Exel Ski Poles
"I'm very happy to join such innovative and forward thinking company such as Exel. Excited to be a part of the Exel team!” Ivan Babikov
Ivan Babikov joined the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Team in 2008 from Russia when he began competing on the national team in 2002. While Ivan made his Olympic debut with Russia in 2006, he has helped shape the strongest men’s cross-country ski team ever since gaining his full Canadian citizenship in December 2007. Ivan became one of three Canadian men ever to win a World Cup race when he captured top spot in the final gruelling stage of the Tour de Ski in 2009. Ivan and his Canadian teammates also stole the nation’s attention at Whistler Olympic Park when three of them finished in the top-10 in the Olympic pursuit race on home snow at the 2010 Games, while delivering seven top-10 performances as a team throughout the Games.