopestyle, dating back to August 2017.

The 18-year-old’s previous best finish was 10th in Stubai, Austria, in November 2018. 

Langevin placed 53rd at the same event in Font Romeu last season.

He was first in the 2017 Nor-Am overall standings as well as the 2017 Canada Cup standings. 

WATCH | Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin soars to top of podium:

Swiss freestyle skier wins with a best-run score of 78.52 points. 1:52

In the women’s competition, Megan Oldham finished ninth as the top Canadian. Fellow teammate Kim Lamarre did not start in the final.

Sarah Hoefflin of Switzerland took the top spot with a scored of 78.52, followed by American Eileen Gu at 78.03 and Swiss skier Giulia Tanno at 74.54. 

WATCH | Full event of World Cup slopestyle in Font Romeu:

FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup from Font Romeu, France. 3:02:44


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The Keep Cup Is the Only Mug I’ll Use in the Office


Like many corporate office workers, I have a daily struggle with our building’s central temperature controls. So much so that I can often be found at my desk, wrapped in a blanket while typing away on my computer. And often in my hand is a mug of tea.

This isn’t just any mug, though. It’s a glass 12-ounce Keep Cup, an item that I have grown inordinately attached to during the work day. It seems as if it was designed specifically for my hands (which, in the scheme of things, are pretty “normal” hands…). It’s just the right size to fit a hot drink of single-serving proportions.

I get it—the Keep Cup looks… rather perfunctory. Glass cup, one-inch thick cork band, plastic lid with an opening to sip from. But each aspect is designed perfectly: The glass never fogs up and is easy to clean, the cork is super soft and comfortable to the touch, and the lid has the right size slit for drinking without spilling all over yourself. And, there’s a plastic lever that allows you to close the opening to keep your beverage hot when you aren’t drinking it—and from scalding yourself as you carry it around from meeting to meeting.

You know how people get attached to mugs because they have some sort of sentimental value? Like, say, if you happen upon a Tina Turner museum in a one-room schoolhouse during a road trip? Obviously, you’re gonna buy a souvenir mug (true story). The Keep Cup holds no such memories for me. It’s sterile, and doesn’t really have a ton of character. But it’s engineered with the office tea drinker in mind, and for that alone it has made me happier than any other mug I’ve owned.

Should you decide that you need to possess one of your own, you can design a personalized cup in all sorts of colors. Perhaps go for a way less boring option than I did, and channel a little of that Tina moxie while you’re at it. Sadly, though, there’s no sequin option… yet.

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Canada’s de Bruin, Bujnowski win 1st World Cup bobsleigh medal


Canadian bobsleigh pilot Christine de Bruin and brakewoman Kristen Bujnowski slid to a silver-medal finish at a World Cup event in Altenberg, Germany, on Saturday.

Olympic champion of Germany Mariama Jamaka won the event in a two-run, combined time of one minute, 57.25 seconds.

The Canadians finished 0.31 seconds behind the winners, while American pilot Elena Meyers-Taylor took bronze.

It was the first-career World Cup podium finish for both de Bruin, of Stony Plain, Alta., and Bujnowski, of Mount Brydges, Ont.

Fellow Canadian pilot Alyssia Rissling had a chance to hit the podium, but a mistake on her final run pushed her to a 10th-place finish.

You can watch more bobsleigh coverage on on Saturday with the two-man event and on Sunday with the four-man bobsleigh event on Sunday.


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Canadian speed skater Weidemann scores World Cup silver


Canada’s Isabelle Weidemann notched a personal best on Sunday in Heerenveen, Netherlands, taking silver in the 3,000-metre World Cup competition.

Dutch skater Antoinette de Jong won gold in three minutes, 59.419 seconds, while Weidemann was just 0.71 seconds back in 4:00.129.

It’s the 23-year-old Ottawa skater’s second individual medal on the World Cup circuit after taking gold in the same discipline in Japan last month.

Weidemann’s teammate Ivanie Blondin, also of Ottawa, finish sixth in the 3,000 with a time of 4:02.238.


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Mikael Kingsbury fights off food poisoning for 51st World Cup victory


Canadian freestyle skier Mikael Kingsbury shrugged off food poisoning enroute to his 51st career World Cup victory on Saturday with a gold medal in moguls in Thaiwoo, China.

Kingsbury, from Deux-Montagnes, Que., won with a final-run score of 90.31, his fifth-straight victory in China.​

Ikuma Horishima of Japan was second with 87.68 and Kazakhstan’s Dimitriy Reikherd was third with 86.92.

Watch highlights from Kingsbury’s golden run:

After battling food poisoning, Mikael Kingsbury prevailed to top the World Cup field for moguls gold in Taiwoo China. 1:03

« It was a very tough day for me, » said Kingsbury, who earned his fifth-straight victory in as many starts in Thaiwoo since 2016. « Yesterday I got very sick and I was not feeling very well. Today I woke up with a little bit of energy, just enough to come and ski.

