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This race was many of our first time not only wearing Downhill skis but racing on them too. Those who had gone to Kimberly in previous years knew to expect a gentle, welcoming mountain and course, it did not disappoint that assumption this year. During the week and a half of speed, the team was faced with some interesting conditions. Periods of fog, sun, cold, warmth, humidity, dryness, and of course, snow (a given since we were at a SPEED RACE) passed through Kimberly during our stay.

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

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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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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.

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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