Posted by Editoress on 08/21/04
Review / Preview MTB Canada Cup 2004
As usual in an Olympic year "smaller" events (like Sunpeaks or others) have to take a back seat, but nevertheless may be the next step to the next Olympics. Is this really true or do we just like to believe this? Does a series like the Canada Cup have a future and is it the future for the next generation? We have had the privilege over the last 20 years to be involved in different sports like speed skating, track and field, Nordic combined, cross country skiing triathlon and MTB. Every single athlete was a unique individual personality with a different response to training and social interactions. But all had one thing in common, all were or are endurance athletes and all of them had to go trough a structural development over a time span of 6 - 8 years to reach their ability to be a part of the world class endurance family. Lots of athletes try to get faster legally or otherwise but in the end the dedication, love of the sport and last but not least the social environment (family, friends, coaches, sponsors and associations) will help to show the real champions.
In MTB there are 2 exceptional athletes this year in perhaps their last Olympics. On the men's side Thomas Frischknecht and on the women's side Alison Sydor..
Over the next few months we will see a lot of finger pointing and negative comments of what is wrong, but very little positive constructive ideas. We are already finish with the main planning for some athletes for 2008/ 2012 Olympics and we use the Olympic year to see what other teams (nations, associations) are doing or not doing, how we can improve the environment for future athletes and help for a positive outlook.
This year's European Championship in MTB was a clear indication of what is coming in the future. Development is already the front runner for 2008. Even associations like Sweden already have a 2008 team going, not to mention countries like Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Austria and Spain just to name a few. Top nations left their top athletes at home (European Championship) to open the door for the future. Frischknecht is running a development team (Swiss power team) and has been giving back to the sport for years. This is just one story of a much larger trend in Europe.
What has this to do with a Canada Cup review /preview? Following is a summary for all the insiders of the MTB scene. A careful interpretation of these statistics can be very helpful to plan future development.
Canada Cup (CC) / Canadian champion ship (CS) statistics from last Olympics (2000 to 2004).
|Event||Year||Category||# of athletes||Athletes|
|CC||2000||Junior exp. Male||51||Douglas||Savoy||Routley|
|CC||2000||Junior exp. Female||18||Mawdsley||Tarlton||Yoisten|
|CC||2000||Pro Elite men||121||Hestler||Tourville||Wedge|
|CC||2000||Pro Elite Female||52||Sinclair||Bisaro||Premont|
|CC||2001||Junior exp. Male||48||Bussieres||Coates||Trudel|
|CC||2001||Junior exp. Female||20||Jobin||McKirdy||Feldmann|
|CC||2001||Pro Elite men||107||Toulouse||Tourville||Miles|
|CC||2001||Pro Elite Women||47||Bisaro||Sinclair||Premont|
|CC||2002||Junior exp. Male||55||Bussieres||Trudel||Couture|
|CC||2002||Junior exp. Female||18||McKirdy||Torreson||Hupin|
|CC||2002||Pro Elite men||111||Hurley||Federau||Sneddon|
|CC||2002||Pro Elite Female||59||Bisaro||Walter||Starko|
|CC||2003||Junior exp. Male||35||Plaxton||Lamb||Thorpe|
|CC||2003||Junior exp. Female||12||Batty||Vipond||Gagne|
|CC||2003||Pro elite men||102||Jakomait||Lega||Wedge|
|CC||2003||Pro Elite female||54||Walter||Premont||Dewolfe|
|CC||2004||Pro Elite men||93|
|CC||2004||Pro Elite female||54|
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