WHISTLER, B.C. – Swiss ski racer Selina Egloff showed a bright future for the powerhouse ski nation when she completed a golden sweep a the Mackenzie Investments Whistler Cup alpine skiing competition. And the Canadian skiers did not disappoint in this 25th instalment of the Whistler Cup, capping off the four days of racing with a win in the Team Event.
The 16-year-old Egloff took the women’s slalom on the weekend, ahead of Canadian Cassidy Gray of Panorama, B.C., just under a second behind Egloff.
Cassidy missed the podium by a mere 0.01 seconds on Thursday in the super G. “Getting on the podium was my objective this week,” she said. “I’m so excited I made it especially with the depth of field here and some of the top international skiers in my age group.”
Sarah Bennett of was fourth in 1:34.63, Tara Hoshizaki of Edmonton fifth in 1:34.85, Alice Marchessault of Ste-Anne-des-Lacs, Que., ninth in 1:35.54 and Maja Woolley of Squamish, B.C. 10th in 1:35.58.
In the men’s U16 slalom, Patrick von Siebenthal of Switzerland was the victor in 1:30.47, Andreas Amdahl of Norway second in 1:32.46 and Henry Heaydon of Australia third in 1:33.01.
“I was very confident going into the second run,” said von Siebenthal. “Slalom is my best event.”
Nathan Romanin of Squamish was fifth in 1:33.84, Thomas Bilodeau of Coreau-du-Lac, Que., sixth in 1:34.66, Kieran Harley of Whistler seventh in 1:34.72, James Small of Alberta ninth in 1:34.80 and Logan Dunn of Alberta10th in 1:34.98.
The event started out with a bang for the Canadian skiers, with Raphael Lessard of Bromont, Que., and WMSC’s Nathan Romanin of Squamish, B.C., claiming silver and bronze in the men’s U16 super-G race on Thursday to open 25th edition of the Whistler Cup.
The duo finished just behind super-G winner Fredrik Willumsen Haug, of Norway.
“The course was really soft, especially in the middle, so I really had to ski the bumps in the course,” said Haug, 15. “It didn’t feel like a good run but it was fast and I’m really happy.”
Lessard was competing for the first time at the Mackenzie Investments Whistler Cup. “It feels good to get a strong result,” Lessard, 15, said after the race. “It was a good run considering it was hard to see. The conditions were challenging but I pulled it through. It was particularly foggy on the last pitch and could not see the ground.”
Local racer, Romanin reached the podium despite being the 44th starter. The start of the men’s race was also delayed two hours due to conditions. “I gave it my all and I am pleased,” he said. “I was tired because the many delays.”
The second day of competition featured the giant slalom for U16, with Tora Hoshizaki, of Edmonton, putting aside her nerves to win the bronze, behind Egloff and silver medallist Aline Hoepli, of Switzerland, taking the silver.
“After a while I got more comfortable and my racing followed through throughout the day,” said Hoshizaki, who skis for Nakiska Alpine Ski Association. “This is a great event to introduce athletes from all over the world and find out where you stand internationally.”
While in the men’s U16 GS, Callum Cant made it a golden sweep for the Swiss, while Chilean Diego Holscher Diego was second, followed by a tie for third between Canada’s Raphael Lessard of Granby, Quebec, and Andreas Amdahl of Norway.
In the final day of racing, the U16 Team Canada squad dominated in the Team Event capturing gold in the inaugural dual slalom race. Canada beat out Norway in the final, finishing in second-place. Switzerland and Australia tied for third-place.
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– Courtesy BC Alpine and staff reports. PHOTOS: Copyright CoastPhoto.com