|Full name||Luke Devon Kershaw|
20 December 1982 |
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Club||Onaping Falls Nordics Ski Club|
Devon Kershaw (born December 20, 1982) is a Canadian cross country skier who has been competing since 2005. Growing up in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, he split his time between several sports before choosing to focus on his cross country ski career. His career highlights include placing 2nd overall in the World Cup standing in 2011/2012 and claiming the World Champion title in 2011 at the World Ski Championships in Oslo, Norway in the men's team sprint with teammate Alex Harvey.
Early life and career
Devon grew up in the Northern Ontario city of Sudbury, Ontario. His father (Will) and mother (Maureen) were instrumental in developing and nurturing a love of the natural environment and active lifestyle. Kershaw was a serious sports enthusiast growing up, playing hockey, volleyball, badminton, tennis, and running competitively in his younger years.
Skiing for Laurentian Nordic as a young skier in Sudbury, he participated in 3 World Junior Championships (2000, 2001, 2002) and won 18 National Junior Medals. As a senior racer he moved West to Canmore, Alberta, home of Canada’s National Ski Team, to pursue his athletic dreams and pursuits.
He was also the first Canadian male cross country skier to medal in the sprint category – placing third in the Freestyle Sprint in Borlänge, Sweden, on March 7, 2006. In November 2006, he skied his way into the history books again by placing a best finish for a Canadian male in more than 10 years in a World Cup event – 2nd in the Men’s 15 kilometre classic race in Saariselkae, Finland.
During the first Tour de Ski in 2006–2007, Devon came 2nd in the first Stage – the Freestyle Sprint. Unfortunately, Devon became ill and was unable to finish the Tour.
In the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Kershaw's best individual finish was fifth in the 50 km event, and fourth in the team sprint with teammate Alex Harvey. This is the best placing ever for Canadian men in an Olympic cross-country competition.
In the 2011 tour de ski, Devon came in first in one of the sprint stages, beating Dario Cologna, and Petter Northug. In the Oslo 2011 World Championship Kershaw and Alex Harvey won the gold medal in the team sprint, bringing Canada their first ever gold and second FIS Nordic World Ski Championship medal ever, the first being Sara Renner's bronze in 2005.
In the 2012 Tour de ski, Devon came in 4th place overall, the best a Canadian has ever done. Devon Kershaw had his best ever season in 2011/2012, finishing second overall in the World Cup standings. He was on the podium in six world cup podiums with 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze.
Kershaw is the eldest of three children, sister Linnaea is a journalism student in Vancouver and brother Sean an Art History student in Montreal. Beyond skiing Kershaw plans to return to school to pursue a degree in medicine, with the eventual goal of becoming doctor specializing in sports medicine