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A year spent building towards Sochi

A look back at 2013's memorable moments in Whistler and Pemberton sports

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The Nimby Fifty returned to Pemberton on May 25 and Squamish's Neal Kindree scored another victory, his second in three years at the mountain bike race. Victoria's Mical Dyck was the fastest female in the event.

James McSkimming won the 2013 edition of the Crud 2 Mud Downhill, skiing the snow leg and riding the bike park portion in a combined time of 12:03 for a comfortable margin over defending champ Robin Courcelles. McSkimming also had the top individual time in 2011.

Abbotsford's David Jackson was the winner of the third annual North Face Whistler Half Marathon, which took place in the resort on June 1. Victoria's Catrin Jones secured the women's win. Ben Biswell finished 20th overall for the top Whistler finish. The event also featured a 10K race for the first time, won by Tara Gorman and Geoff Reid.

As Kindree won his second Test of Metal in a row on June 15, Team Whistler rider Trevor Hopkins had the best result by a rider from the resort by finishing 20th overall. Jesse Melamed had a top-25 overall finish as well, and Mahon Lamont was the junior runner-up. Petra Tlamkova was sixth in the elite women's class.

Pemberton's Laoyam Eagles won the Junior A title at the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival for a 15th consecutive year on June 23.

Whistler's Brandon Semenuk finished with a silver-medal performance in the X Games debut of mountain bike slopestyle in Germany at the end of June. A couple of weeks later, he would taste victory at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes in France.

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