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Sports Briefs: Pemberton fifth, Whistler seventh in B.C.

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So far the Whistler list includes Semenuk, Cam Zink, Anthony Messere, Greg Watts, Geoff Gulevich, Cam McCaul, Mike Montgomery, Casey Groves, Martin Soderstrom, Tyler McCaul, Kurt Sorge, Jamie Goldman, Darren Berrecloth, Tomas Genon, Yannick Granieri, Sam Pilgrim and Sam Reynolds.

Only a handful of events at Crankworx Whistler are invite-only, including the Red Bull Joyride and Teva Best Trick Showdown. All of the races are wide open, with registration opening on June 1. Visit www.crankworx.com for more.

Athletes finish Half Iron

A handful of Sea to Sky athletes made the long driver to Oliver this past weekend for the Eastlink Oliver Half Iron race. The race included a 1.9km swim, an 88km bike and a 21.1km run — significantly longer than an Olympic-distance race and half the distance of an Ironman competition.

From Squamish, Volker Schneider placed 30th overall and 11th out of 84 in Male 40 to 44 in 4:49:25.

Timothy Moore was 53rd overall and fifth out of 77 in Male 45 to 49 in 5:00:56.

Roger Shirt was 26th in the same category in 5:20:30.

Karen Jakobsen was 44th in Female 45 to 49 in 7:22:54.

From Pemberton, Paul Vacirca place 55th overall and third out of 65 racers in the Male 50 to 54 category in 5:02:25.

Nancy Johnston was eighth out of 57 in Female 45 to 49 in 5:48:10.

From Whistler, Mike Conway placed 75th overall and 11th out of 51 racers in Male 30 to 34 with a time of five hours, eight minutes and 33 seconds.

Greg Sandkuhl was second out of 13 racers in the Male 65 to 69 race with a time of 5:59:26.

Tom Barratt was eighth out of 13 in the Male 60 to 64 race in 6:40:44.

Maridee Fitch was 33rd in Female 50 to 54 in 7:37:41.

Miller, Smith solid at Val di Sol

Squamish's Miranda Miller and Nanaimo's Steve Smith represented Canada the World Cup downhill at Val di Sol, Italy this past weekend, racing a long and dusty course.

Smith, racing with a broken finger, held onto fifth spot overall on the World Cup tour with a 10th place finish. Aaron Gwin of the U.S. took the win, followed by South Africa's Greg Minnaar and Gee Atherton of Great Britain.

On the women's side, Squamish's Miranda Miller placed 12th overall, a few seconds back of athletes like Sabrina Jonnier of France and Tracey Hannah of Australia. Rachel Atherton of Great Britain took the win by almost five full seconds, followed by French riders Myriam Nicole and Emmeline Ragot.

Leuders defects to Russian team

Just one week after announcing that he would be stepping down as a development coach for Bobsleigh Canada, five-time Olympian — and two-time Olympic medallist — Pierre Leuders announced he would be joining the Russian team as head coach.