Sports Briefs: Nordic fest continues with XC nationals 

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Nicoll first at halfpipe nationals

Whistler's Mercedes Nicoll finished on top of the Sport Chek Snow Crown event in Calgary this past weekend, earning the national title in snowboard halfpipe. She was joined on the podium by two other riders based in Sea to Sky, with Katie Tsuyuki in second and Alex Duckworth in third.

The men's competition came down to Whistler riders Derek Livingston, Brad Martin and Crispin Lipscomb, with Livingston landing a backside 900 to take the top prize. Martin placed second while Lipscomb — previously retired from the sport — stepped in to place third.

Livingstone was amazed to beat Martin, Canada's top World Cup competitor this season, at a second straight nationals.

"Twice in a row, it's pretty awesome and I'm really stoked right now," he said.

The slopestyle nationals were also held and Darcy Sharpe, who trains with the Whistler Valley Snowboard Club, took the overall win with a score of 96.0. He was followed by Tyler Nicholson and Rhett Haubrich.

On the women's side, Kristy Macdonald took the win, followed by Laurie Blouin and Japanese rider Fumika Hoshino.

Canada's top slopestyle athletes, including world tour stars Mark McMorris and Spencer O'Brien, did not compete.

Sea to Sky riders on FrostBIKE podium

With the explosion of mountain biking in the province it seems like spring can't come soon enough for most riders. Enter the FrostBIKE DH at Silver Star, an on-snow downhill race that drew out 103 riders to challenge themselves on a very soft, winding course.

In Junior Sport Men, Squamish's Jackson Lee kept his rubber side down long enough to win the category, while Whistler's Alexander Geddes placed fifth.

Whistler skiers on Ski cross podium

Whistler ski cross up-and-comers Tyler Murray and Sarah Lepine are wrapping up the NorAm Cup season on a high note with Murray winning the first race of his career and placing second on the second day of competition at Panorama Mountain Resort.

Sarah Lepine earned silver and bronze medals to round out her season.

The NorAm Cup finals are at Mount Hood this weekend with another double-header.

As well, both athletes earned spots to represent Canada at the World Juniors in Italy in two weeks time.

Whistler's Marielle Thompson, only 20 years old, will also be at that event.

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