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The Year in Sports

From high fives to the World Cup podium

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Jan. 6 — Local freeskiers went to Rossland for the Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships. Whistler’s Alex Prochazka, Kerry-Anne Hamilton and Erin Erkk won their respective categories.

Jan. 6 — Three Whistler Minor Hockey League players, Alex Hozner, Nadine Crowe and Beth Chaisson, are selected to compete in the provincials for the Zone 5 team.

Jan. 13-14 — Brin Alexander and Max Ripper qualify for the Sports Illustrated for Kids Next Snow Search finals in Killington, Vermont, while Yuki Tsubota is selected for Next Snow Search All Stars at Steamboat, Colorado.

Jan. 13-14 — Whistler Mountain Ski Club racers clean up at Mars B.C. Cup races in Rossland. Medals went to Julia Murray, Brynne Benbow, Victoria Whitney and James McLean.

Jan. 20 — Canadian downhillers Erik Guay and Manuel Osborne-Paradis place second and third in Val d’Isere, bringing the team’s medal haul to eight on the season.

Jan. 20 — Whistler rider Brad Martin wins bronze in the World Cup halfpipe at Arosa, Switzerland.

Jan. 21 — A huge youth turnout for the first Atomic Cross of the season. Winners were Nick Geddes, Rachael Vanderveen, Oscar Kirkwood, Sead Causevic, Perry Bizyk, Ariana Stufano, Ali Tracy, Britney Cameron, Jacelyn Smith, and Tyler Allison.

Jan. 26-28 — Whistler athletes compete in the X-Games. Maëlle Ricker is third in snowboard cross, Mercedes Nicoll sixth in halfpipe, Leanne Pelosi eighth in slopestyle, Dave Barr eighth in ski cross, and Sarah Burke first women’s skier halfpipe.

Jan. 27 — Britt Janyk places fourth in World Cup super-G, just 0.03 seconds off the podium. It was her best World Cup result to date, and the first of four fourth place finishes on the season.

Jan. 27 — WMSC K1 skiers dominate podium at Cypress. Medals went to Kailee Darlington, Kaylie Higgs, Charlie Field, Broderick Thompson, Matthew Segal, Logan Pehota, Alexander Smith and Brodie Seger.

Jan. 27-28 — WMSC K2 skiers raced in the annual Parsons Memorial Downhill, winning all but two medals. Medal winners were Madison McLeish, Kelsi Francisty, Jenny Rea, Michael Cadman, Isaac Penn, William Konantz, Patrick Taillefer, Elyse Timoshenko, and Spencer Morris.

Jan. 28 — Ontario’s Matthew Morison picks up his first World Cup medal in alpine snowboarding, and he would follow up with two more medals over the course of the season.

February

Feb. 2-4 — Yuki Tsubota and Logan Pehota take part in the Next Snow Search All Stars contest. Pehota was third in ski cross, while Tsubota was third overall for slopestyle, skicross, and big air.