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Local riders overcome fog in park series


Although the terrain park was socked in by fog throughout the day, 72 knuckle-draggers and two-plankers managed to fit two runs into the halfpipe on Jan. 20 during the second event of the Sprite Park Rider Series. Only the best run would count.

In the snowboarding 13 and under race, Whistler Valley Snowboard Club phenom Vinny Ligeti took the top spot easily with a score 19.4 points. His second best run, a 17.6, would also have earned him the top spot.

Jamie MacFarlane was second with a 16.7, and Tylor MacMillan third with a 15.7.

The Junior Girls 14 to 16 category went to Sarah Kopinya, another WVSC rider, who finished nearly five points ahead of the rest of the field with a 23.4. Katelyn Scott was second with a 17.9, and Laura Woerlee third with a 13.7.

The Junior Boys winner was Andy Clark with a 24.6. WVSC rider Tyler Quarles was a close second with a 22.7, while Marc Mains was third with a 17.9.

The Senior Girls 17 and Over category went to national development team boarder Stacey Burke with a score of 18.6. Tasha Attridge was second with a 17.3, and Kristin Shaw third with a 15.6.

The Senior Boys went to Japan’s Mikyawaki Kentaro, who edged past Whistler’s Crispin Lipscomb by one-tenth of a point with his score of 25.8. Dan Raymond finished in third with a 23.3.

Only seven skiers came out, which is down from the first competition, but more two-plankers are expected for the Sprite Park Rider Series snowcross on Feb. 9.

In the Junior Ski Open for ages 17 and younger, Austrin Ross took the top spot with a score of 16. Adam Joubert and Kye Petersen tied for second with 15.7 points each, and Mike Klinkhamer was third with a 7.7.

In the Senior Ski Open, ages 17 and older, the top spot went to Rob Demontigny with a 22.6. Oakley White-Allen was second with a 21.9, and Mike Klatt third with an 8.3.

In addition to the results, the Whistler-Blackcomb Web site is posting athlete profiles. This week’s athletes are Rob Demontigny and Vinny Ligeti.

You can register in advance for the Sprite Park Rider Series at Guest Relations.