Sea to Sky snowboard cross racer Maëlle Ricker managed to reach one big final and one small final when the World Cup tour made a rare stop in Andorra over the weekend.
The 2010 Olympic gold medallist and current world champion was unable to qualify for the big final in Saturday’s (Jan. 11) race at Vallnord-Arcalis, finishing second in the small final to place eighth. She came back Sunday (Jan. 12) with a sixth-place finish after making it through to the big final. Fellow local rider Carle Brenneman finished 18th on Saturday and followed up with a 26th-place finish on Sunday.
Canadian rider Dominique Maltais was on the podium in both events, winning Saturday’s race before taking silver on Sunday. Maltais has now earned a medal at all four World Cup races so far this season and leads the overall standings.
The weekend’s races were the last before next month’s Olympics. The World Cup tour resumes in March at La Molina, Spain.
Janyk skis out at Adelboden
The first two races of 2014 haven’t gone Mike Janyk’s way, as the Whistler skier was watching the second run of a World Cup slalom race for the second week in a row on Sunday (Jan. 12).
Janyk was one of 24 skiers who was unable to finish their first run at Adelboden, Switzerland. On Jan. 6, the 31-year-old did not advance to the second run after finishing 36th. Brad Spence, who finished 20th, was the only Canadian to finish in the points for either race.
Janyk is still looking to top the 20th-place finish he recorded at his season-opening race in Finland back in November. He currently sits 31st in the discipline standings.
Both the men’s speed and technical teams are now heading to Wengen, Austria, where a combined, downhill and slalom are planned for Jan. 17 to 19.
Hicks 13th at Deer Valley
Whistler’s Eddie Hicks skied to a 13th-place finish in World Cup moguls competition at Deer Valley, Utah, on Friday (Jan. 9), reaching his second consecutive final after finishing 11th in Calgary the week before.
Hicks qualified in 10th position with a score of 22.62. He bumped his score up to 22.80 in the final but wound up a few spots back, finishing as the fourth-best Canadian on the day. Hicks’s teammates swept the podium, with Mikael Kingsbury, Alex Bilodeau and Marc-Antoine Gagnon placing one-two-three.
Hicks was left out of the finals when Deer Valley hosted another World Cup event on Sunday, finishing 26th. Bilodeau and Kingsbury swapped positions on the podium from Friday, as the 2010 Olympic champ picked up his first win of the season.
The team will remain busy this week with two more races, the first going Wednesday (Jan. 15) at Val St. Come, Que., and the other happening Sunday (Jan. 19) at Lake Placid.
KVRS resumes with Ptarmigan GS
Fifty racers came out last Thursday (Jan. 6) when the Kokanee Valley Race Series resumed with a giant slalom on Ptarmigan to kick off 2014.
With Rob Boyd on hand to set the course for the first of two runs, Ryan Oughtred set the day’s fastest time overall at one minute, 35.29 seconds, while Sanae Tanaka clocked in with a combined time of 1:48.21 to lead all women.
Oughtred won the men’s 30 to 39 age category handily but was just one second quicker than Phil Beauregard, who skied to victory in the men’s 50 to 59 division. Other men’s group winners were Ian Stirk (19 to 29), Michael Noc (40 to 49), Paul Psutka (60 to 69), David Trussler (70 to 79), James Meyers (telemark) and Max Wiglesworth (snowboard).
In women’s competition, Tanaka was first in the 50 to 59 division but also had a slim overall lead on Liz Thompson, who won the 40 to 49 group. Other women’s winners were Grace Oaks (70-plus), Barbara Walker (60 to 69), Corrine Stoltz (30 to 39) and Hannah McIntyre (19 to 29).
The next race in the series goes Jan. 23. Visit www.whistlerblackcomb.com/events for more info.
Perrin joins B.C. Adaptive Snowsports
Whistler’s Morgan Perrin has been hired as the new athlete development coach for B.C. Adaptive Snowsports (BCAS).
The 2010 Paralympian, who spent eight years with the national para-alpine team before retiring from competition at the end of last winter, will lead BCAS’s Building Our Best race camps as well as heading up the newly created B.C. Para-Alpine Ski Team Prospect Program.
“It has been an honour and privilege to have represented Canada at the elite level of para-alpine skiing,” Perrin said in a release. “I am looking forward to giving back and helping young athletes have some of the experiences I’ve had.”
The Building Our Best program has been helping athletes with physical or cognitive disabilities learn to ski race with several events held at ski areas around the province each winter, and Perrin will now be helping future provincial team members grasp the fundamentals.
“I am thrilled to welcome Morgan to our organization,” said BCAS executive director Wayne Leslie. “We are confident his experience will be an invaluable asset.”
Surf Pemberton holding fundraiser
The best way to help the river surf project planned for Rutherford Creek this week is by eating pizza.
Surf Pemberton will be holding a Creekbread fundraiser on Tuesday (Jan. 14) starting at 5 p.m. In addition to the delicious wood-fired pies at the restaurant, there will be live music, raffle tickets and the chance to win a Peaks N Swells Surf Camp trip to Costa Rica.
To learn more about the Surf Pemberton proposal, visit the ‘Surf Pemberton’ page on Facebook.