Lafreniere excels in slalom 

Canadian Profitt tops field on Day 1

click to enlarge PHOTO BY DAN FALLOON - Whistler Cup participants take in the opening ceremonies on April 13.
  • Photo by Dan Falloon
  • Whistler Cup participants take in the opening ceremonies on April 13.

Whistler Mountain Ski Club's Kaila Lafreniere showed what she could do on her home mountain at the Mackenzie Investments Whistler Cup on Friday.

Lafreniere finished behind only American Jessica Blackburn in the two-run U14 slalom, 3.62 seconds back of top spot, while also edging New Zealand's Mikayla Smith. Teammate Sara Stiel was fourth. Ontarians Maxine Van Strien and Abbygail Byers were fifth and seventh, while Grouse Mountain's Mila Plavsic took ninth.

In the U16 men's giant slalom, Canada had just one athlete hit the top 10, with Mackenzie Wood taking ninth. American Ryder Sarchett edged Switzerland's Luc Roduit and Chile's Nicolas Pirozzi for gold.

In the U14 parallel slalom event, Pedro Holscher edged Finnigan Donley in the men's big final while Ben Weingust took the small final over Ewan Carter.

In the women's U16 slalom on Friday, Canada's Sarah Brown took third behind the Swiss duo of winner Sarah Zoller and runner-up Delia Durrer. Brown was just one-hundredth of a second behind the silver-medal position. Arianne Forget of Canada took fourth while Makenna Lebsack was 10th.

U16 action started Thursday with Canada's John Daniel Profitt capturing the win in the men's super-G with Sarchett and Slovakia's Vaclav Klein tying for second.

"We had great weather and I was not expecting to win today," Profitt, a four-year Whistler Cup veteran, said in a release. "I have worked really hard this year and that has paid off."

On the women's side, Switzerland's Durrer topped the field, besting Canada's Forget and France's Caitlin McFarlane. Other Canadians in the top 10 were Jade Bonneville in fourth and Britt Richardson in 10th.

For complete results, visit www.whistlercup.com.

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