For the first 15 years of the Whistler Cup international juvenile ski races, Canada had never won the Nations' Cup title for best team. Now, at the close of the 19th edition of the race, Canada has won four out of the last five Nations' Cup titles.
The U.S. K2 team (age 13 and 14) finished first overall, but a strong showing in the K1 category (age 11 and 12) put Canada ahead in the standings with 306 total points. Team USA was second with 212 points, followed by Japan.
This year Canadians were a factor in almost every race, with 450 athletes and 25 nations represented. Local racers with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club also had a solid weekend.
The bib draw favoured national team skiers first, then members of provincial team, then club-level skiers. With over 100 skiers in the field for some categories, start position was extremely important.
K2 Super G
On the first day of racing, the K2's took part in a super G and the K1's raced a Kombi.
For the K2 women, Dani Brownell-Patty of the U.S. placed first, followed by Collingwood, Ontario's Roni Remme. Austria's Marie-Therese Sporer was third.
The top Whistler racer was Kelly Steeves, racing for the Canada 2 squad. She placed sixth overall, just 0.21 seconds back of the podium.
Rachel Vander Veen, racing for the Canada 3 team, was 21st. Racing for the B.C. team, Mikayla Martin was 34th, Stefanie Fleckenstein 35th, Maridson Brainard 39th and Sabrina Wong 46th. Club skier Elizabeth Kepl was 49th, Caitlin Millham 55th, Chantal Deane 60th, Siobhan Finan 64th, Esme McTavish 66th, Cassidy Deane 70th, Tess Thompson 72nd, Amelia Smith 79th, Claire Baragar 80th, Shelby Slay 81st, Annika Voss 83rd, Madeline Turner 85th and Megan Steeves 88th.
In the men's super G, Dean Travers of the Cayman Islands was first, followed by American skiers Ryan Mooney and James Lebel. Gregory Kofman of Ontario was the top Canadian skier in sixth.
From Whistler, the top racer was Marc Leroux in 16th, racing for the Canada 2 team. Max Peiffer was the top B.C. team skier in 18th. Other WMSC skiers include Riley Seger in 28th, Jeffrey Cadman in 48th, Dalton Pehota in 50th, Alex Gershon in 61st, Jonathan Hutchison in 64th, Cooper Yates in 74th, Carson Llewellyn in 75th, Lloyd Lyall in 81st, Charlie Tuer in 85th, Antoine Carignan-Turcotte in 86th, John Craig in 87th, Hugo Ng in 88th, Alexander Wilkinson in 90th, Sean Rundle in 91st and Kevin Shaw in 92nd.
In the K1 Kombi, Whistler's Laura Swaffield took the win, followed by Amelia Smart. Australia's Kathryn Parker was third.
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