Devon Kershaw

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Devon Kershaw
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Full name Luke Devon Kershaw
Born (1982-12-20) 20 December 1982 (age 35)
Sudbury, Ontario
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Ski club Onaping Falls Nordics Ski Club
World Cup career
Seasons 2004-
Individual wins 3
Indiv. podiums 14

Devon Kershaw (born December 20, 1982) is a Canadian retired cross country skier who competed from 2005 to 2018.[1] 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[edit]

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.

Athletic career[edit]

In the 2005 World Championships in Oberstdorf finished 14th in the individual sprint.

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 2009, Kershaw and the Canadian team finish sixth in the 4 x 10 km relay in the Liberec World Championships, the highest placing ever for the Canadian Team.

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.[2] 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[2] 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.

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[3]

Individual podiums[edit]

  • 3 victories – (2 WC, 1 SWC)
  • 14 podiums – (6 WC, 8 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1  2005–06  7 March 2006 Sweden Borlänge, Sweden 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
2  2006–07  31 December 2006 Germany Munich, Germany 1.1 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 2nd
3  2008–09  28 December 2008 Germany Oberhof, Germany 15 km Pursuit C Stage World Cup 3rd
4  2010–11  1 January 2011 Germany Oberhof, Germany 15 km Pursuit C Stage World Cup 2nd
5 2 January 2011 Germany Oberstdorf, Germany 1.2 km Sprint C Stage World Cup 2nd
6 5 January 2011 Italy Toblach, Italy 1.3 km Sprint F Stage World Cup 1st
7 8 January 2011 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 20 km Mass Start C Stage World Cup 3rd
8  2011–12  22 January 2012 Estonia Otepää, Estonia 15 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
9 2 February 2012 Russia Moscow, Russia 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
10 4 February 2012 Russia Rybinsk, Russia 15 km Mass Start F World Cup 1st
11 17 February 2012 Poland Szklarska Poręba, Poland 1.6 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
12 16 March 2012 Sweden Falun, Sweden 3.3 km Individual F Stage World Cup 3rd
13 14–18 March 2012 Sweden World Cup Final Overall Standings World Cup 2nd
14  2013–14  28 December 2013 Germany Oberhof, Germany 4.5 km Individual F Stage World Cup 2nd

Team podiums[edit]

  • 1 podium – (1 RL)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1  2016–17  22 January 2017 Sweden Ulricehamn, Sweden 4 x 7.5 km Relay M World Cup 3rd Harvey / Johnsgaard / Väljas

Personal life[edit]

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.

He is married to Norwegian cross-country skier Kristin Størmer Steira,[2] the two having been together since December 2012 and married since July 2015,[4] and has one daughter, born in 2017.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/article-world-champion-canadian-cross-country-skier-devon-kershaw-retires/
  2. ^ a b c Spencer, Donna (23 November 2015). "Devon Kershaw, cross-country skier, looking for elusive Olympic podium". CBC Sports. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Athlete : KERSHAW Devon". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  4. ^ VG.no (Norwegian)

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