oaches duel for Kokanee gold 

KVRS series kicks off with giant slalom

The Kokanee Valley Race Series kicked off last Thursday (Dec. 18) with a giant slalom on Ross's Gold.

The calibre of competition was kicked up a notch with the participation of Whistler Mountain Ski Club coaches Sead Causevic and Rob Boyd, and former World Cup star Chris Kent.

In the men's pro division, Causevic won the first run with a time of 42.59 seconds and Boyd was second in 43.30. Boyd, who is more of a downhiller than a technical skier, turned it up for the second race and posted a time of 45.45, 0.22 seconds faster than Causevic. It wasn't fast enough to pull ahead, however, and Causevic took the win by almost half a second over two runs.

"It was a pretty exciting race," said Boyd. "Sead beat me in the first run, then I got him in the second run, but it wasn't enough."

Although the attendance was down - a symptom of powder days - some of the categories were extremely competitive.

The draw prize of a pair of Atomic skis went to Stuart Neilson.

The next race in the series takes place on Jan. 15, and is another giant slalom. Day of registration and bib pickup will be at the Rendezvous Lodge. You can pre-register in advance at any ski school sales or Guest Relations location prior to the race.

Results:

Women 60-Plus

1. Grace Oaks, 1.48.61

Women 50 to 59

1. Randall Carpenter, 1:47.35

Women 40 to 49

1. Kary Firstbrook, 1:41.88

Women 19 to 29

1. Charlotte Sadler, 2:02.92

2. Siobhan Allen, 2:03.63

3. Kimberly Arnot, 2:14.52

Men Snowboarders

1. Ben McHugh, 2:12.24

Men 70-Plus

1. Werner Himmelsback, 1:54.95

2. Gar Robinson, 1:59.46

3. Doug Deeks, 2:02.14

Men 60 to 69

1. Knut Olberg, 1:31.53

2. Alfred Zeilberger, 1:40.41

3. Bill Davis, 1:53.58

Men 50 to 59

1. Paul Psutka, 1:40.42

2. Jules Lajoie, 1:43.82

3. Randall Jang, 1:45.15

Men 40 to 49

1. Scot Elder, 1:35.88

2. Tom Jackson, 1:36.37

3. Chris Wetaski, 1:36.81

Men 30 to 39

1. John Evenson, 1:34.07

2. Garret Gentle, 1:43.31

3. Peter Heywood, 1:57.41

Men 19 to 29

1. Darcy Trevelyan, 1:37.69

2. Ian Findlay, 1:40.63

3. Andy Parnis, 1:43.50

Men Pro

1. Sead Causevic, 1:28.26

2. Rob Boyd, 1:28.75

3. Chris Kent, 1:29.40

Women Pro

1. Sherry Boyd, 1:47.02

Telemarkers

1. Yoshiaki Okamoto, 2:16.16

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