After CXC Elite Team Member Jennie Bender won the Classic Birkie in
February her winter looked bright, but with the cancelation of many of
the Supertour events, Jennie made the decision to keep things on ice and
headed north to Americaâ€™s Tuque. She took Haywood by storm and finished
2nd in the 10k Classic, 3rd in the Classic Sprint against two top
Canadian team racers, and 7th in the 5k Skate.
Bender shared some insight as to how she is going to warm up in Sun Valley and keep her streak hot...
Q1: What made you decide to race at the 2011 Canadian Nationals in Haywood, and what was your factor to do the race?
Q1: I had a few options going into March for races. My options were,
Supertour in Truckee, the OPA cup in Europe, or the Canadian
Nationals. Canada was my top choice, partially because the logistics
were better, especially once the Supertour was canceled. It was definitely a good decision. I stayed with my teammate Brooke Gosling who is from Canmore, and
enjoyed the venue, people, and atmosphere immensely.
Q2: After such an impressive Classic Birkie, did you have any expectations going into the races in Canada, both classic and freestyle?
Q2: I didn't really know how the races would go since I have never
attended Canadian Nationals before. It was fun to be at a big race
close to home where I only knew six or seven people. Its always
exciting going into a race you have never done before, because you
have no past result to compare to, good or bad.
Q3: How will you take your successes in Canada and translate them into your races in Sun Valley?
Q3: I realized before the skate that it had been awhile since I did a 5k. I was
really amped after such a good showing in Canada, and am looking forward to
having fun racing at Sun Valley, along with hopefully continuing my
result streak. I must say I am pretty excited that the majority of
races in Sun Valley are classic, since that seems to be my strong suit.