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Kucera continues to lead Canadian team

Janyk second in Europa Cup, Victoria Whitney on top in Nor-Am


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While Janyk has not won a Europa Cup super G since 2002, she was more excited by the chance to go powder skiing than her near-gold experience.

“We went powder skiing on our second afternoon here, it’s been snowing and snowing,” she said. “I rented some fat skis but never got the hang of them. They were like water skis that didn’t turn.

“There were a bunch of the girls (from the World Cup) at the Europa Cup, so it was definitely nice to do well. It was also good to get a chance to race before (this weekend’s) World Cup races.”

Also for Canada, Emilie Desforges tied for eighth place. The women will be in super combined, downhill and super G races at St. Moritz this week.

The women’s technical team also squeezed in giant slalom and slalom World Cup races at La Molina, Spain this week. None of the Canadians qualified for a second run in GS, but Anna Goodman improved on her ranking with a 21 st place finish in slalom.


Victoria Whitney takes Nor-Am gold

Whistler’s Victoria Whitney, skiing for the B.C. Team, made a solid comeback to racing after missing most of last season to get surgery and rehabilitate a knee injury. Not one to ski cautiously, she attacked the Nor-Am super G course at Panorama on Monday to take the gold medal by 0.18 seconds.

Teammates Kelly McBroom and Georgia Simmerling were second and third for Canada, with American skiers snapping up the next seven spots in the top-10.

“I’m super-excited with this results, but the day started out pretty hectic for me when I realized that I had arrived at the hill with my wrong skis,” she said. “I had to go back and get my race skis, so I missed part of my inspection. Of course I don’t recommend this, but I didn’t get flustered. I stayed calm and trusted the course reports my coaches were sending me.”

Whitney said the course was laid out almost like a giant slalom cours,e and luckily she also warmed up on a GS course wearing her super G skis. “I think that actually helped me today,” she said.

Several Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) skiers were also in the mix. Antastasiya Skryabina was 26 th , Alecia Willis 28 th , and Calindy Ramsden 49 th .

On the men’s side, Stefan Guay, Louis-Pierre Helie and Jeffrey Frisch of Canada won the last men’s super G. Whistler’s Conrad Pridy was 12 th racing for the B.C.   team, Morgan Pridy was 39 th , Stan Rey 51 st , Ben Maclean 57 th , Ian Morrison 58 th , Philip Matejko 62 nd , Alexander Binks 68 th , and Simon Timoshenko 81 st .

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