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The athletes are on their own to generate votes, and some have gone to extraordinary lengths to get their names out there. Whistler’s Alison Pasemko managed to get herself featured on the MuchMusic 969 program, televised across Canada, while others have pledged the money to charity to draw media attention.

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Whistler boarders solid on snowboard tour

The Canadian Open Snowboard Tour wrapped up for the season at Big White this past weekend, with slopestyle and halfpipe contests. Members of the national Project 2010 team were on hand to compete, as well as the top riders from other COST events held across Canada. Both Big White events sold out.

In Saturday’s slopestyle, Catherine Rochette of Quebec took the gold, edging out Raewyn Reid and Megan Chamberlain.

For the men it was Stephen Burchill, followed by Dan Longo and Jonathan Versteeg. Tamo Campos of the Whistler Valley Snowboard Club placed fifth.

In the halfpipe, Alexandra Duckworth was the top woman, followed by Jaclyn Anderson and Taryn Cowling. Whistler riders Koko Wright and Darcie Goodman were fourth and sixth respectively.

On the men’s side, Brendan Davis was first, Dustrin Craven second and Dan Longo third. Whistler’s Douglas Monfree-Smith placed seventh, T.J. McKay was 11 th , Rob DeBari 17 th , Yannick Goulet 23 rd and Tamo Campos 34 th .


Behind The Grind sponsors Nordics Twoonie

It will be easy to “Spot the Quinnie” tonight as Behind The Grind sponsors a Whistler Nordics Twoonie Race. The theme is tropical, with prizes for the best outfits.

Sign-on is at the Lost Lake ticket booth, starting at 5:30 p.m. The race gets underway at 6:15 p.m. Bring your headlamps, as you’ll be going outside of the loop once again.

To take part you must be a member of the Whistler Nordics (memberships available at start), have a valid ski pass, and pay $2 in the pot.

The races are bringing out a large number of younger skiers. At last week’s race, sponsored by Whistler Fire Rescue Services and Ingrid’s Café, kids did a 4.2 km lap of the park.


Seven, by any other name

After discovering that the Seven mountain bike race infringed on an international trademark, organizers have changed the name of the seven-stage team race to the B.C. Bike Race. Aside from the possible litigation, the name change will also be better when it comes to hosting future races — while this year’s race ends on July 7, 2007 or 7/7/07, future races won’t have that kind of symmetry.