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The week’s sports in numbers


11 – The number of medals won by the Norwegian team at the Sierra Wireless Whistler Cup last weekend to win the Nations Cup. Austria was second with seven medals and the U.S. third with six. More than 300 juvenile skiers took part from 14 different nations.

4.43 – The size of Kristina Riis-Johannessen of Norway’s lead in seconds on the rest of the field in the women’s K1 (ages 11 and 12) slalom in the Sierra Wireless Whistler Cup. Her time would have placed her second among the boys.

Fifth – The best result posted by a Canadian in the Whistler Cup, courtesy Ontario’s Shannon McDonald while racing in the K1 slalom.

$55,000 – The total prize purse for the Ripzone Snowboard Invitational big air and superpipe competitions next weekend.

60 feet – The distance from the 10-foot high jump to the landing transition in the Ripzone Big Air. Most of the riders try to go about 80-feet to be safe!

20 feet – The height that some of the top riders like Keir Dillon and Mike Michalchuk are jumping out of the superpipe these days. The walls of the superpipe range from 18 to 20 feet.

6 – The number of volleyballs that the Whistler Whoosh women’s volleyball team earned after winning the Tier II provincials last weekend.

3 vs. 6 – The third-ranked Vancouver Canucks are taking on the sixth ranked Calgary Flames in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Vancouver’s top scorer is Markus Naslund with 35 goals and 49 assists in the regular season. Calgary has one of the league’s top goal scorers in Jarome Iginla with 41 goals and 32 assists. In goaltending, you have to give the edge to Miikka Kiprusoff of Calgary, who was the top netminder in the league this year with a record low 1.69 goals against average. Dan Cloutier has been solid for the Canucks this year and entered the post-season with a 2.27 goals against average.

2-0 – The final score for Team Canada in their victory over the U.S. in the women’s world hockey championships in Halifax this week. Canada has now won all eight titles since the tournament began in 1990. The latest title was controversial after officials didn’t recognize a goal by the U.S. on a power play in the third period.