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Locals skiers race to the top at Canadian championships



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Hume, 22, was third in the championships, edging out Canada’s Edi Podivinsky who was racing the last downhill of his career.

"I don’t know if I’ll really miss this until I watch the first World Cup race on T.V. and see all my friends pop out of the start gate," said the 32-year-old. "I’ve lived that life for 10 years and I’m ready to take the next step."

Podivinsky, who was only the second Canadian male downhiller, behind Steve Podborski, to win an Olympic medal, took the bronze medal at the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994.

Manuel Osborne-Paradis, a Whistler Mountain Ski Club racer who is on the B.C. Ski Team, was an impressive seventh. James Finlayson of Whistler, who is on the comeback trail after taking some time off for health reasons, finished eighth.

Also for the WMSC, Brian Bennett was 13 th . Of the other Whistler skiers, Michael Janyk was 26 th , Robbie Dixon 30 th , Marcus Waring 39 th , Blake Jamieson 46 th , Ben Chaddock 51 st , and Trevor Conroy 61 st .

Nikolay Skriabin, who divides his time between Whistler and the Ukraine, and who represented Ukraine at the Olympics and Canadian Championships, was 45 th .

Women’s Downhill, March 18

With defending champion Melanie Turgeon out of the running with an ear infection, the women’s downhill was a wide open race.

Anne-Marie Lefrancois, the defending super G champion, filled the gap nicely with a blistering run that was almost two-and-a-half seconds faster than the second place finisher, Whistler’s Christina Risler.

"I was dialed in and gave the course respect," said the 18-year-old Risler. "I had all this anger built up inside from a disappointing result (eighth) in super G, and I just had a ripper today."

Sara-Maude Boucher won the bronze medal.

Also from Whistler, Britt Janyk was sixth, Charlotte Whitney 18 th , Jennifer Bertram 21 st , Kayla Benbow 23 rd and Anatastasia Skryabina 37 th .

Women’s Giant Slalom, March 19

It wasn’t a perfect day but it had a perfect ending for Whistler’s Britt Janyk. She was in second place after her first run, behind defending champion Allison Forsyth, and her second run didn’t exactly go by the book.