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Ritchie, Stewart-Jones earn Olympic skiing berths

Graham Ritchie is a current member of the National Team Development Centre-Thunder Bay team, while Katherine Stewart-Jones skied for them from 2015 to 2019.

THUNDER BAY – A pair of skiers with Thunder Bay connections are headed to the Olympic Games.

Parry Sound, Ont.’s Graham Ritchie, a current member of the National Team Development Centre – Thunder Bay roster, and Ottawa’s Katherine Stewart-Jones, a former member of the team, were both on Thursday named to Canada’s Olympic cross country skiing squad.

Ritchie has a career best 17th-place finish on the World Cup circuit and earned his spot at last week’s Canadian Olympic Trials in Canmore, Alta.

Stewart-Jones competed under the NDTC-Thunder Bay banner from 2015 to 2019.

“The entire team is very proud of Graham's accomplishment, and I think Graham would be the first to say that it was the day-to-day training with his teammates and backing from NTDC's integrated support team that has helped him achieve this goal,” said NTDC coach Timo Puiras.

The Beijing Olympic cross-country skiing events take place from Feb. 5 to Feb. 20 at the Zhangjiakou Cross Country Centre.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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