EXPORT A EXTREME SKIERCROSS AT SUNSHINE!
Banff, Alberta Sunshine Village held true to its name today, as Canadas best skiers competed in the 1st Annual Export A Extreme Skiercross under blue skies and warm sun. Athletes navigated a course laden with jumps, whoops, banked turns, rollers and more, while battling for a $15,000 cash purse.
Thirty-two men and eight women advanced from this mornings Time Trials to compete in this afternoons Skiercross. Rob Bosinger, National Mens Downhill Team member, took home first place and $3,200. Roman Torn and Scott Wearmouth placed second and third respectively. Kim McKnight captured first and $2,000 for the women, followed by Wendy Lumby in second place and Banff local Candice Drouin in third.
Rob Bosinger fared well on the fast, technical course. "The course was great and flowed well", said Bosinger. He knew he was in the lead when he passed his fellow racers just after the first hip jump, where he caught some good air-time. "Navigating this course required high-concentration, but it was definitely a fun race."
"It was an incredible course, and very intimidating at first", said McKnight, a four-year member of Team Canada and former Great Britain Olympic Team member. "The race was super tight coming out of the first set of doubles and heading into the first table-top feature ", said McKnight of her final heat. "I could feel other racers skis on the backs of my own, but I came out of it ahead of the others."
Modeled after the snowboard discipline of BoardercrossÒ, Skiercross features heats of four skiers racing head-to-head at high speeds down the course at the same time. The first skier across the finish line wins the heat. Skiercross is part of the new generation of competitive skiing, attracting skiers from different disciplines and backgrounds.
Sixty-seven men and eleven women participated in this mornings Time Trials, where each competitor raced individually against the clock. Roman Torn, a member of the National Mens Downhill Team, qualified first with a time of 56.88, followed by fellow team-mate Rob Bosinger with a time of 57.42. Kim McKnight lead the women in Time Trials with a time of 62.41, followed by Wendy Lumby with a time of 62.73.
Skiercross Final Results - Men's ProEvent Director: Erik Kalacis Course Designer: Jeff Ihaksi Technical Supervisor: Doug Savage Slope Name: Standish/Strawberry Chief of Course: Nick Slope Drop: 155 m Start Referee: Colin Bloor Slope Length: 2720 ft Slope Inclination: Position BibNo Last Name First Name Nat Sponsor 1 3 BOSINGER Rob CAN SUGOI 2 2 TORN Roman CAN ATOMIC 3 20 WEARMOUTH Scott CAN ELAN/SPY 4 4 MOORE Daniel AUS 5 7 READ Jim CAN ROSSIGNOL 6 15 DOLAN Luc CAN 7 11 SHEPPARD Andrew CAN SMITH 8 5 SMART Peter CAN COLUMBIA 9 9 PEDERSEN Ken CAN ROSSIGNOL 10 13 RYDER Tyrel CAN FROZEN OCEAN 11 23 STASTOOK Brad CAN SALOMON 12 26 BOURGETEL Dave CAN SALOMON 13 16 BAILEY Cam CAN 14 19 COMEAU J.F. CAN HEAD 15 25 GILMET Dave CAN 16 6 LESNIEWICZ Demitri CAN 17 10 SEGUIN Jesse CAN 18 12 KARLOS Yannis CAN BABYLONX 19 14 LEITCH Bob CAN 20 17 HANSEN Greg CAN ROSE & CROWN 21 18 WARD Doug CAN NORDICA 22 22 PUSKAS Colin CAN DYNASTAR 23 24 ISRAELSON Russell CAN BUMPERS 24 32 ERISMANN Rodney CAN 25 28 RILEY Warren CAN FAST 26 30 BUCK Paul CAN BEAVERTAILS 27 31 MENZIES Tavis CAN 28 33 BROSSEAU Stephane CAN BLOC 29 34 WAITE Mike CAN 30 21 PAUW Jimmy CAN ABOM 31 29 LEWIS Josh CAN SOUTHSIDE 32 27 THERRIEN J.S. CAN ULTIMATE
Skiercross Final Results - Women's ProEvent Director: Erik Kalacis Course Designer: Jeff Ihaksi Technical Supervisor: Doug Savage Slope Name: Standish/Strawberry Chief of Course: Nick Slope Drop: 155m Start Referee: Colin Bloor Slope Length: 2720 ft Slope Inclination: Position BibNo Last Name First Name Nat Sponsor 1 1 MCKNIGHT Kim CAN 2 2 LUMBY Wendy CAN STOCKLIE 3 3 DROUIN Candice CAN SALOMON 4 4 DOLAN Cara CAN ROSSIGNOL 5 6 PARSONS Heather CAN 6 7 LOCKE Kim CAN LAKE LOUISE 7 8 GAMBLIN Alannah CAN HEAD/TYROLIA 8 5 BRADISH Marlene CAN HEAD