WMSC brings the Tyee Cup back to Whistler
U12’s had their first big race of the season this weekend (February 23/24) with the Tyee Cup held on Grouse Mountain.
It was a full two days of racing consisting of four separate events: GS, kinder kombi, stubbie slalom and slalom. The powder was falling all day Saturday creating some challenging conditions for the GS but the U12’s battled the elements and their bib numbers for some impressive racing. On Sunday the skies opened up for a glorious day of racing stubbie slalom and slalom with sunshine and smiles to finish the event.
The field was large with 174 athletes comprised of 79 girls and 94 boys from all over the zone including Grouse, Cypress, Seymour, Hemlock and Mt Washington, and WMSC was well represented with 18 girls and 16 boys competing.
Coaches Mat, Alexi, Kasper, Kayla, Zack, Roman and Joel kept the kids organized and focused for their races. Coach Matt commended the kids on their preparedness and how it showed: “their hard word paid off and the kids skied their best; some who didn’t get top 10 but skied better than they ever have.” The U12’s put in a team effort with great sportsmanship all round and “good support with kids bringing down each other jackets and cheering everyone on.”
In Saturday morning ladies GS Marlowe Cook took the gold with teammates Lara Markthaler 2nd, Nicole Webb 5th, Hannah Neeves 7th, Thea Torn 8th and Sophie Neeves in 10th. On the men’s side it was Thomas Legg with gold, Maxim Akbulatov silver, Dreas Gibbons 4th and George Sarkis 5th.
In the afternoon it was the kinder kombi, with Lara Markthaler winning gold, followed by Thea Torn 3rd, Hannah Jensen 4th, Nicole Webb 5th, Brooke Bessie 8th and Thea Lutz 10th. For the boys it was Thomas Legg with gold, Seth Robert 3rd, Dreas Gibbons 6th, Kingsley Parkhill 7th, George Sarkis 8th, Owen Staniforth 9th and Graydyn Swanson 10th.
On Sunday in the stubbie slalom, for the girls it was Lara Markthaler in 1st, Thea Torn in 3rd, Hannah Jensen 5th, Thea Lutz 7th and Brooke Bessie 8th. For the boys Kingsley Parkhill was 2nd, Dreas Gibbons 3rd, Graydyn Swanson 4th, Marek Novak 8th and Kekai Chalmers 9th.
The final event was the slalom on Sunday afternoon. Once again it was Lara Markthaler with the gold followed by Marlowe Cook with silver and Nicole Webb with bronze, Thea Torn 4th, Thea Lutz 7th and Hannah Jensen 8th. For the mens’ slalom Thomas Legg won gold and Dreas Gibbons silver, Kingsley Parkhill 4th, Seth Robert 5th, Graydyn Swanson 6th and Ryan Perron 9th.
The Tyee Cup winners were determined by the best of three of four race results and WMSC brought the Cup back to Whistler with Lara Markthaler and Thomas Legg the male and female overall champions.
Way to go U12 racers!!
Thanks to Mike Nelson for all the photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikenelson/albums/72157707143251444