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Sprite Series wraps up

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It may have been spring in the valley, but it was business as usual for Whistler skiers and boarders last weekend with the popular Sprite Park Rider Series wrapping up for the season.

More than 40 athletes turned up for the superpipe on Saturday, which was icy and fast as the high alpine clouds kept the sun off of it for most of the day. As a result a number of skiers and boarders were getting their biggest air of the year, and not all of it was on purpose.

In the prize draw after the contest, Debbie Christienson won the Atomic Tweak skis and Oliver Roy won the Atomic Syndicate snowboard.

The slopestyle on Sunday enjoyed a little softer conditions and attracted a crowd of more than 80 skiers and boarders. The skis went to Michael Day and the snowboard to Jason Wexler.

It was a breakthrough year for the Sprite Series, with record-setting participation and a strong showing in the ski categories. In some events, the skiers outnumbered the boarders. In other events, like Saturday’s halfpipe, some of the girls posted higher scores than the guys in different age categories.

There were nine events on the winter calendar: three halfpipe, three slopestyle and three snowcross. Complete results for the season are available on the Whistler-Blackcomb Web site at www.whistler-blackcomb.com/calendar/events/snowseries.asp.

Halfpipe Results, May 10

Snowboard Novice 13 and Under

1. Tamo Campos, 13.4

2. Cricky Trussler, 9.6

3. Jordan Bell, 7.1

Snowboard Women 14 to 16

1. Hailey VanMuyen, 24.2

Snowboard Men 14 to 16

1. Francois Ligeti, 15.1

2. Jamie McFarlane, 11.8

3. Skyler Flavelle, 11.5

Ski Men 15 and Under

1. Eddie Hicks, 18.8

2. Austin Ross, 16.5

Ski Women 16 and Under

1. Keltie Hicks, 11.1

Ski Women 17 and Over

1. Virginie Faivre, 20.6

2. Tomoko Kojima, 16.8

3. Cat Smiley, 12. 8

Ski Men 17 and Over

1. Etienne Verrault, 23.8

2. Kevin Labatte, 19.5

3. Jean Philippe Hebert, 19.2

Snowboard Women 17 and Over

1. Sarah Kopinya, 22.3

2. Jodoi Yukari, 20.6

3. Star Quinn, 17.8

Snowboard Men 17 and Over

1. Chris Waddell, 27..3

2. Oliver Roy, 25.1

3. Dan Wainwright, 22.2

Slopestyle Results, May 11

Snowboard Novice 13 and Under

1. Jordan Bell, 16.0

2. Luke Jones, 14.5

3. Steven Kopyt, 14.0

Snowboard Men 14 to 16

1. DJ Swavely, 20.5

2. Vincent Ligeti, 20.4

3. Francois Ligeti, 17.7

Snowboard Women 17 and Over

1. Leanne Harasyn, 17.0

2. Molly Milligan, 14.6

3. Manae Kaneki, 14.1

Ski Men 16 and Under

1. Austin Ross, 26.9

2. Eddie Hicks, 22.1

3. Tommy Hartl, 7.6

Ski Women 16 and Under

1. Keltie Hicks, 13.1

Ski Men 17 and Over

1. Charles Bedard, 28.8

2. Alex Miyazaki, 24.2

3. Francois Raymond, 24.1

Snowboard Men 17 and Over

1. Jason Wexler, 25.1

2. Hijiri Okamoto, 24.4

3. Oliver Roy, 23.5

(41 competitors in category)

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