Perianne Jones – Sustaining Momentum into 2011-12
For veteran Canadian national XC ski teamer, Perianne Jones, this past racing season was intended to be a rebuilding year.
Following a tough 2009-10 season where Jones cracked the top 30 on the World Cup circuit only once – notching a 25th in Canmore – she failed to qualify in the classic sprint event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Well, rebuild she did, gaining momentum through the season which began in North America and concluded with solid races at the Nordic World Championships in Oslo, Norway and later at the season-end World Cups. On the strength of her late season results Jones was named to Canada’s Senior World Cup Team, and is looking to sustain last year’s momentum going into the 2011-12 season.
She began the 2010-11 campaign racing in the domestic Haywood NorAm and Teck Sprint Series race circuit, as part of a strategy to rebuild her confidence and gain more experience racing in sprint heats. The strategy paid off, with Jones stepping onto the podium at just about every event she entered, recording wins at Sovereign Lake, Lappe, and Telemark. She was eventually crowned the overall women’s champion in both the Haywood NorAm and Teck Sprint series.
“It’s hard to race on the World Cup when you’re not putting in any good results, so it was good to gain some confidence over here and then head over to Europe later in the season feeling pretty confident.”
On the strength of her stellar NorAm results Jones stamped her ticket to the Nordic World Championships and late season World Cups, joining the Senior World Cup squad in Drammen (NOR) in late February. Once there she shook off any lingering doubts about her ability to race amongst the world’s best, posting some of the best results of her international career.
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