Penticton’s Fred Albrechtson in the lead at the Western Canadian championships in West Kelowna on the weekend. Submitted photo

Bronze for South Okanagan skier at Western Canadians

Penticton cross country skier Fred Albrechtson earned a bronze medal at the Western Canadians

Hot off a strong finish the week before in Revelstoke, Penticton cross country skier Fred Albrechtson earned a bronze medal Saturday at the Western Canadian Championship at Telemark Nordic Centre in West Kelowna.

The only two finishers ahead of him in the two-lap, 10-kilometre mass start event were Tom Stephen and Xavier McKeever who were both selected to represent Canada for World Juniors U20 earlier this year in Finland.

Albrechtson’s strategy was to keep up right from the start and he even led after the first lap.

On Sunday was a divisional skate relay 3.3 km times three people. His BC team placed third in very cold conditions.

Related: Top finishes for Penticton nordic racer Albrechtson

The first day of the weekend racing he competed in the skate 1,100-metre race, although he didn’t have a great start in the qualifier he did advance to the first heat where he lost.

Although he was in the hunt, for much of the race, it was a fairly flat course and hills are his specialty.

Related: Albrechtson brings home the gold

Next up for the 16-year-old Penticton skier will be at the Larch Hills Nordic centre in Salmon for the Teck BC Championships starting March 1 unless he gets called to compete for Team BC at the Canada Games. He was selected as an alternate athlete for the team.

His final major event will be at the Ski Nationals at Parc Nakkertok, Gatineau, Que. on March 20.



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Fred Albrechtsonof Penticton in front at the 10-kilometre mass start at Telemark Nordic Centre in West Kelowna during the Western Canadian Championships with Tom Stephen, Xavier McKeever and Joe Davies on his heels. Submitted photo

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