Brown takes second medal of Whistler Cup 

Lafreniere tops U14 parallel slalom for second medal

click to enlarge PHOTO BY DAN FALLOON - Whistler's Kaila Lafreniere (centre) and Sara Stiel (right) celebrate their Whistler Cup parallel slalom medals with Ontario's Maxine Van Strien (left) at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on Saturday.
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  • Whistler's Kaila Lafreniere (centre) and Sara Stiel (right) celebrate their Whistler Cup parallel slalom medals with Ontario's Maxine Van Strien (left) at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on Saturday.

Sarah Brown won Canada's second gold medal of the Mackenzie Investments Whistler Cup on Saturday.

The Ottawa racer topped the U16 slalom competition, besting Switzerland's Sarah Zoller by 0.74 seconds and Israel's Noa Szollos by 2.55 seconds. It was Brown's second medal in as many days as she was third in Friday's giant slalom.

Other top 10 results from Canadians on Saturday came from: Canada 1's Arianne Forget in fourth and Alberta 1's Britt Richardson and Jacqueline Gray back to back in sixth and seventh, respectively.

"I took a lot of confidence from yesterday," Brown said in a release. "The conditions today were spring-like so I really charged through it. It wasn't pretty. I felt a bit of pressure for the second run being first but I was already happy to have put down one solid run."

Meanwhile, in Saturday's U14 women'a event, Whistler Mountain Ski Club's Kaila Lafreniere won her second medal of the weekend, topping teammate Sara Stiel in the parallel slalom's big final. The small final was an all-Ontario battle with Maxine Van Strien edging Lily Sewell.

As for the men, Whistler's Tait Jordan, representing Canada 1, was the top Canuck in the men'a slalom as he took a fifth-place finish. The podium was topped by two Swiss racers, with Luc Roduit taking the win and Nicolas Macheret placing second. Chile's Nicolas Pirozzi was third.

Other Canadians in the top 10 were Jacob Goneau in sixth, Mackenzie Wood in ninth and Thursday'a super-G champion John Daniel Profitt in 10th.

Lastly, in the U14 giant slalom, Quebec's Philippe Bergeron hit the podium in third behind only Japan's Haruya Funato, the champion, and Chile's Lucas Aramburo, the runner-up. Ontario's Ben Weingust also slipped into the top 10 in 10th.

Full results are available at www.whistlercup.com.

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