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PUSHING HARD – Romeo Champagne competes in the 12.5km Pursuit on Thursday at Lake Placid, N.Y. Champagne finished 33rd in the race. Photo courtesy of TEAM CANADA

Romeo Champagne competes in first World University Games

Romeo Champagne of Whitehorse competed in his first World University Games this past week.

By Morris Prokop on January 23, 2023

Romeo Champagne of Whitehorse competed in his first World University Games this past week.

The Games took place in Lake Placid. They ran from Jan. 13 to 22.

Champagne is going to the University of Calgary, where he is in his third year of Bio-Mechanics.

The Star spoke to Champagne before the Games. He said he was looking forward to competing.

“I’m really excited to compete against so many different countries. It’s pretty cool to see all the different team jackets walking around the range and on the ski trails and hearing all the different languages is also pretty interesting.”

Champagne competed in the Men’s 10km Sprint Wednesday, finishing 33rd in a time of 33:02.7.

The top Canadian in the race was Zachary Demers, who finished 23rd in 31:13.4.

Shilo Rousseau finished second in the Women’s 7.5km Sprint in a time of 24:41.2.

Champagne also finished 33rd in the Men’s 12.5km Pursuit Thursday.

William Moineau was the top Canadian, finishing in 22nd.

Rousseau continued her dominance with a win in the Women’s 10km Pursuit on Thursday in a time of 32:24.4.

In the Men’s 15km Mass Start Saturday, Zachary Demers was the top Canadian in 23rd in a time of 44:56.0.

Champagne didn’t participate in Saturday’s race.

In Saturday’s Women’s 12.5km Mass Start, Rousseau was again the top Canadian, finishing off a very successful Games with a sixth-place finish in 42:06.3.

Rousseau was named Team Canada’s flag bearer for the closing ceremonies of the Games.

Rousseau won two gold and one bronze at the Games.

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