Switzerland defends 26th Whistler Cup 

Ontario 1 triumphant in the overall U14 event

click to enlarge PHOTO BY DAN FALLOON - Switzerland celebrates its U16 Whistler Cup win on Sunday.
  • Photo by Dan Falloon
  • Switzerland celebrates its U16 Whistler Cup win on Sunday.

Switzerland scored its second consecutive Mackenzie Investments Whistler Cup in 2018.

The squad, despite not being quite as dominant as in its 2017 victory when it took five of nine women's medals, still impressed in U16 action this year.

Swiss head coach Serge Allemand said though his team had just one returning racer this year, the skiers held up well in Whistler Cup action.

"It was wonderful. It's nice to share these emotions with the girls and the boys on the team," he said. "It's really nice to be here in Whistler and that the results were good enough to defend it."

Team USA was second while Canada 1 took third.

In the U14 Festival Cup chase, Ontario 1 took the win, knocking off BC 1 and Japan.

In terms of individual awards, Whistler Mountain Ski Club's Sara Stiel won the U14 Nancy Greene Award while Canada 1's Sarah Brown won the U16 award. As for the Dave Murray Award, Quebec's Philippe Bergeron won the U14 trophy while John Daniel Profitt won the U16 award.

Organizers also debuted a new honour Sunday, bestowing the U16 Spirit Award on Argentina.

Full results are online at www.whistlercup.com.

For more, pick up Thursday's edition of Pique.

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