Iles earns dominant Crankworx win 

Sports briefs: Gymnasts shine at home meet

click to enlarge PHOTO BY SEAN ST. DENIS COURTESY OF CRANKWORX - RIGHT WAY Remi Thirion is shown during the Les Gets DH at Crankworx in France earlier this month.
  • Photo by Sean St. Denis Courtesy of Crankworx
  • RIGHT WAY Remi Thirion is shown during the Les Gets DH at Crankworx in France earlier this month.

Finn Iles continued a magical 2016 season earlier this month with a statement victory at the new French Crankworx site of Les Gets on June 19.

The 17-year-old downhill star came up big, trouncing fellow podium finishers Joe Parfitt and Kaos Seagrave by 9.6 and 9.79 seconds, respectively and only the top 10 finishers were even within a minute of Iles' time.

In the pro elite categories, France's Remi Thirion knocked off Briton Brendan Fairclough and Australian Jack Moir for the men's win, while fellow French rider Morgane Charre dominated the women's race, holding 25 seconds on Switzerland's Emilie Siegenthaler and Australian Tracey Hannah. Squamish's Miranda Miller was fourth.

Other big winners at Les Gets were Jill Kintner (pump track challenge and dual slalom), Chaney Guennet (men's pump track challenge), Nicholi Rogatkin (best trick), Daryl Brown (dual speed and style), and Bernardo Cruz and Casey Brown (Official European Whip-Off Championships).

After the first two instalments of Crankworx this season, Adrien Loron and Kintner hold the top two positions for the King and Queen of Crankworx titles. The cornerstone and final festival of the season is slated for Aug. 12 to 21 here in Whistler.

Full results are available at

Gymnasts shine at home meet

Whistler Gymnastics didn't wither under the bright lights.

Holding its annual outdoor meet in prime conditions here in Whistler, the gymnasts performed admirably.

In the junior Olympic 6+ category, Anna Prohaska and Tessa Juniper placed second and third, respectively. Prohaska was on the podium in all events, including winning the beam, while Juniper earned a second-place on the bars as her best result. Kaiya Nixon, meanwhile, was fifth all-around, taking a fourth on the bars.

Two gymnasts made the podium in the junior Olympic 6 event, with Nicole Bolleman and Tea Cousineau notching second and third. Bolleman tied for first on the beam, while Cousineau was second. Andrea Vazquez-Vela was fifth overall including second on the floor, while Katelyn Garcia tied for eighth (including third on the floor). Annie Sproule, Mardi Williamson and Gabbi Collins were 10th, 11th and 12th, respectively.

As for the junior Olympic 7 division, Addie Crawford and Katie Faerge tied for fourth with one other competitor. Crawford won the beam event while Faerge took second on the bars. Ayva Spierings, meanwhile, was eighth overall including tying for second on the vault. Mali Forest took third in both bars and beam and Gracie Crawford participated in two of the four events, taking ninth on the bars.

In the junior Olympic 4+ category, Sophie Firth and Sakura Lord notched fourth and fifth, respectively, with Firth taking second on the floor and vault.

Sofia Wright, meanwhile, was fifth in the junior Olympic 4 event, including a second on the beam. Charlie Craig, meanwhile, took eighth.

Lastly, in the junior Olympic 3 category, Rebecca Beaton tied for fifth, Ella Rouleau tied for sixth, Molly Barton notched seventh, Luvina Franklin tied for eighth, Shauna Murphy took ninth, Elly Mitchell scored 12th, Neve Maynard 13th and Kayleigh Sarkany 14th.

In all, roughly 320 athletes from around the province participated.

Longboard festival this weekend

Celebrate Canada at the Whistler Sliding Centre this weekend at the Whistler Longboard Festival.

The festival, which includes a World Cup downhill, runs July 1 to 3.

Spectator admission is by donation to the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program.



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