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Hello Athletes and Parents,

It’s Race Week! Please have a read at the details below outlining logistics for this week:

Grouse SL Series – Jan. 14, 15 (Thursday, Friday)
Breaking the pattern that we West Coast teams seems to get stuck in, we are shortening the distance for our next “away” races and road tripping 1.5 hours to the beautiful city of Vancouver. A Very Important note: sign-up for this race is live on LeagueOne and+ you must register+ in order to race. The first Team Captain’s meeting is tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 8pm and all entries for our team will be finalized then. Currently our entire team is entered, but prior to the meeting anyone not registered on LeagueOne will be pulled. This is not to put undue pressure on you all; as soon as the startlist is printed the race fees for the event are basically non-refundable. If you will be there and want to race, please sign-up!

I have touched base with a few of you over the past weekend regarding billeting/staying in Vancouver during the races. Anyone from Whistler/Squamish needing a ride to and from the Club Cabin, please send me a message so we can organize the appropriate number of vehicles. There will be a TeamPages event on our Division Calendar with Departure and estimated Return times for Thursday and Friday. The planned upload time for the Grouse Tram is 7:00am.

Whistler SG/GS Series – Jan. 16-19 (Saturday-Monday)
We train here a lot, it’s the namesake of our Club, it’s OUR HOUSE. Racing at home in front of family, friends, and fans doesn’t happen very often, and is an experience to enjoy. I know as a staff we look forward to these races all year. Everything about this place is comfortable and familiar, and after the last two days even SG counts as a homecourt advantage. A Very Important note: sign-up for this race is live on LeagueOne and you must register in order to race. The first Team Captain’s meeting is Friday night at 7pm and all entries for our team will be finalized then. Currently our entire team is entered, but prior to the meeting anyone not registered on LeagueOne will be pulled. This is not to put undue pressure on you all; as soon as the startlist is printed the race fees for the event are basically non-refundable. If you will be there and want to race, please sign-up!

We will continue with after-ski fitness sessions, video, and team meetings throughout the races, all taking place here at the Club Cabin. The days will be long so make sure you have all the gear you need for a solid block of 10+ hour days. The planned upload time for the Whistler Village Gondola is 7:30am.

Teamship Values
This week’s U18/U21 Teamship Value is:
Excellence in Behaviour – Know your targets, know how to hit them, execute. In other words, think like a champion, act like a champion, become a champion.

At the end of the day these races are just races, but they are still special. They take place on runs we know, and in an environment we’ve created. Everyone who comes here expects us to throw down because it’s our turf; I think that expectation is fair, and one we should embrace. Pressure makes diamonds, confident when it matters.

Any questions please send me a message. See you at the races!

Conrad Pridy
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club
+1 (604) 935-0985
conrad@wmsc.info

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Calgary, Alta. (Feb. 8, 2019) – Alpine Canada has selected 11 athletes – five women, six men – to represent Canada at the 2019 FIS Alpine World Junior Championships in Val di Fassa, Italy, Feb. 18-27.

The selections were made based on outlined criteria which include their World Junior Rankings and performance in NorAm Cup racing.

“The World Junior Championships provide an excellent opportunity for these up-and-coming athletes to gain valuable international racing experience, as well as see how they match up against their peers from the other top ski racing nations around the world,” said Brien Perry, Director of Domestic Sport for Alpine Canada.

The full list of racers who will compete for Canada is:

Ali Nullmeyer (Georgian Peaks Ski Club)
Amelia Smart (Panorama Ski Club)
Asher Jordan (Whistler Mountain Ski Club)
Beatrix Lever (Club de courses Mont Cascades)
Declan McCormack (Osler Bluff Ski Club)
Jamie Casselman (Team Panorama – Kimberley Alpine Team)
Justine Clement (Club de ski Stoneham)
Kyle Alexander (Vancouver/Whistler Mountain Ski Club)
Marina Vilanova (Montreal/Club de ski Mont-Tremblant)
Raphael Lessard (Club de ski de Bromont)
Selected but unable to attend:
Liam Wallace (Sunshine Alpine Racers)

View the full article here

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Hello U18/U21 Team,

It’s weekly update time! This week in WMSC Ski Racing is a quiet one, which is fitting because it truly is the calm before the storm. So take a seat, get comfy, here we go:

Kimberley Speed Recap
9 days of setting new personal speed records and “letting em’ run”. Kimberley had experienced something of a snow-drought leading up to this year’s speed week, making for a terrain filled track and an excellent surface to push on. Through the camp and training runs the athletes became more and more comfortable on the big boards, many of them remarking on how surprisingly easy they are to turn for how long and stiff they appear. The trend kept rolling and every run saw more clean turns and more tucking, and while it’s safe to say we don’t have any die-hard speed skiers in the group yet we do have a better understanding of how gravity works and what a straight line really is.

The change-of-pace Night Slalom came at the perfect time mid-series, when making 16 turns a run was just beginning to feel a little old. The magic of DH let its effects be seen and felt, and everyone made some of their best short turns of the season. We like to say everything is training for Downhill, but in reality it’s more like Downhill is training for everything else. All-in-all it was an excellent trip, both as a refresher in a long season and as motivation to keep learning for next year.

Net Set for BC Cup FIS Race – Sunday February 10th – 9:30 a.m.
Public Service Announcement: Calling all WMSC parents! Please come out this Sunday (February 10) and help with net set for the upcoming BC Cup Whistler FIS Race. All hands on deck for this important safety net set up. It doesn’t matter if you have athletes racing in this event – we need your help! Please meet at Garbo Hut at 9:30 a.m. No experience setting nets? No worries – there will be lots of people to help guide you! The more volunteers the quicker the job gets done! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Grouse & Whistler FIS Races
Next week we head into our Home Race Series in Grouse and in Whistler. Grouse racing takes place on Thursday (14) and Friday (15) next week, if anyone would like to stay in the city for those races I suggest you find a place to billet. We will be sending a vehicle (or two) down and back from the Club each day so there will be rides available. We will not be booking any team accommodation in the city for the races. Long and short of it is: you have options. Let your coaches know what your plans are so they can plan accordingly.

