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Cameron MacDonald (U14), Nick Katrusiak (U16), Jack MacDonald (U18/FIS) and Jack Morrow (U18/FIS) attended the series opener for the Western Ski Cross Series and a FIS Ski Cross event held at Sunridge Ski Area in Edmonton, AB on January 12 & 13. The weather couldn’t have been better, sunny and clear with a great track set down for exciting ski-cross action. On the first day, Canada’s ski-cross development team were in attendance for 2 FIS races, making stiff competition and no podium shot for the two Jacks who have just graduated to FIS racing this year. They both faired better the next day in the Western Ski Cross U18 race where Jack MacDonald won silver and Jack Morrow brought home the bronze.
Nick Katrusiak captured gold in both the U16 races, “It was worth the trip to Edmonton for the race. It was really well organized and a lot of fun! Everyone was there to race and win, but the kids were all really nice.”
Cameron MacDonald faced a huge field of keen U14 athletes and was unable to make it to the podium this time round. Many thanks to Dad – Jack Morrow who organized the kids and coached them through the weekend.
Jack Morrow and Jack MacDonald are now headed east to compete in a number of races FIS and U18 races starting with a Ski Cross Nor Am at Calabogie Peaks in Ontario. Good Luck boys!
This WMSC hosted race was the first chance for the Coast Zone U14 athletes to square off against each other in an official manner, bringing our local athletes together with the Grouse/Tyee, Cypress, Seymour, Hemlock Valley Ski Racing Clubs, and from across the Salish Sea, the Mount Washington Ski Club.
The racers were faced with some challenging conditions on an equally challenging slope. The warm and soft conditions that racers faced on their Friday training session, turned hard and in places inconsistent with some ice balls on top of a hard, frozen base. However, that firm base held up so well that on both days the same courses that were set in the mornings were used for their 2nd runs in the afternoons.
In Saturdays Giant Slalom race, on the ladies’ side Cypress Ski Club’s Gaia Fameli took home gold with a winning time of 2:14.25. WMSC’s Sarah-Elizabeth Whelan was second with Grouse Mountains Cordelia Hultman coming in 3rd.
For the men, the local boys swept the podium with Jack Thomas taking the win in 2:05.35 while teammates Milan Novak and Alec Waldrum rounded out the podium positions. A local favorite Felix Shorter had a healthy lead after the first run but unfortunately had a ski pop off in one of the ruts in the second run just a few gates from the finish, knocking him out of Saturday’s race.
Sunday dawned clear and cold again with a better surface for the Slalom event. As always, slalom can make for some exciting action as the racers negotiate the quick, tight turns while knocking the gates out of their way. WMSC’s Erin Husken worked the magic of her small stature to take a commanding lead first run, which she easily held onto for a winning time of 1:43.18. Second place went to Cypress’s Sofia Blouin and Jacquie Smith of the WMSC took home Bronze.
In the men’s race Felix Shorter got his redemption (from the DNF in the GS) to take home a gold medal, winning the race in 1:40.75. Grouse Mountains Pearce Manning Avini, a 1st year U14 took silver and Jack Thomas (WMSC) took home bronze, his second medal of the weekend.
Most improved awards went to Viveka Deck Stang for both the ladies GS and SL events, while JJ Gibbons was the most improved in men’s GS and Pearce Manning Avini moved up the most in the men’s’ Slalom.
As always, a huge thank you goes out to Whistler Blackcomb for fantastic grooming and snow conditions, to the many parents and volunteers who helped to make the race weekend the success it was, to the clubs many sponsors and supporters that make amateur sport possible and our title sponsor for junior racing in Canada, Teck!
Please join us on Saturday January 26th from 4 – 6 pm at the club cabin for a Net Set Appreciation Social and Whistler Cup Information Session. Whistler Cup is an event not to be missed and we need every family participating. It takes over 300 volunteers both on hill and off hill to make Whistler Cup a success! Come out and learn about Whistler Cup and how you can be involved!
Calgary, Alta. (Jan. 9, 2019) – Paralympic medallist and 2018 IPC Crystal Globe super-G champion Mollie Jepsen (West Vancouver, B.C./Whistler Mountain Ski Club) will be adjusting her training and racing schedule this year following her diagnosis of Crohn’s disease during the off-season.
Jepsen, 19, took home four Paralympic medals in 2018, including a gold medal in the super combined. She attended a training camp in Chile over the summer, and found herself in hospital where she was diagnosed with Crohn’s – one of the most serious inflammatory bowel diseases – just days after returning home from camp.
“It’s been a huge learning curve,” said Jepsen of the disease whose symptoms and side-effects include difficulty in absorbing nutrients, nutritional deficiencies, and extreme fatigue and pain – less than ideal for a high-performance athlete. “I’m still learning every day. It’s really hard to manage on the road – I’ve had to change my diet completely. But the help and support of my family, our team doctor, and my coaches and teammates has really helped me get through this.”
Jepsen is hoping for a return to competition this season as she stabilizes her condition through medication and lifestyle changes. While this is different from earlier injuries suffered in her career since joining the national team in 2017, Jepsen is viewing this latest setback as “just another hurdle to work through.”
“I feel confident in my ability to return to racing,” she said.
The race season is about to begin! Calling all volunteers to help with the first net set of the season! Please meet at Garbo Hut at 9:30 a.m. on Friday January 11th to help with the net set up for the U14 Coast Zone Teck Race. With lots of hands, this initial net set up shouldn’t take more than 3 hours. First time parents – this is a great opportunity to learn what needs to be done for race days. There is something for everyone to do. Don’t worry if you can’t carry nets – there are plenty of other things to help with. Meet at Garbo Hut and you will be paired with someone to show you the ropes!
For those of you with athletes training on the 11th, this isa perfect opportunity to help make the course safe for the race weekend!