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Canada’s Top Women’s Distance Skier Redefines What It Means To Train

One Canmore Olympian is taking her training to the next level to compete with the world’s best

From Kelly VanderBeek to Macx Davies, Canmore is home to many Olympic winter athletes who often train at the Canmore Nordic Centre or the Legacy Trail.

But one Canmore Olympian has taken her training to the next level. 

Katherine Stewart-Jones is a top athlete from Nordiq Canada, the national sports organization for cross-country skiing in Canada.

Stewart-Jones is 28 years old and started skiing as soon as she could walk. She competed at her first national championship when she was 15.

Competitiveness runs through her blood.

Training for the Top Spot 

Stewart-Jones is more than willing to put in the work and then some to reach new heights in her athletic career. 

On top of her existing training program, Stewart-Jones was often double-polling on roller skis through downtown Canmore and running up Spray Lakes Road this past summer. 

Stewart-Jones’ intense training has turned heads and earned her a reputation as Nordiq Canada’s biggest volume trainer, meaning she trains more than anyone else. 

But the powerhouse was training for a reason. She set her sights on the new cross-country skiing season in Ruka, Finland, which started over the weekend. 

“Maintaining energy throughout the year is not an easy feat, but it’s something I want to do…I trained really consistently this summer, and I think that will pay off in that sense,” Stewart-Jones told the Rocky Mountain Outlook.

She increased her training intensity, volume, and gym hours to prepare for the season. Most would find Stewart-Jones’ training program intimidating.

Pushing the Limits

Katherine Stewart-Jones, Canada’s top women’s distance skier | Strides Canmore

But Stewart-Jones enjoys pushing herself to new limits and enthusiastically approaches her training. It’s no wonder she is the country’s top women’s distance skier

“I strive to do my best in everything I do. I am always looking to work on my weaknesses, build on my strengths and set new goals,” wrote Stewart-Jones on her website

Her efforts paid off on Sunday, earning her a spot as the top Canadian finisher in the 20-kilometre mass start freestyle. 

In mass start races, all skiers start simultaneously; the first skier across the finish line is the winner. 

Last season, Stewart-Jones achieved significant milestones in the World Cup, placing in the top 15 in individual races three times. 

“She trains a lot. That’s for sure. I think last year gave her the belief that she can compete with the best in the world,” said Nordiq Canada’s high-performance director, Chris Jeffries.

With Dahria Beatty, one of her main training partners, retiring recently, the team dynamic has changed. 

Stewart-Jones believes the younger women on the team bring new energy, but her goal remains the same: consistently rank in the top 15.

Without a world championship or Olympic Games this season, Stewart-Jones will focus on different races, including the Ski de Tour – a multi-stage event similar to cycling’s Tour de France.

Stewart-Jones will also compete in the Canmore World Cup in February.

Before the Canmore event, she plans to take a physical and mental break, but she’s determined to perform her best, especially on Canadian soil.

Stewart-Jones is another shining example of what makes Canmore athletes extraordinary: hard work, determination, and ambition.

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