« I did a few mistakes in the first final round, but I learnt from those mistakes and I was able to put my best run and I managed to get my fifth win here at Thaiwoo. »

This is the third time the Canadian freestyle skiing team has competed in World Cup competitions at this venue, where several competitions will be held in the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

« I don’t know what it is about this place, » said Kingsbury. « It appears to be a run that suits me well. There’s also the fact that the level of competition here is high, as it is elsewhere. Skiers like Dmitriy [Reikherd], Ikuma [Horishima] and Ben [Benjamin Cavet of France, who finished fourth on Saturday] push me to do my best. »

Late comeback

Kingsbury, who lost six pounds of body weight due to the illness, is coming off a Lou Marsh Trophy win as Canada’s top athlete for his incredible 2018 season.

After getting the top score in qualifications, Kingsbury settled for second place behind Horishima after the first run of the finals, but bounced back in the end to capture the gold.

The 26-year-old won his first Olympic gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February, along with two Crystal Globes for finishing first in moguls and tops among all freestyle skiers on the 2017-18 World Cup tour.

Dufour-Lapointe top Canadian woman

The win marked Kingsbury’s 75th medal on the FIS circuit. He already owns the record for most career wins.

The other Canadian skier in the men’s finals, Brenden Kelly, finished 10th.

On the women’s side, the event was won by American Jaelin Kauf with a score of 83.08, while Chloe Dufour-Lapointe was the top Canadian with a fifth-place finish (72.79).

Dufour-Lapointe’s showing stands as her best single moguls result since finishing fifth at the World Cup in Tazawako, Japan in February 2017.


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How about a World Cup of Canadian Football?


So how was your Grey Cup party? I ate all the chips and dip at mine. Sorry.

The Grey Cup was great (when isn’t it). Appointment watching, really. Happy for Bo Levi Mitchell and the Calgary Stampeders. And how about those Ottawa Redblacks. The Ottawa Senators are the only team in the NHL who can say the CFL team in their city is cutting their grass. Good for the Lumberjacks.

Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson hoists the Grey Cup after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks in the 106th Grey Cup in Edmonton on Sunday.
Calgary Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson hoists the Grey Cup after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks in the 106th Grey Cup in Edmonton on Sunday.  (CP Photo)

I know this is a hockey blog, but in honour of the Grey Cup – and they did look like they were skating out there — I wanted to share an idea. (Besides, I can only write about William Nylander so much.)

I’ve been lucky enough to stumble across commissioner Randy Ambrosie a couple of times this fall. The man’s got a great deal of energy and a lot of ideas. I’m on board with the Atlantic Schooners, by the way.

Ambrosie is big on internationalizing grid-iron football. He’s not talking about placing CFL teams outside Canada, but tapping on those markets where the gridiron game has taken roots. He was telling me about all kinds of football programs, particularly in Germany and Japan. Sure, they play the four-down version.

But what’s to stop Canada from sending coaches, players and scouts over there to tap into things?

Sure thing. Do it, I say.

Here’s another idea: A World Cup of Canadian Football.

Play it in spring, before training camp. Gather up a Team Europe and Team Asia from the vast gridiron programs over there, and teach them the three-down version. You have plenty of Canadians and Americans under CFL contracts who know the game. You might throw in a few recent college grads and a handful of free agents since it will be prior to training camps.

Four teams: Canada, United States, Europe, Asia. One round robin. Then the top two square off for the World Cup of Canadian Football, one Sunday in May.

Canada might be weak at the quarterback position, but the gold medal game would be Canada vs. The United States.

I’d watch. Bet the rest of the country would too. Voila, two must-watch Canadian football games a year, bracketing and drawing attention to a league that – in the East anyway – needs attention.

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‘Making up for lost time’: Stampeders celebrate Grey Cup 3 years in the making


EDMONTON — This time, they didn’t flinch.

There wasn’t heartbreak, a fumble or interception that would leave the Calgary Stampeders wondering what might have been.

It was only pure joy and celebration for the Stamps, who defeated the Ottawa Redblacks 27-16 to capture the 106th Grey Cup.

And when the clock finally hit zeroes inside Commonwealth Stadium on Sunday night in Edmonton, Calgary players galloped onto the field, raced to the stage and hoisted the trophy that had eluded them the past two seasons.

They danced around for what seemed like an eternity as red-and-white confetti shot into the calm, crisp night. None of the players were leaving the stage. They weren’t in a hurry. It was a championship moment three years in the making.

« Those emotions flooded over us. We were making up for lost time, » said Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.

