The team WJC Canadian Team flew to Geneva, Switzerland and then drove to Praz de Lys, France for a training and acclimatization camp before the races in Switzerland. The sky was overcast and it dumped with snow for the first week that they were there but then the sun came out on the last two days, revealing the beautiful French Alps! “I absolutely loved the hotel where we were staying and the French host who served us the most amazing food. The mountains were beautiful and you could ski over a pass into another ski area. Everyone there was very kind to us Canadians. It was hard to leave.”
The French Alps
Hannah out for a training session in Praz de Lys, France.
The first race of the World Junior Championships in Goms, Switzerland was the Women’s Junior Skate Sprints. It turned out to be Hannah’s most successful race. She qualified 27th out of 79 competitors from around the world. Only the top 30 move on to the heats. “I was happy to have made it to the heats for the first time at an international competition. The uphills and downhills on the sprint course were very challenging and technical. The day before I skied the downhill over and over until I was confident with my line.” During the quarter-final, Hannah was on the outside and got slightly behind halfway up the first climb and couldn’t close the gap. She ended up 29th, the top Canadian Junior Women for that day! “It was very motivating to be racing in the heats with the best juniors in the world and I realized just how fast I need to be in order to be competitive with the top.”
Goms, Switzerland was Hannah’s 2nd race of the competition. “I had a great first half. I could hear the traditional Swiss cowbells cheering me on as I raced! Although I lost my focus in the second half, I was still satisfied with my race”. Hannah ended up 45th out of 83 competitors, the second Canadian women behind Natalie Hynes from Whitehorse who was 36th.