(Press release) Canadian Olivier Léveillé finishes second in top 30 in Olympic cross-country ski distance race – FasterSkier.com

Olivier Léveillé (CAN) – (Photo: NordicFocus)

Canadian Olivier Léveillé concluded his first Olympic Games with his second top 30 of the week, finishing 27th in the men’s 30 kilometer free technique.

The Sherbrooke, Que. persevered despite a broken ski and high winds that shortened the planned race from 5 kilometers to 30 kilometers at the National Cross-Country Center in Zhangjiakou, near Beijing. Léveillé finished the course with a time of 1:15:54.3.

“I am very proud of my first Olympic Games. It was bittersweet. I felt incredibly good today,” the 20-year-old said. “I was well placed in the peloton and was about to make a move to get into the top 30 on the first lap, but unfortunately someone stuck their pole on my ski, and it broke it. “

Léveillé struggled the next kilometer on one ski until he was met by a Team Canada ski technician to make the switch.

“I lost at least a minute on the peloton in that kilometer, so I was proud to come back,” said Léveillé. “It was a mental battle today against myself and the wind, but I managed to get my second top 30 of the Games.”

Léveillé was also the top Canadian in the 15-kilometre individual classic cross-country ski race earlier in the week when he placed 29th.

Two Russians, Alexander Bolshunov and Ivan Yakimushkin, finished one-two in the race. Bolshunov was the first to cross the line with a time of 1:11:32.7. Yakimushkin won the silver medal in 1:11:38.2. Norway’s Simen Hegstad Krueger was third in 1:11:39.7.

Remi Drolet (Rossland, BC) was the only other Canadian in the 60-man field and finished 35th with a time of 1:16:27.1.

“It was difficult there. “It started well, but it didn’t go as well as I wanted today,” said Drolet. “It was just one of those days where I was really struggling and wasn’t able to find the next gear.”

The women’s 30 kilometer free technique race will take place on Sunday in Beijing.

Complete male results: https://bit.ly/359dNiS

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