A special kind of win

Mitchell was named the Grey Cup MVP for the second time in his career. He was named MVP during his first Grey Cup win four years ago in Vancouver and is now 2-2 as a starter in the championship game.

But this win was different. The heartbreaking sting of the last two Grey Cup defeats left the Stampeders wondering if they’d ever get back to the top.

« It’s been hard, » Mitchell said. « The amount of time you put in. There is so much sacrifice and sometimes it feels worthless when you get to the championship and lose. »

When the Stampeders finally made it inside their locker room, the champagne sprayed, cigar smoke swirled and beer shot in all directions. The players went wild — their dancing, singing and celebrating told the story about how difficult the past three seasons have been.

« I think everyone knew tonight nothing was going to hold us back, » Mitchell said. « We were all going to do this for each other. That’s the difference. »

Mitchell, centre, sprays champagne in the dressing room as Calgary celebrates its Grey Cup victory. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Changing the narrative

There were times throughout the game the Stamps could have faltered or went « here we go again. »

Mitchell threw two first-half interceptions and Calgary let Ottawa stay in the game. The score was 14-11 Calgary with time ticking down before halftime — but it felt like the Stamps should have been leading by much more.

Then Calgary punt returner Terry Williams changed the story for a team that so badly needed a big play in a Grey Cup game.

Williams caught the Ottawa punt at his own 23 yard line with 20 seconds left and started to rumble on the icy turf. Players had trouble with their footing all throughout the game — Williams did too at the beginning of his run. He braced himself, got his feet under him and never looked back.

Williams ran straight to the end zone. His 97-yard punt-return touchdown was the longest in Grey Cup history. More importantly, it swung the momentum back to Calgary — something they just couldn’t do in the previous two title games.

Watch highlights of Calgary’s Grey Cup victory over Ottawa:

After back-to-back Grey Cup defeats, Bo Levi Mitchell and the Calgary Stampeders rode off to a 27-16 win over Ottawa, avenging their loss to the Redblacks in the 2016 championship game. 2:49

« I wanted to show the world what I could do, » Williams said. « That field is horrible. It was slippery. I couldn’t wear the cleats I wanted to.

Williams gave the Stamps a 21-11 lead going into halftime and instilled confidence in a team so fragile from two previous Grey Cup defeats.

« We said all week there’s no way we’re going to lose this game. We weren’t going to choke. »

Most Outstanding Canadian

Resilience is what the Stampeders preached all season long. Calgary wanted to be a team that fought through adversity and found ways to win.

Lemar Durant needed to be resilient when it mattered most. He dropped two easy passes for the Stampeders early in the game and looked shaken.

But Mitchell never gave up on his receiver. And Durant wasn’t about to drop the ball a third time.

He made a spectacular leaping catch and dove into the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter to give the team a 14-3 lead.

« Bo trusted me, threw it up and I made the play, » Durant said.

« Being the competitor I am, those drops hurt. It’s hard for me to get those drops out of my head. But then at the same time I worked way too hard to get here and let that affect me. »

You always dream of winning championships but to get it done is awesome … We were going to die on that field if we had to.– Lemar Durant

Durant rebounded after those first two drops, catching the next four passes thrown his way. He finished the game with 30 receiving yards, along with 22 rushing, and was named Most Outstanding Canadian.

« You always dream of winning championships but to get it done is awesome, » Durant said.

« We were going to die on that field if we had to. »

Sweet victory for Calgary coach

As the party spilled into the locker room, head coach Dave Dickenson was in the middle of it all.

He was doused with champagne, cracked opened a beer and then sprayed a bunch of his players. His relief, happiness and emotion were clearly evident as he celebrated with his players.

« There’s been a lot of frustrated guys these last few years, » Dickenson said. « It felt like we had to get it done and we did. »

This was Dickenson’s first Grey Cup win as a head coach and his third consecutive appearance — but the previous two trips have haunted him. The former quarterback won Cups before as a player and lost them too, but the defeat last year to Toronto was the worst ever for him.

« Last year was the hardest loss of my life. Player or coach, » he said. « I didn’t know if we’d get back and I really didn’t want to think what three losses in a row would feel like.

« This first win is sure sweet. »


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‘Finally!’ Third time’s the charm for Stampeders in Grey Cup victory


Edmonton and Calgary football fans set aside their long-standing rivalries Sunday to celebrate bringing the Grey Cup back to Western Canada as the Calgary Stampeders beat the Ottawa Redblacks in the 106th Grey Cup.

“Finally,” said Wayne Anderson, dressed in his Calgary Stampeders jersey while watching the game at Hudson’s on 109 St. on Sunday, “after three years, finally.”

