Whitehorse-born cross-country skier Dahria Beatty secured a spot on the Canadian Olympic team after placing second in the Olympic trials in Canmore last weekend.
“Locking in that selection is definitely a big relief. Now I can focus on doing everything possible to give the best of myself to the [Olympic] games, ”Beatty said.
This will be Beatty’s second time representing Canada at the Olympics. She competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea.
Beatty was second in practice last weekend behind Katherine Stewart-Jones, who previously qualified for Team Canada at the World Cup last December.
She said she knew she had to beat everyone except Stewart-Jones during practice, “so I just went over there and gave it my all and luckily that was enough and I could take 20 seconds ahead of the next competitor. “
Although the skier from Yukon was able to carve out a place on the next team, she said she felt tired during the Olympic trials.
“The past week has been really stressful, but I was happy to be able to bounce back and play when I needed to,” said Beatty.
Alain Masson, head coach of the Yukon ski team that coached athletes in ski trials, told CBC News he was pleased with Beatty’s performance.
“I am always very happy when the athletes can do their best in their most important races,” he said.
A journey to the Olympic Games
Beatty started cross-country skiing at the age of three with the Jackrabbits program in Whitehorse.
She began representing Canada on the international stage in 2009 where she competed in the first of her three world junior championships.
In 2015, she made her debut at the U23 World Championships. Two years later, she returned and finished 12th in the sprint. That year, she also teamed up with Cendrine Browne for a 13th place in the team sprint and anchored Canada to a 10th place in the 4 x 5 km relay. This is Canada’s best result in the women’s relay since 2001, according to Canada’s Olympic website.
On her Olympic debut in 2018, when she was 24, Beatty competed in five events.
“I will try to take what I learned from the last time, which is to stay in the moment and not think too far as the matches progress,” she said declared.
Going to Beijing this year had been on Beatty’s mind for a long time.
“It’s definitely something that’s been circled on my calendar for many, many years,” she said.
The Canadian squad will be officially announced later today. Then, they will travel to Silver Star, B.C. for training camp before leaving for Beijing on Jan. 26, Beatty said.
The Winter Olympics begin on February 4.