After three days of intense competition, challenging course conditions and standout performances, Switzerland claimed the 2018 Whistler Cup. The Canadian team earned four podium finishes and finished the 26th annual Whistler Cup third overall, behind Switzerland and USA. Below is a recap of the three days of competition.
John Daniel Profitt, of Calgary, opened the Whistler Cup with an impressive win in the men’s super-G, edging out Ryder Sarchett of the U.S. and Vaclav Klein of Slovakia.
In the women’s super-G, Arianne Forget of Prévost, Que., finished in the silver medal position, behind Delia Durrer of Switzerland and just ahead of Caitlin McFarlane of France. Two other Canadians finished in the top 10: Jade Bonneville of Prévost in fourth and Britt Richardson of Calgary 10th.
Sarah Brown, of the Mont Tremblant Ski Club in Quebec, topped Canadian results Friday with the bronze medal in the women’s giant slalom, with Swiss racers Sarah Zoller and Delia Durrer finishing first and second respectively, edging Brown by a narrow margin.
In the men’s giant slalom, Ryder Sarchett of the U.S. took the gold in 2:11.69 with Luc Roduit of Switzerland second in 2:12.03 and Nicolas Pirozzi of Chile third in 2:13.83. Mackenzie Wood of Collingwood, Ont., was the top Canadian in ninth.
Fuelled on confidence Sarah Brown (Ottawa/Mont Tremblant) won the gold medal Saturday in the women’s slalom, winning both runs and finishing with a combined time of one minute and 20.25 seconds. Sarah Zoller of Switzerland was second in 1:20.99 and Noa Szollos of Israel third at 1:22.70. Other Canadians in the top-10 were Arianne Forget of Prévost, Que., in fourth, Britt Richardson of Calgary sixth and Jacquelyn Gray of Panorama, B.C., seventh.
In the men’s slalom, Luc Roduit of Switzerland was the victor in 1:21.68 with compatriot Nicolas Macheret second in 1:22.03 and Nicolas Pirozzi of Chile third in 1:23.63.
In the final day of racing at the Mackenzie Investments Whistler Cup competition, the U16 Team USA squad dominated and capturing gold in the dual slalom race. USA beat out Switzerland and France.
Whistler Cup U16 Overall winners:
1st place – Switzerland
2nd place – USA
3rd place – Canada
The U14 Festival was held alongside the U16 races. Below are the top-three nations overall for that competition.
Whistler Cup U14 Overall winners:
1st place – Ontario
2nd place – BC
3rd place – Japan
Nancy Greene Award (top performance by a Canadian female):
U14: Sara Stiel WMSC
U16: Sarah Brown Canada (1st place in SL)
– With files from BC Alpine. Photos by Coast Mountain Photography