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Whistler junior and youth athlete results roundup

Vanessa Young
Whistler’s Vanessa Young shown here at Silver Star Mountain Resort earlier this season.

The Whistler Mountain Ski Club squad had another strong showing at the U16 Teck Okanagan Zone Race earlier in March with six podium finishes and an additional five top-five finishes.

Thomas Legg led the way with two first-place finishes and a second. Both of his firsts came in the super-G event while his second came in the slalom event.

Lola Gilbert also walked away with three podium finishes, including a first and third in super-G and a second in giant slalom.

JJ Gibbons landed on the podium with a second on day one of the super-G races.

And skiing with incredible consistency throughout the five-day event was Vanessa Young, who walked away with five top-five finishes, two fourth-place finishes in each of super-G and giant slalom and a fifth-place finish in the first slalom event.

While all eyes were on Sea to Sky lugers Natalie Corless, Trinity Ellis and Reid Watts, who were competing at the Olympic Games in February, another pair of Whistler lugers were quietly putting up dominant seasons on the junior circuit.

In January, Whistlerites Caitlin Nash and Embyr-Lee Susko slid to seventh- and 12th-place finishes, respectively, at the Junior Luge World Championships in Winterberg, Germany. Also in Winterberg was the Junior America Pacific Championships, where Nash and Susko both landed on the podium with first- and third-place finishes, respectively.

Following that up, Susko, Nash and fellow Whistlerite Midori Holland swept the podium at the Junior National Canadian Luge Championships, held at the Whistler Sliding Centre in March.

Two days later, also at the Whistler Sliding Centre, Susko came first in the Youth A division of the Youth National Luge Championships for the third year in a row.

In the world of biathlon, the Sea to Sky Nordics had a strong showing in both the youth and senior categories at the Canadian National Biathlon Championships in Prince George from March 13 to 16.

Leading the way for the youth athletes was Jasper Fleming and Sofie Hill, each taking home multiple top-five finishes.

Fleming went three for three on the podium with a second-place finish in the 10-km pursuit race and two thirds in the 7.5-km sprint and 12.5-km individual.

Meanwhile, Hill landed on the podium with a second-place finish in the 6-km sprint event and followed that up with a fourth-place finish in the 10-km individual.

On the senior side of things, Sophie Firth snagged a silver medal in the 6-km sprint event while Graham Benson managed two fourths and a second in the 6-km sprint, 7.5-km individual and 7.5-km pursuit, respectively.