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Race Report by Laura and Hubert Lai
114 athletes took part in last weekend’s Teck Open races, which were hosted at Kimberley on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10. The Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) was well represented, with 8 women and 14 men in the field.
Race conditions were firm and the weather was extremely cold throughout the weekend. The low temperatures challenged all the racers, coaches, and volunteers. Many people had frostbite and were using tape on their face to block the wind.
Originally, the organizers had hoped to run slalom races under the lights but the extreme weather conditions made this difficult so, in the end, the
Kimberley event consisted of a total of 2 Super G races for each of the men and the women.
Women’s Super G Race 1 (Saturday):
On Saturday, WMSC athletes comprised 8 of the 50 women who successfully completed the Super G race. It was a stupendous showing for the WMSC women, with four of them finishing in the top 10: Emeline Bennett won the race, with Jaden Dawson and Sara Stiel completing a sweep of the podium. Fiona McInnes came in 5th.
Women’s Super G Race 2 (Sunday):
Sunday was another truly outstanding showing for the WMSC women, with four of them finishing in the top 10: Once again, Emeline Bennett won the race, with Jaden Dawson and Sara Stiel completing a sweep of the podium. Fiona McInnes improved one position for her Saturday result, finishing just off the podium in 4th. What incredible results for these talented and hard-working athletes!
As with all the athletes, double-race-winner Emeline Bennett certainly noticed the cold: “It was hard to feel like your muscles were completely ready because of either not warming up for long enough because it’s cold or staying inside too long be cause it’s cold!”
When asked about the secret to her success, Emeline was graciously modest: “During the week I go to the gym up to four times and then usually only train Saturday and Sunday but I try to get some extra Thursdays and Fridays in, whenever I can. I chug a lot of water before warm up. I don’t usually have two pairs of skis so I like to do some runs on the ones I will race on and I do a lot of visualization and usually take the maximum time for inspection. I have no clue in Super G. It’s my tuck for sure and, other than that, I don’t know!”
Men’s Super G Race 1 (Saturday):
On Saturday, WMSC athletes comprised 14 of the 53 men who successfully completed the Super G race. While the victory went to Grouse athlete, Taylor Nellis, WMSC men crushed the field, with 7 of them finishing in the top 10: Graham Seltzer and Sam Fuller took 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Just off the podium was Matthias Shorter in 4th. Rounding out the WMSC men who achieved top 10 finishes were Adam Usher in 5th, David Wood in 6th, Hayden Harley, in 7th, and Nick Katrusiak in 10th.
Men’s Super G Race 2 (Sunday):
On Sunday, WMSC men were dominant, securing five out of the top 10 places. This time, a WMSC man took the victory, with Graham Seltzer securing the top spot. Grouse athlete, Taylor Nellis, who had won the Super G on Saturday, swapped places with Graham, coming in 2nd on Sunday. Apex athlete, Heming Sola, rounded out the podium in 3rd. WMSC men took the next 4 places, with John Nicolls in 4th, Hayden Harley in 5th, Adam Usher in 6th, and Matthias Shorter in 7th.
Race winner, Graham Seltzer, observed, “This weekend, the line was extremely important. Many people who ski well but do not have the correct line will not be fast. In inspection, you need to find the right line and commit to it unless a coach tells you otherwise on a course report.” He added, “I had two good inspections with good advice from coaches and concentrated on executing my plan.”
He was very pleased with his results, especially because he does not live in Whistler and isn’t able to train regularly on Thursdays and Fridays.
Speaking of the Grouse competitor with whom he swapped positions, Graham was very complimentary, saying, “In the speed event I think Taylor Nellis is the largest competition for everyone particularly on a straight course like both of these ones. This is because he is a pretty big guy and mostly goes straight.”
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Join Whistler Blackcomb in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Rob Boyd’s World Cup downhill win on Canadian soil. Mountain Tours on the original course with Rob and a celebration at Dusty’s to follow. See schedule for times below. There is no fee to participate.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Tour with Rob. Meet at the top of Dave Murray Downhill
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Tour with Rob. Meet at the top of Dave Murray Downhill
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Celebration at Dusty’s Bar & BBQ
We were particularly fortunate this trip to stay in a house. I cannot speak to how the boys’ accommodations faired but I heard that they were just as plush as our 4 story home. There were five of us staying in the house, asides from the coaches in the basement suite, and fittingly there were five bedrooms. Since Gemma made the long drive instead of flying she got to the house first and got dibs on the nicest room which was secluded from the rest of the house on its own floor. It was also fitted with its own living area, bathroom, and two walk in closets.
In the middle of the series, two of our athletes, Gigi and Shunho, managed to bend their downhill skis into something resembling hockey sticks. This was the result of two pretty nasty looking crashes but fortunately nobody was hurt (except the skis) and they were able to continue racing. Our Maja Woolley pulled up for one night only and went back home after scoring some good placing in the night slalom, unfortunately she left before awards. In an awkward position of trying to take the award to pass it to Maja and being mistaken for Maja herself, Julia Ross did her best to impersonate her as convincingly as possible to avoid further issues. I am honestly astonished that the hosts believed her enough to give the medal without questioning if she was Maja, despite that the entire audience was in fits of laughter.
There was a lot of good helping happening in the dream team, jacket carrying and support aplenty. It seemed like everyone got along and there was no shortage of congratulations and radio reports for all. This was clearly seen when we had to load and unload the truck at the beginning and end of every day together. One of us usually volunteered to climb into the back of the truck and, in an awkward kneeling position, remove the skis, bags, poles and burrito bags from the back. We had 14 athletes, and had to bring from two to three pairs of skis each, the day of the night slalom we had to bring all five. With some simple math you can figure out that this adds up pretty fast. Teamwork was essential to get all of this gear out if any of us wanted to be on time. The situation got a little easier when the boys started to leave their stuff in the tuning room in the conference center.
This trip was a great experience for me, my first time ever racing downhill is going to be a memory that I keep with me for many years to come. Kimberly was absolutely beautiful this trip and everyone seemed really caring, I can’t wait to come back next year for some more speed and air time. Thank you Kimberly, and thank you coaches for giving me the experience.
By Freya Jumonville – First Year U18 Athlete WMSC
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
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 email@example.com