Norway takes Whistler Cup 

Ontario wins U14 overall title

click to enlarge PHOTO BY DAN FALLOON - Norwegian skier Kaspar Kindem holds the U16 Nations' Cup high after his country took home its second consecutive title.
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  • Norwegian skier Kaspar Kindem holds the U16 Nations' Cup high after his country took home its second consecutive title.

With all six U16 gold medals, it shouldn't be a surprise Norway walked away with the Whistler Cup for the second year in a row.

Women's skier Marte Monsen completed the sweep with the slalom win on Sunday. After winning the first two races of the weekend, men's skier Wilhelm Normannseth was unable to follow suit in the giant slalom, but slipped just one spot to second as countryman Kaspar Kindam scored the win.

Norwegian head coach Ola Masdal was thrilled to earn the repeat as champions.

"It's always exciting to get on the top of the podium. We had a great year this year," Masdal said after the results were announced in Skier's Plaza. "We had some DNFs, but those who finished were basically on the top or on the podiums. That was great.

"It's my fourth year here at Whistler Cup and I think it's the first year we've done a sweep in the U16. It's exciting."

Masdal said Monsen has been skiing at a high level for much of the season and was able to carry it over to Canada for Whistler Cup.

"She came from our nationals doing the same. She feels comfortable about winning. You've got to be comfortable about winning. You're not nervous. It's just another race," Masdal said. "It's a normal thing and then it's easier."

Team Ontario took home the U14 Nations' Cup, ending Japan's two-year run of dominance.

In Sunday's races, Monsen took her third win of the weekend blasting past Canadian Eloise Carle by 3.02 seconds and Norwegian teammate Bianca Bakke-Westhoff by 4.33 seconds. In the U14 race, Quebec 1's Jade Bonneville led an all-Canuck podium, edging Ontario 1's Elizabeth Sullivan by 1.20 seconds and Ontario 2's Emma Charton by 1.23 seconds.

As for the men, Kindam ended Normannseth's dominance by taking the win by 0.88 seconds. New Zealand's Ben Richards placed third, 1.40 seconds off the pace. Whistler Mountain Ski Club's Nathan Romanin hit the top 10 with a 10th-place performance. As for the U14s, Japan's Ohra Kimishima took the one-run with by 0.77 seconds over Chile's Nicolas Pirozzi and by 1.47 seconds over BC 1's Isaac Athans.

British Columbian skier Jamie Casselman, who was on the Canada 1 team won the U16 Dave Murray Award while Ontario 1's Griffen Hanson took the U14 honour. As for the Nancy Greene Awards, Canada 1's Eloise Carle won the U16 recognition after hitting the podium in all three races. Quebec 1's Jade Bonneville emerged as the U14 winner.

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