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Janyk’s earn national slalom titles



Brydon, Janyk’s claim five national alpine titles in Quebec

Whistler skiers Britt and Michael Janyk made national skiing history as the first siblings to ever win national titles the same year in the same discipline.

The Pontiac GMC Canadian Championships wrapped up in Quebec on Wednesday with the slalom races after a chaotic week of snowstorms and rescheduling.

For Britt it was her seventh national title in the past three years, and her second title of 2004 after winning the GS earlier in the championships. Michael was also solid, placing in the top-10 in two other events before earning his slalom title.

Some of the technical racing categories had more than 130 athletes taking part, including the top FIS club racers, provincial team members, national development team members, and World Cup level racers. The speed events had fields with more than 70 racers.

The alpine nationals got underway on March 18 and ran until March 24.

The first national title went to Francois Bourque of New Richmond, Quebec for a solid performance in the downhill at Le Massif. Bourque is just 19, and is coming off a second-place finish in the world junior championship super G.

His time of one minute, 25.63 seconds was just .09 seconds faster than his teammate, 26-year-old Vincent Lavoie of Cap Rouge, Quebec.

Whistler’s Jeff Hume, in his first race since he sustained a head injury racing the Kitzbuehel downhill in January, was close behind the leaders with his time of 1:25.85.

"I’m happy with today because it’s my first downhill race since my injury, and I wanted to get the first one out of my system," said Hume, 24. "I didn’t feel really nervous because I got to the start late – I only had the time to warm up a little and get on my skis. I think that helped me."

Rossland’s David Anderson, who will be competing on the World Cup next season as the Nor Am overall champion, was fourth.

Also from Whistler, Whistler Mountain Ski Club racers Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Scott Hume (Jeff’s younger brother) were eighth and 10th respectively.

The women’s national downhill title wasn’t up for grabs that day, but they got a chance to run the course in a FIS-level competition. Fernie’s Emily Brydon took that race easily with a time of 1:28.76. Kelly VanderBeek of Kitchener, Ontario was second in 1:30.14, and Calgary’s Sherry Lawrence was third in 1:30.42. Whistler’s Britt Janyk was 10 th .

The following day the racers switched, with the women competing for a national title and the men looking for FIS results.

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