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Locals skiers race to the top at Canadian championships

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Although he had never raced slalom on the lower section of the Dave Murray Downhill before, Michael agrees with Britt’s assessment that it was an advantage to be able to ski at home on familiar snow.

"There’s an advantage for sure, you know where you can get a little extra speed, and where the run is going. One of the biggest advantages though is the home cooked meal, and sleeping in your own bed."

For now, Janyk’s goal is to make the national development team once again, and to get a few more starts on the World Cup. He had one start this year, and he says that helped him at the FIS and NorAm levels.

"After skiing at that calibre with the best in the world, it kind of takes the pressure off for other competitions. You know you can race with anybody, and see that the difference between, say, the NorAm and World Cup is only a little time."

Whistler’s Jeff Hume, who is on the national speed team, was 24 th in the slalom, fourth in the super-G, and third in the downhill.

His younger brother Scott Hume, who races with the B.C. Ski Team, was 10th in the slalom and 24 th in the super G.

Christina Risler, 18, who is also with the national development team, was second overall in the downhill (first junior), eighth in the super-G (third among juniors), and 14 th in the GS.

Nanaimo’s Allison Forsyth, who trained with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club, was unable to defend her national GS title for six consecutive years from an energized Britt Janyk. Forsyth fell on her side toward the bottom of her second GS run but managed to finish second, tied with Genevieve Simard.

Men’s Slalom, March 14

The first race of the championships, the men’s slalom, went to Canadian Alpine Ski Team vet Thomas Grandi, 29, of Canmore, Alberta with a time of 1:30.80 for two runs. This was his ninth career Canadian Championship title, breaking the previous record of eight titles held by "Jungle" Jim Hunter.

CAST teammate Jean-Philippe Roy, 23, who was the 2001 champion in slalom and giant slalom, took the silver medal in 1:31.12. He was followed by young gun Erik Guay, in 1:31.29 of Tremblant, Quebec. Guay is just 20 years old, but is already one of the top prospects for the national team. He went on to win two events in the championships, and was on the podium in all four disciplines.