Whistler skiers rule Hershey Cup races 

There wasn’t any chocolate in the gold medals presented to Whistler skiers at the Nabob/Hershey Cup Western Canadian Spring Series at Red Mountain last weekend, but it was still sweet for a number of up and coming Whistler racers.

In the first men’s giant slalom on March 29, Whistler’s Scott Hume took the gold medal by 0.06 seconds over national development team skier Cameron Barnes. In third by less than half a second was Whistler’s Michael Janyk, one of the top junior racers at the recent Canadian Championships in Whistler.

Also from the Whistler Mountain Ski Club were Manuel Osborne-Paradis in eighth, Marcus Waring in 20 th , Chris Bellamy in 23 rd , Blake Jamieson in 37 th and Jerry McArthur in 44th.

In the women’s race, Whistler’s Britt Janyk finished a close second behind Reina Umehara of Japan. Christina Risler, another Whistler skier, finished third.

Other Whistler skiers included Jennifer Bertram in eighth, Rachel Walker in 10th, and Anatastasia Skryabina in 11 th out of a field of 48 racers.

In the second GS on the following day, Michael Janyk finished on top, 0.04 seconds ahead of Banff skiers Paul Stutz and Luke Patterson.

Also from Whistler, Scott Hume was fifth, Brian Bennett sixth, Robbie Dixon eighth, Manuel Osborne-Paradis 10th, Marcus Waring 17 th , Chris McCullogh 21 st . Chris Bellamy 23 rd , and Chris Colpitts 40 th .

For the women, Britt Janyk took the gold, Reina Umehara was second, and Christana Risler third.

For Whistler, Jennifer Bertram was seventh, Charlotte Whitney 16 th , Anastasia Skryabina 18 th , and Kayla Benbow 27 th .

Michael Janyk was the top Whistler skier in the first slalom, finishing fifth overall. John Kucera of Calgary, Scott Anderson of Rossland, and Cameron Barnes of Canmore, Alberta took the top three spots.

For Whistler, Manuel Osborne-Paradis was 13 th , Chris Bellamy was 16 th , Marcus Waring was 20th, and Chris McCullogh was 23 rd .

Britt Janyk took the silver medal between a pair of Japanese racers, with Juri Takishita winning gold and Reina Umehara laying claim to silver.

For Whistler, Elizabeth Richardson finished 10th, Jennifer Bertram 11 th and Kayla Benbow 20 th .

In the slalom on the following day Scott Hume was fourth, Michael Janyk fifth, Manuel Osborne-Paradis sixth, Chris Bellamy 11 th , and Robbie Dixon 17 th . The top three racers were Scott Anderson, Brad Spence and Paul Stutz.

Britt Janyk won the women’s contest, completing her medal sweep for the weekend. Reina Umehara was second, and Sherry Lawrence of Calgary was third.


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