MONT-TREMBLANT, Que. — Under drizzling spring rain Monday, a effective course crew at Mont Tremblant delivered a great race at the 2017 Sports Experts National Championships, with Toronto’s Phil Brown as the top Canadian in third position, after a costly mistake on the second run.
With a sizable 0.45 seconds lead after the first run, Brown bobbled on the first pitch, losing time but finishing as the leading Canadian 0.85 seconds behind AJ Ginnis and Michael Ankeny, both of the U.S.
Brown’s teammate Sam Mulligan, from North Vancouver, finished an impressive fifth place and the top junior. Jeffrey Read and Huston Philp finished in seventh and eighth-place respectively.
Grenier delivers goods in front of hometown crowd
Valerie Grenier won the Canadian women’s giant slalom title on Sunday on her hometown hill.
The native of Mont-Tremblant, Que., led after the first run and put down a solid second run to win with a combined time of two minutes 16 seconds. The 20-year-old had a well-rounded World Cup season with top 30 finishes in slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill, helping to secure her the award for Canada’s female alpine athlete of the year.
“I’m super happy about this win here at my home hill,” Grenier said. “I really wanted to win here today in front of my family and friends and make everyone proud, and I’m really happy I could do that.”
Toronto’s Candace Crawford finished second, .51 seconds behind Grenier. Ali Nullmeyer, also from Toronto, was third at 2:17.86.
Philp edges Dustin Cook to defend GS title
Trevor Philp claimed the men’s Canadian national giant slalom title for the second consecutive year with his performance on Saturday in Mont-Tremblant, Que.
After finishing the first run 0.25 seconds back from Dustin Cook’s leading time, Philp had some ground to make up in the second run.
The course conditions held up and Philp made a move in the second run to defend his giant slalom Canadian title with a time of two minutes, 07.19 seconds.
Cook slipped back one spot after setting the pace in the first run to finish in 2:07.36. Joining Philp and Cook on the podium was Toronto’s Phil Brown who held third place after the first and second run.
– The Canadian Press & reports from Alpine Canada.
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