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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.
WMSC Club Culture / Respect in Sport Reminder
Building on December’s Kick-off Meeting, Whistler Mountain Ski Club is continuing its drive to enhance and develop the positive culture that our athletes need to grow and succeed as “Champions in Life and in Sport”. The foundation of the WMSC Club Culture lies in our Teamship Values, and one of the key tools to reinforce the positive culture is Respect in Sport.
WMSC Teamship Values
The Club’s Teamship Values – Excellence in Behaviour, Effort, Communication and Reputation – are now posted prominently in the lobby of the Club Cabin.
Over the coming weeks the Club will be discussing these Teamship Values in detail with our athletes as well as parents, through direct sessions as well as by email. We recognize that the WMSC Club Culture is a product of parents as well as coaches, and we strongly encourage all parents and athletes to give these discussions the fulsome consideration that they merit.
Excellence in Behaviour – Respect Others, Feedback, Equipment, Time and Effort
Excellence in Effort – Uphold the High Standard and be Engaged, Positive, Focussed and Open
Excellence in Communication – Communicate Positively, Constructively, Honestly and Politely
Excellence in Reputation – Be a Role Model, Positive, Accountable, Supportive and Proud
Respect in Sport Online Parent Module
A key component our effort to foster a positive Club Culture is the Respect in Sport for Parents online course. Respect in Sport has been adopted by many of Canada’s leading athletic youth clubs, at both the local and provincial levels and across numerous disciplines such as hockey, soccer and volleyball. The course reinforces your role as parents in your child‘s activities, encouraging positive behaviours through effective communication and enthusiastic support. The feedback from parents who have completed the course has been overwhelmingly positive. Many parents, however, have not yet completed the course.
Parents are reminded that completion of the course is mandatory for all parents for athletes to continue to participate in club activities. The deadline for parents to complete the Respect in Sport for parents module has been extended to February 8th, 2019. The module is located at https://alpine-canada-parent.respectgroupinc.com/. The cost of the program is $12 and takes approximately one hour to complete. The Club requires that each parent take the course.
Athletes whose parents who have not competed the Respect in Sport for Parents online course by February 8th, 2019 may no longer be eligible to participate in the club’s on-snow activities.
We are sure that all parents share in our desire to provide the best possible environment for our children, and will do their part to take WMSC’s Club Culture to new heights.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of
WHISTLER MOUNTAIN SKI CLUB
John Legg, Chair
Kitzbuehel, AUT (Jan. 25, 2019) – A weather-related change in schedule saw the legendary Kitzbuehel downhill moved to Friday, and Canadian Alpine Ski Team racers Ben Thomsen, Brodie Seger, and Jack Crawford gave the nation plenty to cheer about as they charged down the Streif.
Thomsen (Invermere, B.C./Windermere Ski Club) was the eighth racer out of the start gate, and laid down a lightning run of one minute, 57.88 seconds – 69 hundredths off the podium. Thomsen ended the day in sixth – his best World Cup downhill result since standing on the podium in 2012, and best-ever finish at Kitzbuehel.
“I’m really happy, but it is a little bit of a bittersweet moment. I was shooting for the podium today, (and) it didn’t quite happen,” said Thomsen after letting the day’s results sink in. “It was close, the skiing was there (but) the competition is also there too. It’s really competitive on the men’s circuit right now.”
Thomsen has posted two top-10s in World Cup downhill action this season, and was second in the first training run on the Streif this week.
The 23-year-old Seger (North Vancouver, BC / Whistler Mountain Ski Club) started 44th as part of the third wave, at which point the light snowfall that plagued some of the second-wave racers had ended and winds had calmed. Seger converted the opportunity into a 16th-place finish to earn his first World Cup top-30.
“That course is a wild ride and I’m really happy with the way I fought my way down,” said Seger who was all smiles as he crossed the finish line. “I knew right away I made a mistake in the middle section, but I kept pushing and I couldn’t be more excited about getting my first world cup points on this legendary hill.”
Crawford (Toronto/Georgian Peaks and Whistler Mountain ski clubs), 21, raced to his best-ever World Cup downhill finish with a 32nd-place result, falling just 22 hundredths out of the top-30. He recorded his first World Cup points on home snow earlier this season in the super-G at Lake Louise, where he finished 27th.
Action resumes at the Hahnenkamm Saturday with the slalom, being streamed live in Canada at AlpineCanada.org/kitzbuehel. The first run starts at 1:30 a.m. MT/3:30 a.m. ET, with the second run scheduled for 4:30 a.m. MT/6:30 a.m. ET. Canada’s men’s speed team will get another chance at the Streif on Sunday when they race in the super-G to close out Kitzbuehel weekend.
This is an ideal position for people who are handy with equipment and tools, don’t mind early morning uploads, have a bit of a “MacGyver” talent, and might like to stay out of the weather. This volunteer position is based out of Garbo Hut during all major club races (U14 Teck Race, Parsons, FIS Races and Whistler Cup).
While the Garbo Hut has no running water or bathrooms, it does have some heated rooms, WiFi, music, an old but serviceable barbeque and perhaps the best sun trap on the mountain. There is a surprising amount of bustle up at the hut, with course workers, dye-pack crew and others coming and going all day. And you get to be right in the middle of the action working with parents and coaches. With WiFi it is now possible to watch many races on your smartphone or iPad. Ideally we would have 2 or 3 people share the position so you can also get out on the hill and watch your child race!
Duties include Dye Pack preparation/maintenance, Drill distribution and battery charging, Water drum refilling, Equipment sorting and storage, gate sorting and repair, keeping track of equipment and its whereabouts, responding to equipment requests from Course Chiefs during races, attendance at ROC Meetings when needed, general Garbo Hut tidying and garbage removal.
Our goal is to have a team of Garbo Gods who can spell each other off so that commitments remain flexible and family friendly. We have an experienced crew that can train anyone who wishes to volunteer and become “godly”.
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*New this season is 4 way stretch vest! Same material as the Whistler Cup jackets – perfect for another layer or spring skiing. Available in red or black, and will come with logo’s.
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