Whistler skiers well represented at Whistler Cup 

More than 300 young racers from almost 30 countries will be in town from April 6 to 8 to compete in the ninth annual Whistler Cup, an international FIS juvenile series of races that has been an important starting point in the careers of numerous World Cup athletes.

Croatia’s Janica Kostelic, the 2001 World Cup slalom champion, Sweden’s Anja Paerson, Austria’s Benjamin Raich and Canada’s Allison Forsyth are among the long list of athletes who competed in the Whistler Cup on their way to assuming starring roles on their national teams.

K1 (ages 11 and 12) and K2 (ages 13 and 14) athletes will compete in slalom and giant slalom events over the weekend. For the first time in the history of the event, organizers were forced to cancel the super-G due to a lack of snow cover on the race course. It will be replaced with an additional giant slalom.

With provincial and national teams present, Canadians will account for up to 150 of the athletes represented in the races.

Although the bulk of the medals went to the strong European skiers last year, Canadians managed to win three medals. K2 racers Nathan Crompton and Graham Kraft of Vernon, B.C., won a silver and bronze for Team Canada, and K1 racer Francis Fortin-Houle of Quebec won gold in the slalom. While Crompton and Kraft have moved on, Fortin-Houle will return this year to defend his title.

The B.C. Alpine Ski Association has already selected both K1 and K2 provincial athletes to compete in the Whistler Cup, including 32 skiers from Whistler:

K1 Men

Matthew Holler (Team Canada)

K1 Women

Jennifer Mah

Katherine Cape

Alison Matasi

Haley McLeish

Julia Murray

Jillian McArthur

Alexandria Browne-Munz

Shannon Smith

Meriel Gibson

Christina Disler

Lisa Young

Carolyn Caldwell

Naomi Harrington

Kristen Dekur

Sarah Marshall

Katrina Dekur

Anna Ho

Sarah Berkes

K2 Men

Darren Chaddock

Michael Messeguer

Jerry McArthur

Shaun Stroshin

K2 Women

Britt Gibbons

Kendall Benbow

Danielle Robson

Taryn Ng

Tyla Flexman

Keely Coxon

Meredith McLean

Vanessa Disler


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