Canadian Cross-Country Ski Team members, left to right, Russell Kennedy, Brian McKeever, and Xavier McKeever, ski up a hill during early season training in Canmore, Alta., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canadian Cross-Country Ski Team members, left to right, Russell Kennedy, Brian McKeever, and Xavier McKeever, ski up a hill during early season training in Canmore, Alta., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

COVID-19 outbreak puts Canmore Nordic Centre skiers in quarantine

Nordiq Canada announced Monday the cross-country team won’t travel to Europe

An outbreak of 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 has occurred at the Nordic Centre in Canmore, Alta.

The Canmore Nordic Centre is the headquarters of Canada’s cross-country ski and biathlon teams, which have been training there this fall.

“The sport cohort outbreak is related to an adult cross-country team training at the Canmore Nordic Centre,” Alberta Health spokesperson Zoe Cooper told The Canadian Press in an email Wednesday.

“The COVID-positive individuals are isolating as required and all close contacts have been tested and are also isolating.”

Nordiq Canada, which oversees the national cross-country team, did not confirm whether national-team athletes were among confirmed cases citing health and medical privacy.

Alberta provincial team athletes also train at the Nordic Centre.

“We are aware of a positive COVID-19 test within the Canmore regional training environment,” Nordiq Canada said in a statement Wednesday.

“Nordiq Canada is assisting impacted individuals, and those who have come in close contact.

“These individuals are inquarantine and following all of the required protocols in place to protect themselves and the community at large.”

Biathlon Canada general manager Heather Ambery says Nordiq Canada informed her organization of a positive COVID-19 test.

“All athletes and staff within the (senior) national team were notified of the positive case and have been in touch with our team doctor to identify if there were any close contacts,” Ambery said in an email to The Canadian Press.

“We continue to monitor the situation while working closely with our chief medical officer and sport partners.”

Canmore had 16 active cases of the virus as of Wednesday in a population of 16,273, according to Alberta Health statistics.

Nordiq Canada announced Monday the cross-country team won’t travel to Europe to race World Cups prior to January “after weighing the risks associated with international travel as numbers of COVID-19 continue to increase globally.

“COVID-19 is the most challenging competitor we have faced as a sport organization which forces continual adjustments to our performance plans.”

The skiers’ next competition will be the world championship team trials Jan. 7-10 in Whistler, B.C. The world nordic ski championships are scheduled for Feb. 22 to March 7 in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Biathlon Canada intends to send the Canadian team to the first World Cups races of the season starting Nov. 27 in Kontiolahti, Finland, according to Ambery.

The Canadian Press

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Image curtesy Metro Creative Connection
County of Wetaskiwin addresses unpaid oil and gas taxes

The County of Wetaskiwin is addressing unpaid oil and gas taxes and… Continue reading

file photo
County Council discusses new tax incentives for non-residential properties

County of Wetaskiwin Council discussed new tax incentives for non-residential properties at… Continue reading

Screen grab/ Government of Alberta COVID-19 aggregate data map
City of Wetaskiwin down to just five active cases

Active COVID-19 cases in the City of Wetaskiwin continue to decline.

Alberta's chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says Albertans need to keep making safe choices to start bending the curve back down. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
One new COVID-19 death in Red Deer, 257 additional cases province-wide

Red Deer sits at 459 active cases of the virus

A health-care worker looks at a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Palais de Congress site as Quebec begins mass vaccinations based on age across the province, Monday, March 1, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Nearly 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses arriving in Canada this week: Anand

Anita Anand says she’s received assurances from the vaccine manufacturer

Backcountry skiers are dwarfed by the mountains as they make their way along a mountain ridge near McGillivray Pass Lodge located in the southern Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Avalanche Canada has issued a special warning to people who use the backcountry in the mountains of western Alberta and eastern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Avalanche Canada special warning for mountains in western Alberta, eastern B.C.

Avalanche Canada also says everyone in a backcountry party needs essential rescue gear

A vial of some of the first 500,000 of the two million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Canada has secured through a deal with the Serum Institute of India in partnership with Verity Pharma at a facility in Milton, Ont., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Carlos Osorio - POOL
Federal panel recommends 4-month gap between COVID vaccine doses due to limited supply

The recommendation applies to all COVID-19 vaccines currently approved in Canada

Maskwacis virtual job fair
MEC goes virtual with job fair and services during pandemic

By Chevi Rabbit For Ponoka News Maskwacis Employment Center’s (MEC’s) semi-annual job… Continue reading

hands
The call is out in Rimbey to sign on with a group that is all about building connections

‘Already, we are building a network where we can rely on each other and help each other out’

FILE - Dolly Parton arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning singer, actor and humanitarian posted a video on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, of her singing just before getting her COVID-19 vaccine shot. Parton donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee for coronavirus research. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
‘Vaccine, vaccine’: Dolly sings ‘Jolene’ rewrite before shot

The Grammy-winning legend turned 75 this year

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland speaks about the Fiscal update during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday November 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
COVID-19: Wage and rent subsidies, lockdown support to be extended until June

Chrystia Freeland says now is not time to lower levels of support

Many rural seniors are having to travel a long way to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Stettler residents are being told to go to Red Deer, Drumheller or Camrose. (Black Press file photo).
Rural central Alberta seniors have to travel far to get vaccines

Stettler residents are being directed to Red Deer, Drumheller or Camrose clinics

Samantha Sharpe, 25, was stabbed to death at Sunchild First Nation on Dec. 12, 2018. Chelsey Lagrelle was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for manslaughter in a Red Deer courtroom on Tuesday. Photo contributed
Central Alberta woman sentenced to 4 1/2 years for stabbing friend to death in 2018

Chelsey Lagrelle earlier pleaded guilty to stabbing Samantha Sharpe during argument

Most Read