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Locals skiers race to the top at Canadian championships



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Other finishes for Whistler skiers include national team member Ryan Oughtred in seventh, Whistler Mountain Ski Club racer Brian Bennett in eighth, James Finlayson in 22 nd , Scott Hume in 24 th , Manuel Osborne-Paradis in 27 th , Marcus Waring in 47 th , Robbie Dixon in 51 st and Blake Jamieson in 57 th . Ben Chaddock, Trevor Controy, Chris Collpitts and Christopher McCullough also raced.

Women’s Super G, March 16

Britt Janyk earned her first national title in the super-G, this time edging out teammate Genevieve Simard by 0.29 seconds for the top spot.

"I skied solid and picked up some speed in the key sections," said Janyk. "I skied the top really well and my goal was to get speed in the turns and carry that on to the Timing Flats. I’m not that big so I need to have some speed going into that," she added.

She also had a plan heading into a section of course known as The Sewer, where competitors were having trouble with one gate. "I saw that in inspection and I think I’ve just skied is so many times I know how it runs through there, wherever it’s set, it can be pretty tough.

"I got the report over the radio from (coach) Jim (Pollock) and we talked about it so I knew it was there. I think that was key, too. I skied that really well. I nailed that."

Anne-Marie Lefrancois of Charlesbourg, Quebec, who skis on the national team, won the bronze medal.

Sophie Splawinski of the Quebec Team was fourth once again, and the top junior for the second race in a row.

Whistler’s Christina Risler, who skis with the national development team, was 12 th . From the B.C. Ski Team, Jennifer Bertram and Rachel Walker were 22 nd and 36 th , while Kayla Benbow, Anastasia Skryabina and Charlotte Whitney of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club were 23 rd , 24 th , 28 th and 37 th .

Men’s Downhill, March 18

Erik Guay established himself as a leading candidate for the Canadian speed team next year with a convincing win on the Dave Murray Downhill, finishing four-tenths of a second ahead of Calgary’s Darin McBeath.

"At events like the Canadian Championships, Olympics, or World Championships, fourth place doesn’t count for anything. For me it’s a medal or nothing," said an enthusiastic Guay, who is shaping up to be the next Crazy Canuck. "I went in with that kind of confidence today. I’d be happier to ski my best, ski really hard and go off course, than to hold back and finish fifth or sixth." Guay won the overall NorAm downhill title this season, edging out teammate Jeff Hume.