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Locals skiers race to the top at Canadian championships

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"I was all over the place," she said. "I took one gate out with the whole left side of my body, and messed up here and there on the way down. When I crossed the finish line I had no idea what was going to happen. Usually I know if I skied my best, whether my best was good enough for first or sixth place that day, but this time I had no idea."

It turned out that Forsyth had some troubles of her own on the course. "I made a huge mistake, pretty much crashed," said the 23-year-old defending champion. "I was going very fast and totally laid it over sideways. I was fortunate there was a huge snow bank on the side of the hill that I could rebound off. To be honest I’m shocked I still ended up in second."

Forsyth was seventh in the GS at the Olympics, and finished seventh overall on the World Cup GS circuit.

Genevieve Simard tied Forsyth for second in the GS.

For Whistler, Christina Risler was 14 th , Rachel Walker 19 th , Charlotte Whitney 37 th , and Kayla Benbow 55 th .

Men’s Giant Slalom, March 20

Jean-Philippe Roy of Rimouski, Quebec, won his first national GS title on Wednesday, edging past former Whistler ski club racer Ryan Oughtred of Kelowna. Julien Cousineau of Lachute, Quebec, finished third.

Whistler’s Michael Janyk won his third junior title of the championships, beating Ryan Semple of Montreal and Whistler’s Scott Hume to the finish line.