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Austrian sweeps Whistler Cup races



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Canadians Kelly McBroom of Alberta, Connie Farmer of Ontario and Brianne Ormerod of Quebec just missed the top 20, finishing 21 st through 23 rd respectively.

The K1 men’s race went to Andrew Phillips of the U.S. Eian Sandvik and Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway were second and third. Trevor Rose of Windermere was the top Canadian in ninth place. Phillipe Laverdure of Quebec was 10 th and Graham Wilson of Ontario 11 th . Also in the top 20 were Kelby Halbert and Jesse Shepherd of Ontario in 16 th and 17 th , Anthony Galardo of Quebec in 18 th , Morgan Pridy of Whistler in 19 th , and Christian conner and Brandon Mudryk in 20 th and 21 st .

Kyle Coxon, Daniel Penn and North Jones of the WMSC were 23 rd through 25 th , and teammate Scott Harrison was 20 th . Nat Cohen and Jesse Kliman of Mt. Washington tied for 30 th .

There were four more races on the final day of competition, including the K2 GS and the K1 slalom.

Although it’s not her best event, the women’s K2 GS and a third gold medal went to Triendl of Austria in a time of 48.97. "Three gold medals, it’s wonderful," she said. "I was most happy with my slalom win because it’s not by best discipline."

Julia McClean of New Zealand chalked up a surprise silver medal for the Kiwi’s with a time of 49.35. "We didn’t do very well last year, so it was pretty important to get a medal," she said. "Our goal was top 10."

In third was Matea Ferk of Croatia in 49.62 seconds.

Whistler’s Kendall Benbow just missed the podium finishing in fourth with a time of 29.93.

"I can definitely tell I’ve improved over the years, that I’m getting a little better every year," said Benbow. "This is the race for us. I was lucky that I peaked at the right time and gave it all I had."

While it’s nice to race at home, Benbow chalks her results up to hard work rather than home field advantage. "We don’t get to train much on the actual racehills, so we’re pretty even with the skiers coming here from other countries. It’s really anyone’s race."