Calgary Stampeders coach Dave Dickenson a champion’s shower after his team defeated the Ottawa Redblacks in the 106th Grey Cup in Edmonton on Sunday.
Calgary Stampeders coach Dave Dickenson a champion’s shower after his team defeated the Ottawa Redblacks in the 106th Grey Cup in Edmonton on Sunday.  (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)

For Calgary Stampeders fans watching their team make a third attempt at taking the Grey Cup home in three years, the third time proved to be the charm as they defeated the Redblacks 27-16.

“We deserve this,” said Estaban Sein, a Stampeders fan living in Edmonton while he studies business at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. “It’s our turn to win.”

Cold weather and frozen turf didn’t seem to dampen any spirits during the 106th Grey Cup, the pinnacle of the CFL season, as both teams delivered explosive plays and fans huddled in the stands, at bars and around televisions to catch the action.

Sunday’s win marks the Stampeders’ first Grey Cup victory since 2014. The Stampeders lost 39-33 in overtime to Ottawa in 2016 before dropping a 27-24 decision last year to the Toronto Argonauts.

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West is best as Calgary Stampeders capture Grey Cup

Key moments from the Grey Cup

Running back Terry Williams played a vital role in helping Calgary win the CFL title in its third straight appearance, ending their recent Grey Cup misery.

Williams had a record 97-yard punt-return touchdown on a slippery Commonwealth Stadium turf.

Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell — the CFL’s most outstanding player this season after tossing a league-best 35 touchdowns — was the game MVP with two TD passes but also two interceptions. Stampeders receiver Lemar Durant of Vancouver was named the outstanding Canadian with four catches for 30 yards and a TD and a 22-yard run.

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was named the most valuable player of the Grey Cup. He had two touchdown passes and was 14-of-21 passing for 182 yards.
Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was named the most valuable player of the Grey Cup. He had two touchdown passes and was 14-of-21 passing for 182 yards.  (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Ottawa — in its third Grey Cup competition in four years — appeared to score on Greg Ellingson’s acrobatic one-handed grab in the fourth quarter but replays showed the ball hit the turf. The Redblacks ended up turning the ball over on downs at the Calgary 7-yard line with just over eight minutes remaining.

After Ottawa turned the ball over on downs again, Calgary’s Jamar Wall and Tre Roberson followed up with interceptions on consecutive Redblacks possessions. Roberson’s pick came with just 1:22 left in the game.

On top of bragging rights and accolades from fans, Calgary players will receive a $16,000 winner’s share while the Redblacks go home with $8,000 apiece.

Despite declarations of “ABC,” shorthand for the Edmonton sports fan’s mantra of cheering for anyone but Calgary, some Edmonton Eskimos fans who didn’t get the chance to see their home team in the championship adopted their rival team as their own, even just temporarily.

Calgary running back Terry Williams (38) celebrates a punt-return touchdown against Ottawa with defensive back Tunde Adeleke (27).
Calgary running back Terry Williams (38) celebrates a punt-return touchdown against Ottawa with defensive back Tunde Adeleke (27).  (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

One family of Edmonton Eskimos fans loyal enough to live in a house painted green and gold was just happy to see a Western Canadian team take back the Cup.

“Keep it in the West,” said 79-year-old Myrna Greene, who was cheering on the Stampeders from the comfort of her living room inside her Edmonton Eskimos themed house near 93 Ave. and 92 St.

Regardless of the result, most fans left happy just to have been a part of the Grey Cup experience.

“We love the spirit of an Edmonton party,” said Patricia South, cheering on the Redblacks from The Pint on 109 St.. “Edmonton is a great city. People are friendly. We love it. We love coming to Edmonton.”

In the lead up to the 106th Grey Cup championship, Edmonton shut down a section of Jasper Avenue downtown to host a Grey Cup Festival, featuring tube slides, a zip line, bungees inviting all to take part in Grey Cup revelry extending well into the night.

Hours before the game, the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club announced that the 106th Grey Cup had sold out all 55,819 tickets for the championship game.

“This is a situation where words cannot express how we feel,” said Len Rhodes, Edmonton Eskimos president and CEO and 2018 Grey Cup co-chair in the release.

“Edmonton and the entire nation have set a new standard of how to celebrate the Grey Cup together.”

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was the CFL's most outstanding player in the regular season, as well as the Grey Cup MVP.
Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was the CFL’s most outstanding player in the regular season, as well as the Grey Cup MVP.  (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Organizers estimated 500,000 CFL fans from coast to coast arrived in Edmonton to take in the big game, festival, awards and other fantastic events. It is expected to bring an economic boom of approximately $80 million to the local economy by the end of the festivities.

Next year, Calgary will host the 107th Grey Cup at McMahon Stadium.

With files from Kashmala Fida, Nadine Yousif and The Canadian Press

Claire Theobald is an Edmonton-based reporter who covers crime and the courts. Follow her on Twitter: @clairetheobald


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