Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team celebrates historic racing season at 2022 National Championships

Thanks to dedicated athletes, coaches, and volunteers, the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team placed fifth overall at the 2022 National Championships, earning them the top spot in British Columbia.

Alexandra Luxmoore and Maeve Macleod lead the field on the final day of Nationals in the U18 Girls Mass Start Skate. Photo: Joern Rohde, courtesy of Zach Hill.

After countless drills, off-season training days, and two winters without competitions, the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team is celebrating a historically successful racing season. 

From March 20 to March 27, the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team competed in the 2022 National Championships in Whistler, B.C. Finishing fifth overall, the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team is now the top nordic ski club in British Columbia.

On the podium, the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team is celebrating two aggregate wins, five aggregate podiums, five gold medals and ten podium finishes. Multiple athletes also celebrated their best career finishes.

Maeve Macleod and Alexandra Luxmoore lead the race in the U18 Girls Skate Mass Start. Photo courtesy of Zach Hill.

“We focus on Nationals as our biggest event of the season,” explains Zach Hill, head racing coach for the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team.

“It was really nice to see most of our racers get to realize their potential on our biggest stage of the year.”

Meya Musseau and Sierra Pochay-McBain celebrate 6th overall in the Junior Girls Team Sprint Final. Photo courtesy of Zach Hill.

Overcoming ‘learning curves’ while racing to the finish line

While the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team triumphed at Nationals, this winter proved challenging after athletes spent two winters without competitions.

Zach Hill (right) had a successful first season as the Head Racing Coach for the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team, thanks to hard work and dedication from the athletes. Photo: Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team.

“We hit our first races in early December, and that was basically the first ski races that anybody had done in over a year and a half,” explains Hill. During the pandemic, the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team raced drills and donned pinnies — but did not compete against any other clubs or teams.

Thanks to dedicated off-season training from the spring into the fall, the team built up their confidence and started this winter season strong.

“I think with endurance sports in particular, there’s a huge mental component to it. I think having confidence in your abilities plays a big role, and I definitely saw that throughout the winter with our group,” Hill elaborates.

“Once we got back into it this year, I think that enthusiasm for racing really blossomed once we hit that stride, [seeing] how excited everyone was to compete. It was pretty neat.”

Maeve Macleod on her way to the podium in the U18 Girls five kilometre skate. Photo: Cara Gordon courtesy of Zach Hill

Revelstoke Nordic Ski Racing Team results from the 2022 National Championships

The 2021/2022 season was Hill’s first year coaching the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team, and he credits the athletes for doing “all the hard work.”

According to Hill, all he had to do was keep enthusiasm high on the road to the podium.

Overall, the team celebrated the following results from the 2022 National Championships:

Maeve Macleod powers through the field, finishing first in her quarterfinal heat in the Classic Sprint. Photo courtesy of Zach Hill.

Top three year-of-birth aggregates:

First: Meya Musseau and Alexandra Luxmoore.

Second: Maeve Macleod.

Third: Marlie Molinaro.

Maeve Macleod and Alexandra Luxmoore take the top step of the podium in the Junior Girls Team Sprint at the 2022 National Championships. Photo courtesy of Zach Hill.

Top U23 aggregates:

First: Beth Granstrom.

Top category aggregates:

First: Meya Musseau, U16 Women.

Second: Alexandra Luxmoore, U18 Women.

Third: Maeve Macleod, U16 Women.

Meya Musseau wins the U16 Girls 5k Classic. Photo courtesy of Zach Hill.

Congratulations to the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Team for all your hard work, and a successful racing season!

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Bailey Gingras-Hamilton is a recent graduate of the Mount Royal University Journalism program, where she developed an interest in current events and social issues. As a chronically curious individual, she enjoys exploring new places, cuisines, and cultures.