Sports Briefs: Local athletes in triathlons 

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While Whistler prepares to host Ironman Canada, Whistler athletes were travelling to other destinations to compete in other triathlon events.

Attending the Pushor Mitchell Apple Tri Kelowna last weekend— an Olympic distance race with a 1,500-metre swim, 40km bike leg and 10km run — were Whistler's Michael St. Eve and Wayne Katz. St. Eve finished 24th in the men's 30 to 34 category in 2:43:52, while Katz was 17th in the men's 55 to 59 race in 3:14:09. From Squamish, Marko Roijanen placed seventh overall in the male 35 to 39 group in 2:17:32.

Several athletes also entered the sprint race — 750-metre swim, 20km bike and 5km run. Adam Ward was second in the men's 25 to 29 category in 1:05:29, Flora Ferraro was sixth in women's 50 to 54 in 1:31:23 and Nicole Windsor was 18th in women's 30 to 34 in 1:32:29.

Squamish rugby player returns for World Cup qualifier

Squamish's Jamie Cudmore made an unexpected but welcome return to the Canadian rugby team in time to lock for Canada in two crucial games against the U.S. guaranteeing the team a spot at the World Cup in 2015.

Cudmore, 34, plays professionally for ASM Clermont Auvergne in France. The last time he donned a Canada jersey was for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

A big, physical player — six-foot-six and 260 pounds — Cudmore played a huge role in the first game against the U.S. on Aug. 17, playing the first 55 minutes as Canada went on to win 27-9. The U.S. can still qualify with a win this Saturday in Toronto, but will need to win by over 18 points to secure a berth.

In their long history as rivals, Canada usually has the upper hand and have never lost to the U.S. in a World Cup test match by more than 15 points.

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on TSN2 at 7 p.m. Pacific TIme. More at www.rugbycanada.ca.

Canada has had a pretty good year so far with wins over the U.S., Fiji and Tonga, and a close game against Japan (16-13). The team is currently ranked 14th in the world.

Phat Wednesday series returns

The final event of the eight race Bud Light Phat Wednesday downhill series takes place on Aug. 28, and if previous last races are any indication it's going to be one of the biggest social events of the year.

The format is always a chainless descent on A-Line, but the real attraction is the atmosphere. Several years ago a few riders started to wear costumes and that tradition caught on to the point that almost every rider participates.

This race has a good chance of selling out so get there early. Registration opens at 4:30 p.m. at Garbanzo Bike and Bean, with the first racers coming down at 5 p.m.

Overall series points will be tallied after the event.

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