Whistler's Victoria Whitney got off to a solid start with the national development team earning her third Nor-Am Cup podium at Lake Louise last week.
Georgia Simmerling was the top Canadian in the first downhill race placing second, between Laurenne Ross and Julia Ford of the U.S. Madison McLeish of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club placed 20 th and Jocelyn Ramsden 33 rd . Whitney was a DNF in that race after skiing off course.
National team racer Jan Hudec was the top Canadian in the men's competition in 12 th place against a strong international field. Whistler's Conrad Pridy was 22nd for the B.C. Ski Team while Morgan Pridy was 42nd out of close to 120 racers. Other Whistler racers in the mix included Benjamin Maclean in 66 th , Spencer Morris in 72 nd , Ford Swette in 85 th and Daniel Kwong in 95 th .
Americans swept the podium in the men's downhill, with Steve Nyman first, Will Brandenberg second and Travis Ganong third.
On the second day of downhill racing the Nyman and Brandenberg again took first and second, with teammate Christopher Beckmann third.
Benjamin Thomsen was the top Canadian, in ninth place.
Pridy moved up to 20 th , Morgan Pridy was 48 th , Benjamin MacLean 60 th , Spencer Morris 67 th , William Konantz 76 th , Ford Swette 83 rd and Michael Cadman 86 th .
Whitney led the Canadians in the second women's downhill with a bronze medal behind Laurenne Ross and Julia Ford of the U.S. Georgia Simmerling just missed a second podium, finishing fourth, and Miadison McLeish held onto 20 th . Alecia Willis was 26 th and Jocelyn Ramsden 39 th .
Whitney spent the previous few weeks training with the national team at Lake Louise.
"It was a really good experience and opportunity for me, for sure," she said. "There is no doubt that it makes me expect and want more at the Nor-Am level. I want to be on the podium and I want to be winning.
"But I also know that when I start trying too hard, if I feel like I need to win, things can go badly. I need to relax and not focus on the result. If I focus on the little details and just go for it, things usually work out."
The final event was a super G. Georgia Simmerling was on the podium once again in second place, between Laurenne Ross and Katie Hartman of the U.S. Whitney placed 11 th in that race, while Jocelyn Ramsden placed 38 th .
On the men's side it was an all-American podium once again, this time Will Brandenburg followed by Will Gregorak and Keith Moffat. Conrad Pridy was 41 st , Morgan Pridy 46 th , Benjamin MacLean 69 th , Spencer Morris 74 th , Daniel Kwong 84 th , Michael Cadman 88 th and Ford Swette 96 th .
From Lake Louise the Nor-Am Cup tour moved south to Panorama for a mix of technical and speed events.
In the men's giant slalom Benjamin MacLean was 30 th , Conrad Pridy 35 th and Morgan Pridy 40 th . Georgia Simmerling was the top B.C. racer in the slalom, 34 th , with the WMSC's Elyse Timoshenko 39 th and Victoria Whitney 40 th .
The event continued through the week. Results to follow.
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