This week the top K2 skiers in Canada (aged 13 to 14) are in Collingwood, Ontario for nationals, contending for bragging rights and spots on Team Canada for the upcoming Whistler Cup international races in April. The event won't wrap up until Friday, but Whistler skiers got off to a great start.
Kelly Steeves from the Whistler Mountain Ski Club, the provincial super G and giant slalom champion, won the women's super G race, edging Ontario's Ronni Remme by 0.01 seconds. "I'm really excited to win," said Steeves. "Today I put everything together. It wasn't a perfect run but it was the best of my season.
"I have great coaches this year. Rob Boyd is the K2 coach at our club and I worked with him all summer and this season. We feel pretty lucky to have him."
Also from Whistler, Sefanie Fleckenstein was 16th, Elizabeth Kepl 20th, Rachel Vander Veen 22nd and Mikayla Martin 36th out of close to 80 racers.
In the men's race, the top Whistler skier was Riley Seer in 23rd, with Dalton Pehota in 37th.
That was day two of the competition. In the opening super G the top Whistler skier was Rachel Vander Veen in fourth. Kelly Steeves was eighth, Stefanie Fleckenstein 16th and Mikayla Martin 30th.
Cameron Alexander was the top Whistler male in 17th, followed by Marc Leroux in 19th, Riley Seger in 26th and Dalton Pehota 41st.