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Huge turnout for Atomic Cross



Skiers with Whistler Blackcomb programs and the Whistler Mountain Ski Club turned out in droves for the Atomic Ski and Snowboardcross last weekend, with more than 120 athletes signing up and organizers hosting an amazing 114 brackets on Sunday.

With Ski Cross in the Olympics, and the Whistler Mountain Ski Club hosting the provincial program, the young skiers in the Atomic Cross could well be the World Cup racers of tomorrow.

In Ski Girls 13 and under there were 25 racers. Chantal and Cassidy Deane took the top two spots, both qualifying in the same semi-final heat and placing first and second respectively. Antonia Wearmouth was third, with Cameryn Higgs fourth. Carline Loughlin won the small final to place fifth.

In Ski Boys 10 and Under - sold out with 32 racers - Finn Iles took first place, followed by Kyle Alexander, Alex Auger, and Cooper Bathgate. Jackson Bathgate won the small final to place fifth.

In Ski Boys 11 to 13, Jack Iles picked up the family's second win, chased closely by Dalton Pehota, Ben Kirsch and Sean Rundle. Liam Measure won the small final.

There were just two women in the 17 and Over group, with Danielle Willhoeft beating Mina Sato in three rounds.

Liam Peiffer won the overflow category, with mixed age groups taking part.

In Ski Girls 14 to 16 Marielle Thompson placed first, followed by Bria Darlington, Kayla Spark and Lauren Anne.

In Ski Boys 14 to 16 Jacob Boyd took the win, followed by Max Horner, Nick Geddes and Josh Robertson. Tyler Allison won the consolation round.

In Ski Men 17 and Over Ben Darlow was first, Andrew Blackmore second, Nozomi Nakashima third and Paul Wearmuth fourth. Chris Wright was fifth.

In Snowboard Women 17-Plus, Carrie Hall took the win, followed by Kenzie McGowan, Dawn Englehart, and Regina Vader Werf. Heather McGee was fifth.

In Snowboard Men 17-Plus, Liam Walsh placed first, followed by Jeff Drummond, Chris Tasker and Luke Peers. Yvan Roy Sutherland was fifth.

The Atomic Cross was held to replace an event that was cancelled in January because of snow issues. The second Atomic Cross race is March 28-29 on Blackcomb, with pre-registration available at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations for $35. Early registration is recommended as there are a limited number of spaces in categories, and categories do sell out.