SOCHI, Russia -- Both the Canadian men's and women's teams failed to advance to the finals of the Olympic team sprint cross-country skiing event Wednesday.

The men's team, comprised of Alex Harvey of St. Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., and Devon Kershaw of Sudbury, Ont., were sixth out of 11 teams in their group.

In the women's event, Daria Gaiazova of Banff, Alta., and Perianne Jones of Almonte, Ont., were fifth out of the nine teams in their semifinal group.

Harvey, who has struggled with his wax throughout the Games, said the course was "really hard and the conditions were tricky."`

"We had the skis though, today it wasn't the skis."

Kershaw was battling a flu bug but felt prepared as could be.

"But I wasn't even sure I was going to race until this morning when the doctor checked me out and said I wasn't going to damage myself worse," said Kershaw. "Starting to feel a little better, but obviously not better enough. I got trashed out there, it was really difficult, the guys are really giving it."