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Locals skiers race to the top at Canadian championships



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Michael Janyk was fourth, followed by B.C. Ski Team standout Scott Anderson of Rossland, B.C.

From the Whistler camp, Scott Hume was 10 th , Ryan Oughtred was 12 th , Brian Bennett 21 st , Jeff Hume 24 th , James Finlayson 34 th , Robbie Dixon 46 th , Manuel Osborne-Paradis 49 th , Chris Bellamy 53 rd , Marcus Waring 61 st, , Christopher McCullough 65 th , and Chris Colpitts 73 rd .

Women’s Slalom, March 15

Genevieve Simard, who was named the World Cup rookie of the year this season, was solid in the slalom on Friday to win her first national championship.

The 21-year-old from Val Morin, Quebec, literally bounced back up from a spill on the first run and stayed on course to remain in contention. With a half-second deficit for her second run, she went all out to post the fastest second run of the day.

"I leaned in and fell on my hip, then I jumped back and barely made the second gate," she said. "Britt and Alli were ahead of me. I knew I had to put down one really good run. And I felt good. When slalom is going fast, it feels effortless."

Whistler’s Britt Janyk, who was in the lead after the first run, had to settle for a silver medal, followed closely by Allison Forsyth.

Sophie Splawinski from the Mont Tremblant Team, who is just 16-years-old, finished in fourth place to win the junior slalom title.

Also from Whistler were Rachel Walker in 43 rd , Charlotte Whitney in 55 th and Jennifer Bertram in 56 th .

Men’s Super G, March 16

Erik Guay surprised everyone with a victory in Saturday’s super-G, airing past Olympians Darin McBeath and Thomas Grandi to his first national title.

"I let it go a little too much on top and almost missed a gate," said Guay, who mastered a challenging course with technical turns and a jump where competitors were clearing 40 metres in the air. "My legs were burning at the bottom, but you just dig deep and it pays off. Canadian champion, eh? My friends will like that."

Whistler’s Jeff Hume was fourth, and Michael Janyk was once again the top junior in sixth place overall.