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Mike Janyk repeats as Canadian slalom champion



The GMC Canadian Championships at Nakiska wrapped up on Sunday with Whistler's Mike Janyk defending his national slalom title against a field of increasingly competitive racers. It was his second medal of the national championships, after placing third in the men's super combined three days earlier.

Meanwhile sister Britt Janyk added a gold medal in the giant slalom and a super G bronze to the gold she won in the women's downhill at the start of last week.

The women's super G took place on March 24, with Fernie's Emily Brydon taking the gold medal just 0.07 seconds ahead of teammate Shona Rubens. It was Brydon's last chance at the title, after confirming a few weeks earlier that she would be retiring from professional ski racing at the end of the season.

"Today was a landmark day for me," said Brydon. "I wanted to really enjoy it. I knew I could do well but I also knew that the competition would be tough, Britt and Shona are skiing really well and I knew it was a shorter course and would be really tight."

Britt Janyk placed third in the super G, just 0.01 seconds behind Rubens.

Whistler's Madison McLeish finished 10 th while Toria Whitney - fourth in the downhill - placed 12 th .

Other Whistler results include Alecia Willis 25 th , Kailee Darlington 32 nd and Jocelyn Ramsden 35 th .

Ryan Semple won the men's super combined on the same day, followed by Paul Stutz and Michael Janyk.

Whistler's Morgan Pridy, racing for the B.C. Ski Team, placed a solid ninth while brother Conrad was 19 th . Benjamin MacLean was 21 st , Alexander Binks 26 th , Spencer Morris 28 th , Philip Kwong 32 nd and Ford Swette 37 th .

Moving on to the giant slalom, the top three men were Brad Spence, Erik Guay and Dustin Cook. Whistler's Manuel Osborne-Paradis just missed the podium by 0.14 seconds.

Also from Whistler, Mike Janyk was ninth, Benjamin MacLean 16 th , Conrad Pridy 17 th , Morgan Pridy 24 th , Ford Swette 32 nd , Alexander Binks 41 st , Philip Kwong 43 rd , Spencer Morris 45 th , Broderick Thompson 48 th and William Konantz 53 rd out of 90 starters.

Britt Janyk put on a dominating performance in the women's giant slalom, 0.42 seconds faster than Marie-Pier Prefontaine. Shona Rubens picked up another bronze medal.

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