There is no official trip sheet for these races as they are technically not a trip, however there will be a ticket on LeagueOne for payment of race fees and travel to and from the city. The ticket will be live tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. Currently every athlete on our roster has been entered in all races, but this will be adjusted once payments have been made for specific race entries.

Weekday Home Training Opportunities
We have the unique opportunity this week to train a little SG on the Training Center Monday and Tuesday this coming week. I realize school is in full effect during these specific days but it is a great chance to get out and familiarize yourselves with the run from a speed perspective. If you can make it work please respond to the TeamPages events so we know who and how many to expect.

Teamship Values
This week’s U18/U21 Teamship Value is:
Excellence in Effort – Always putting forth your best effort. Finishing runs, keeping intensity up, staying on top of homework, maintaining quality in fitness and training, getting enough sleep, nutrition and hydration, it is always the best you’ve got.

There are many uncontrollable variables in this sport but what you DO is not one of them. Simply put, you get out what you put in. A few more days and we’re racing! Hope is not a strategy, doing work is.

Conrad Pridy
U18/U21 Lead Coach
Whistler Mountain Ski Club
www.wmsc.info
+1 (604) 935-0985

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Calling all WMSC parents! Please come out this Sunday (February 10) and help with net set for the upcoming BC Cup Whistler FIS Race. All hands on deck for this important safety net set up. It doesn’t matter if you have athletes racing in this event – we need your help! Please meet at Garbo Hut at 9:30 a.m. No experience setting nets? No worries – there will be lots of people to help guide you! The more volunteers the quicker the job gets done! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Calling all WMSC Volunteers – Come and Support FIS Racers from around the province!
Whistler Mountain Ski Club is hosting FIS racers from around the province and beyond (including National Team and BC Team racers) from February 16 – 19th. Two days of Super G races and two days of GS races. We are still looking for volunteers each day, on-hill and off-hill. If you can spend a day or four volunteering at a great race series, please email volunteers@wmsc.info

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Park City, Utah (Feb. 2, 2019) – Marielle Thompson (Whistler, B.C./Whistler Mountain Ski Club) is the new ladies’ ski cross World Champion, adding this latest gold medal to her collection of Olympic and World Cup hardware.

The 2014 Olympic Champion patiently made her way from third to second in the big final, before overcoming Switzerland’s Fanny Smith, who has dominated the World Cup podium this season with four wins in six races, with a late pass in the sprint to the finish line.

“This feels awesome. I’ve been second at the World Championships before, and I knew that I was skiing really well here in Solitude. I had to ski my best every single heat and I had to make a few passes as well so I’m overjoyed, and so excited to be World Champion,” said Thompson after the medal ceremony. “It was a really high calibre of skiing today – everyone was skiing their best for sure. (To see three Canadians on the podium) really shows the strength of our team. We all push each other to be better, and it shows today. I’m really glad to be a part of this team.”

Brady Leman (Calgary/Calgary Alpine Racing Club) and Toronto’s Kevin Drury both stepped onto the men’s Worlds’ podium, finishing second and third respectively.

“I would have loved to be one step higher, but I’m really, really happy with how I skied today and how I competed, so I’m super, super proud with second,” said Leman, who described the start of the course at Solitude as “pretty tricky” and the course overall as very fast, which he attributed as the reason for the very tight heats. “This was the biggest event of the year for us, followed closely by Blue (Mountain World Cup, on home snow), and I accomplished my goals at both of those events and I feel really great about that.”

This is the first World Championship medal for both Leman and Drury; Leman won gold at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, where Drury finished just off the podium in fourth.

“It’s a little bit of redemption for (me). I was skiing really well last year, winning every heat at the Olympics, and just came up that little bit short, so it feels really good to get my first podium of the season here,” said Drury. “I brought momentum in through Blue Mountain after skiing really well there, and I just laid it all out on the line. (To see three podium performances at World Champs) is fantastic; this season, the guys have struggled a little bit in the beginning, but I think we all know that we are the best in the world and today we definitely showed that. There was no easy heat (out there today).”

Kelsey Serwa (Kelowna, B.C./Big White Ski Club) and Brittany Phelan (Mont-Tremblant, Que./Mont-Tremblant Ski Club) went head-to-head in a battle of the “Dirt Squirrels” – their social media moniker – as the friends and teammates broke away in the small final to race to a photo finish for fifth and sixth respectively.

“She makes me a better skier because I’ve got to be on my A-game if I’m gonna keep up,” said Serwa of facing Phelan in the small final. “It’s cool to see so many Canadians in the top-eight.”

“It’s an unreal day for the team,” added Phelan of the Canadians’ collective efforts. “We’re ready for the rest of the season.”

Mikayla Martin (Squamish, B.C./Whistler Mountain Ski Club) crashed off the first jump in the semifinal, landing hard. She is being evaluated by medical staff and Alpine Canada will issue an update when details are available. Martin records an eighth-place finish in her first-ever World Championships, having raced her way into the semifinal heat on Saturday.

Rounding out Canada’s Worlds’ team were Reece Howden (Cultus Lake, BC / Club Apex Ski Club) and Chris Del Bosco (Montreal and Vail, Col./Ski and Snowboard Club Vail) who were knocked out in the eights. Both were edged in their respective heats, with Del Bosco’s race coming down to a photo finish where the Canadian ended up just inches shy of moving on to the quarter-finals.