The 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games just added a few more names to the lineup for the cross-country skiing competition. A four-strong Canadian men’s team and Justyna Kowalczyk have confirmed their places in the competition.
Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland is currently ranked number one in women’s cross-country skiing in the world. She has won gold, silver, and bronze at the Winter Olympics, along with 15 wins and 38 podiums placements at the World Cup.
Three Olympians and one national sprint champion make up the team from Canada. Among them is the national number one skier, Devon Kershaw, who won a gold and silver at the 2006 Winter Games in New Zealand. Lenny Valjas is Canada’s sprint champion. Canada overall won 14 out of the 16 cross-country competitions at the 2006 Games, dominating the podiums in almost every race.
Also competing in the Games are Brazil, the United States, Australia, Peru, and Switzerland. The Games feature both able-bodied and adaptive races in multiple disciplines. The Games go from August 13-28 at Snow Farm near Lake Wanaka.