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Whistler youth shine at multiple competitions

Hannah Jensen, WMSC, U16 Teck Coast Zone GS Race January 15
Hannah Jensen in the middle of her run at the U16 Teck Coast Zone Race.

Some of Whistler’s best young athletes put their skills to the test over the past week across B.C. and Alberta.

Last weekend Whistler hosted the U16 Teck Coast Zone Race—the first in 18 months due to the pandemic.

More than 80 athletes from ski clubs across the coastal region competed in the two-day event, which included both slalom and giant slalom races.

On the women’s side, the Whistler Mountain Ski Club owned the podium across the two days with Vanessa Young, Marlo Parkhill and Viveka Deck Stang finishing one, two and three in giant slalom on Jan. 15 and Nicole Webb and Hannah Jensen grabbing the top two spots in slalom on Jan. 16.

While the men didn’t have quite the same success, Thomas Legg was able to snag second-place in slalom with Archie Clarke following right behind in third.

Meanwhile, at the Snowboard Cross Nor-Am Cup at Sunshine Village in Banff, Alta. On Jan. 12 and 13, Pemberton native Oscar Denessen rode to a sixth-place finish in his first ever FIS race. Fellow Whistler Valley Snowboard Club alum Kai Hooper also had a solid finish coming in two spots behind Denessen for eighth.

On the women’s side, Kennedy Justinen managed to grab the two best results of the Whistler riders with a fourth-place finish on Jan. 12 and a second-place finish the following day.