WMSC’s Sara Stiel dominates at U14 BC Coast Zone Teck Race

Also in sports briefs: Freestyle skiers podium at Timber Tour, Whistler Nordics host Thursday toonie races

The Whistler Mountain Ski Club’s U14 racers had a strong weekend on their home slopes, as they competed in the U14 BC Coast Zone Teck Race, held at the Dave Murray Training Centre Jan. 13 and Jan. 14.

The competition — a qualifying race weekend for the upcoming BC Winter Games was comprised of four separate races over the two days.

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Sara Stiel was the big winner of the weekend, walking away with three first-place finishes and one second-place result across the four events.

In the first ladies’ giant slalom race on Saturday, she was followed by WMSC teammates Kaila Lafreniere in second, Erin Husken in third, Ashley Perron in fourth, Isabelle Bexton in fifth and Cate Dance in seventh. Results in the afternoon’s GS race proved similar, with Lafreniere following Stiel in second, Husken fourth, Bexton fifth, with Laura Keogh and Alexa Brownlie also cracking the top 10, in seventh and ninth, respectively.

On the men’s side, WMSC was well represented with Duncan Ross second, Felix Shorter third and Rowland Legg fourth in the first men’s GS race. The top 10 also saw Nick Katrusiak land in fifth, Gilbert in sixth, Tye Chilton in eight and Sam Fuller finishing ninth.

The afternoon event saw Duncan Ross finish atop the podium in a near-WMSC sweep, followed by Legg in second, Shorter fourth, Sascha Gilbert fifth, Jack Thomas sixth, Chilton seventh and Milan Novak ninth, while Fuller rounded out the top 10.
Shorter and Erin Husken were also awarded “most improved” for both races on Saturday.

The second day of racing kicked off with Stiel continuing her podium streak in the ladies’ slalom, locking down second place.

Lafreniere once again followed her in third, while Meagan Doiron claimed fourth. Dance finished fifth in addition to winning most improved, followed by Husken in seventh, while Tatum Nash snuck into the 10th place.

Stiel made a slight rebound in the afternoon to claim her third win of the weekend, while Lafreniere continued their one-two pattern with her second-place result. Dance finished fifth, Brownlie sixth, Doiron eighth and Jacqueline Smith in ninth.  

The first men’s slalom event ended with Fuller in the top spot, followed by Ross in second, Gilbert in fifth, Chilton in seventh and Novak eighth.

Ross also claimed a bronze medal in the afternoon men’s race. That event’s top 10 included WMSC racers Mats Bosinger in fourth, Fuller in fifth, Chilton seventh and Thomas ninth.

Freestyle skiers shine at Panorama Timber Tour

The Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club’s contingent posted an impressive series of results at the first Timber Tour stop of the season, held at Panorama Mountain Resort Jan. 11 to 14, including a long list of podium performances.

The official competition kicked off with Friday’s slopestyle competition, where Caoimhe Heavey took the win in the ladies’ U14 (F14) event. Cassidy Butterworth finished third in the F16 age division, while Caden Ferguson and Aidan Mulvihill ranked second and third, respectively, in the M14 category. WBFSC’s Ben Lynch finished first amongst the M16 competitors, followed by teammate Hugh Saint Jacques in third. Julien Chartrand also landed on the podium, finishing third in the M18 age division.

The competition continued with a moguls event on Saturday (Jan. 13). WBFSC athlete Lynnette Conn (F14) finished first, while Butterworth found herself on the podium again with her F16 win. Phillip Kang also beat out 26 competitors to finish in first in the M14 category, followed by teammate Oscar Van Dongen in second.

The younger competitors also made their names known at Panorama, beginning with the SuperYouth Moguls on Friday. WBFSC’s Jessie Dawson placed first in the ladies’ U14 (F14) moguls event. Teammate Landon Owen-Mold also found his way on top of the podium, finish first in men’s U12 (M12) moguls.

Both Dawson and Owen-Mold repeated their winning performances in the following days’ SuperYouth Slopestyle on Jan. 13, while Deston Swift claimed the win in that event’s M14 category. The following day’s SuperYouth Big Air competition culminated with a three-peat performance for Dawson, Owen-Mold and Swift, who each claimed gold in their respective categories.

Several other Whistler competitors earned high enough scores to net them top 10 and top five rankings throughout the weekend. Full results can be found at freestylebc.ski/results/.

Whistler Nordics host toonie races at Lost Lake

For six more Thursday evenings this winter, the Whistler Nordics are hosting toonie races at different locations around town, from the Lost Lake cross-country ski trails to Nicklas North to Whistler Olympic Park.

The fun races — lit by skiers’ headlamps — are open to skiers of all ages and abilities and always followed by a social.

“While there are a few racers who like to compete there are many recreational skiers and families who are out for a fun night, to exercise, to get to know the local ski trails, and socialize with other skiers,” wrote Whistler Nordics’ Sadie Brubaker in a statement.

Races cost $2 each, and all participants must be Whistler Nordics members. However, non-members are welcome to “try a toonie” for $5 before committing to a membership.

This week’s race, set to take place at Lost Lake, sponsored by the Whistler Brewing Company and Avalanche Pizza, will take place on Jan. 18. Sign-in takes place at 6 p.m., ahead of the race’s scheduled 6:30 p.m. start.

A full list of races, courses and sponsors can be found at whistlernordics.com/toonie-races/.

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