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K1, K2 athletes top provincial, national championships

Brynne Benbow leads Whistler effort in Quebec

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The Whistler Mountain Ski Club had an active week, to say the least. Not only did the club help host the Pontiac GMC National Championships, the K1 team was at the provincial championships at Silver Star while the K2s were in Quebec at the Mars Canadian Juvenile Alpine Championships.

Whistler skiers rose to the occasion at all three events, from Britt Janyk capturing national titles in downhill and super G, to the K1s all but sweeping provincial podiums.

For the K2s, the races at Mont Tremblant got underway on Monday, March 20 with men’s and women’s super G.

Madison Irwin of Ontario won the women’s gold medal, followed by Abigail Fucigna and Janna Kantor of the U.S.

Madison McLeish was the top Whistler skier, finishing sixth out of 74 starters. Brynne Benbow also finished in the top-15 in 14 th place. Nancy Bayly was 26 th and Chanelle Segal 38 th .

In the men’s super G, Richard Long of Ontario took gold, followed by Erik Read of Alberta and Mac-Olivier Vermette of Quebec.

The WMSC’s Alexander Binks led the way for the B.C. skiers in eighth place. Ian Morrison was 10 th and Isaac Penn 58 th out of 80 starters.

Day two was also a super G. Shannon Campbell of Ontario took the gold, followed by Quebec skiers Karel Bouchard and Camille Gilbert.

The WMSC’s Brynne Benbow pushed her way up to fifth, Madison McLeish was sixth, Nancy Bayly 17 th and Chanelle Segal 57 th .

Richard Long of Ontario took his second gold medal, followed by Michael Welton and Erik Read, who earned his second podium of the week. Read is the son of Ken Read, former Crazy Canuck and currently president of Alpine Canada Alpin.

Alexander Binks and Ian Morrison were once again the top Whistler athletes, finishing eighth and 11 th , and Isaac Penn was 57 th .

Things changed for the better in the giant slalom, with Madison McLeish winning the B.C. team’s first medal of the Juvenile Championships. She earned a silver behind Madison Irwin and Emily Goad of Ontario.

Brynne Benbow did not finish her first run, but Chanelle Segal moved up to 32 nd place.

Richard Long claimed his third gold for the men, followed by Andy Trow of Alberta and, picking up his third medal, Erik Read.

Ian Morrison was seventh, Alexander Binks 12 th , and Isaac Penn 46 th .

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