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Janyks win national titles

Canada’s best have their final say in Pontiac GMC Canadian Championships



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The super G was also part of a super combined event, with a slalom taking place later that day.

Robbie Dixon was solid once again to take the silver medal, while slalom specialist Paul Stutz made up enough time in the second race to take the gold. Julien Cousineau was third, and Michael Janyk - moving up 13 places with the fastest time - was fourth. Morgan Pridy was 18 th .

Marie-Michele Gagnon won the women's super combined title, followed by Larisa Yurkiw and Emilie Desforges. Madison McLeish was 13 th and Calindy Ramsden 27 th .

Mike Janyk went on to win the slalom title, the second title of the day for the Janyk family. Trevor White of Calgary was second, followed by Patrick Biggs. Conrad Pridy was 20 th and Alexander Binks 25 th .

"I haven't won a Canadian Championship in a few years," said Mike Janyk, who turned 27 on the day of the competition. "Any time you can win a race, especially at the Canadian Championships, it's a great day.

"The second run was a lot tougher today. We had spring conditions so going 30 th , it was a challenge."

Shona Rubens won the women's slalom race, followed by Marie-Michele Gagnon and Brigitte Acton. Madison McLeish was 38 th .

The final event was the giant slalom. John Kucera - better known for speed events as the reigning downhill world champion - took the national title, with Jean-Philippe Roy in second place and Warner Nickerson of the U.S. third. Michael Janyk was fifth, Conrad Pridy 17 th and Morgan Pridy 32 nd out of 76 racers.

Kucera took the win by almost half a second, which was quite unexpected.

"I haven't been on my GS skis since the World Cup race in Kranjska Gora, which was a few weeks ago, so in the first run I had a little trouble with timing," he said. "I had a better feel in the second run and had more speed. I felt a little better about it, even though JP (Roy) got me by 0.2 seconds.

"This is my eighth title and I have won everything but slalom so I have to feel good about that."

The women's GS wrapped up the nationals on Tuesday. Genevieve Simard, who spent most of the season recovering from a knee injury in 2007, finished with a strong win. Shona Rubens was second, and Marie-Pier Prefontaine third. Calindy Ramsden was 35 th .