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Canadians hold their on in Whistler NorAm Championships

Large number of "Did Not Finish" results due to variable snow conditions



The U.S. may outrank Canada on the international level, but at last week's NorAm Cup Championships in Whistler the Canadians held their own.

It was a tough competition to stage with snow falling on most days and temperatures that fluctuated day-to-day, but Weasel Worker crews managed to get every event off, other than the women's super combined. There was a large number of DNFs in some events due to the variable snow conditions, and start positions played a huge role in the final outcome.

On the women's side, Erin Mielzynski set the tone on day one with a win in the slalom, with teammate Elli Terwiel second. Whistler's Madison McLeish placed sixth. B.C. Ski Team members Rae Swette, Charley Field and Kailee Darlington, competing in their first NorAm championships, were 27th, 28th and 33rd respectively.

Mielzynski, who has been competing with the national team this year, proved her skills by winning the second slalom as well - this time by over a second-and-a-half. Madison Irwin picked up the silver medal for Canada. Rae Swette placed 30th and Charley Field 39th.

Marie-Pier Prefontaine, also with the national team, won the opening women's giant slalom race, with Madison Irwin placing a close second. Madison McLeish was 12th, Jocelyn Ramsden 39th and Kailee Darlington 41st.

Marie-Pier Prefontaine was first again in the second GS, with over a second-and-a-half on Kiley Staples of the U.S. The win secured the overall GS title for Prefontaine and earned her a World Cup spot next season. Madison Irwin placed third for Canada, making it four double podiums in four events. Kailee Darlington was 48th and Jocelyn Ramsden 50th.

In the first super G race, Madison Irwin earned Canada's only podium, finishing in third place. Madison McLeish was 10th, Jocelyn Ramsden 20th and Kailee Darlington 33rd.

Ontario skier Julia Roth was the only Canadian on the podium in the second super G, claiming the silver medal. Madison McLeish came within five one-hundredths of a second of the podium but settled for fourth place. Jocelyn Ramsden was 20th and Kailee Darlington 40th.

On the men's side, the first event was the giant slalom. The top Canadian was Jeffrey Frisch, who finished in seventh place. Morgan Pridy was the top Whistler skier, 15th, with Conrad Pridy placing 25th.

Frisch moved up to fourth on the second day, missing the podium by 0.04 seconds. Conrad Pridy moved up to 14th, Morgan Pridy dropped to 30th and Ford Swette, a WMSC alum with the B.C. Ski Team, placed 40th.

In the opening men's slalom, national team skier Brad Spence earned the Canadian men's first medal of the competition with a third place finish.