Egloff takes third consecutive win 

Gray hits podium while WMSC's Lafreniere earns silver

click to enlarge PHOTO BY DAN FALLOON - Canadian Cassidy Gray hit the top 10 for a third straight day with a second-place showing at the Mackenzie Investments Whistler Cup on Saturday.
  • Photo by Dan Falloon
  • Canadian Cassidy Gray hit the top 10 for a third straight day with a second-place showing at the Mackenzie Investments Whistler Cup on Saturday.

Selina Egloff continued her dominance at the Mackenzie Investments Whistler Cup on Saturday.

The Swiss skier wrapped up a U16 sweep with a slalom victory on Saturday, edging out Canadian Cassidy Gray by 0.90 seconds. Fellow Swiss racer Aline Hoepli took third.

For Canadian Gray, the result was her third top-10 placing in as many days, but her first podium of the weekend.

"I was just really excited. The conditions were pretty brutal all around. My first run, I had a lot of mistakes, but my second run, I just went out of the gate. Skiing in ruts is kind of my thing," she said. "I went out of the gate looking to have a good time and it worked out pretty well for me.

"My second run was better because I was finally getting used to it."

A number of other Canadians made the top 10, with Sarah Bennett and Tora Hoshizaki placing fourth and fifth respectively, while Alice Marchessault and Whistler Mountain Ski Club's (WMSC) Maja Woolley were ninth and 10th, respectively.

On the men's side, Patrick von Siebenthal of Switzerland scored the U16 slalom win, besting Norway's Andreas Amdahl by 1.99 seconds. Australia's Henry Heaydon placed third. BC 1's Nathan Romanin of the WMSC placed fifth, Canada 2's Thomas Bilodeau ended up sixth, and Kieran Harley, of both BC 1 and the WMSC, was seventh. James Small and Logan Dunn, both of Alberta 1, were ninth and 10th.

As for the U14s, Japan's Shuto Ichimura and Australia's James Huon were close, with just 0.14 seconds separating them between gold and silver in the men's giant slalom. Serbia's Aleksa Tomovic rounded out the podium in third. Canadians made up the rest of the top 10, however, with Maximus Keller, Christopher Burnes, Heming Sola, Kyle Blanford, Owen Clark, Aleksas Valadka and Ryan Turnbull earning those slots in order.

Lastly, the U14 women tackled the dual slalom, with Australia's Penelope Hughes taking the win over WMSC's Kaila Lafreniere in the big final. Hungary's Noa Szollos edged out BC 1's Noa Rogers in the small final. A pair of WMSC teammates, Jaden Dawson and Sarah Stiel, meanwhile, made the quarterfinals and placed in the top eight.

Full results are online at whistlercup.com.

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