Speed events cancelled due to weather
The Pontiac GMC Cup Canadian Alpine Championships wrapped up on March 27 after a frustrating 10 days of snow, rain, wind, rain and fog. More than a metre of snow fell during the last seven days of the competition, prompting delay after delay.
The Weasel Workers put in a Herculean effort to keep the downhill and super G course clear of snow and ready for the race, but in the end the weather proved to be too much.
While locals and visitors were enjoying some of the best skiing of the season, the racers have been watching and waiting for a break in the clouds to do what they came here for. Many of them will go home disappointed.
At press time on March 26, the womens super G event and downhill had been cancelled. The mens downhill and a womens FIS giant slalom remained on the To Do list, but with another system sitting on the mountains, it looked doubtful.
But hey, thats racing.
Two athletes that have nothing to complain about are Whistlers Britt Janyk and Canmores Thomas Grandi. They cleaned up in the technical events, each winning gold in both the slalom and giant slalom championships.
Janyk, 22, kicked things off on the first day of racing with a slalom win on March 19. She came into the nationals as the top-ranked Canadian on the World Cup slalom circuit in 16 th overall.
"Coming into the race I was the top slalom racer, and I was the most consistent on the World Cup all season, but the others skiers, Emily (Brydon) and Ali (Forsyth) are pretty strong, themselves," said Janyk. "I definitely had to ski hard out there to win. A race is a race, wherever you are."
This was Janyks first national slalom title, although shes no stranger to the podium. At last years championships, she won gold in super G, GS, and the combined events, won silver in the slalom, and finished sixth in the downhill.
Janyk said it was an advantage to know her hometown race course so well, because she can ski it almost without thinking. It was also nice to have friends and family out there to support her, after spending most of her season in Europe.
"That morning I bumped into my mom, and we went up the chair together before the race. I was pretty relaxed, and I slept at home that night. The atmosphere racing at home is always nice," she said.
While the weather and the delays were distracting, she said that shes used to these kinds of things by now.