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Brydon completes nationals medal sweep

Biggs, Kucera among rookie skiers crowned at Pontiac GMC Canadian Championships



The Pontiac GMC Canadian Championships took place this week at Le Massif and Mont Ste. Anne in Quebec, with members of the national team, development team and provincial teams battling it out for titles.

While national team skiers were favoured in every discipline, several young skiers also made their mark this year to show the depth of the alpine skiing program.

The downhill at Le Massif was the first event on the calendar. On the women’s side, Fernie’s Emily Brydon took the title with a comfortable margin of more than a second. Kelly Vanderbeek of Ontario was second, followed by Quebec’s Genevieve Simard. Whistler’s Britt Janyk was seventh out of 44 competitors.

From the Whistler Mountain Ski Club, Charlotte Whitney was 32 nd , Alison Leighton 36 th , Danielle Robson 38 th and Anastasia Skryabina 40 th .

On the men’s side, World Cup rookie John Kucera claimed the men’s title, edging out American Justin Johnson. Eric Guay of Mont Tremblant, the defending champion, was third after a costly mistake.

From Whistler, Robbie Dixon was 21 st , Jeff Hume 22 nd , Ben Chaddock 28 th , Trevor White 29 th , Scott Hume 34 th , Trevor Conroy 48 th , and Matt Holler 54 th out of 72 starters.

The following day, both Brydon and Kucera repeated their feats in the super G, while setting up Brydon to be the first woman to win gold in all five disciplines.

This time it was Genevieve Simard who finished second in the women’s race, while Allison Forsyth of Nanaimo took third. Britt Janyk was 12 th , Danielle Robson and Alison Leighton were 33 rd , and Anastasia Skryabina and Charlotte Whitney were 40 th and 41 st respectively.

In the men’s race, Kucera was followed by Brad Spence of Calgary, while Stefan Guay, a junior, was third. His older brother Erik went off course and did not finish the race.

Whistler’s Michael Janyk, a technical skier, was fifth, Jeff Hume was 11 th , Scott Hume 15 th , Robbie Dixon 20 th and Matt Holler 48 th .

The technical events took place at Mont Ste. Anne, starting with the slalom. The women raced on day one, with Emily Brydon going three-for-three. "As I entered the course this morning, I knew I could win, I wanted to win," said Brydon. "Although I don’t participate in too many slalom events, it really is my passion."