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The Year in Sports

From high fives to the World Cup podium



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Feb. 24 — Visually impaired Nordic racer Brian McKeever becomes the first Paralympian to compete in the able bodied World Championships, where he placed in the top 25 per cent of racers.


Mar. 3-4 — WMSC K2’s race in provincial championships. Medals went to Madison McLeish, Isaac Penn, Michael Cadman, Ford Swette, and Matthew Sawchyn.

Mar. 3-4 — Logan Pehota places second in Next Snow Search Finals in Vermont, out of a field of 115 kids, and named to 25-member Sports Illustrated for Kids team.

Mar. 2-4 — Emily Brydon and Francois Bourque pick up two more medals for national alpine ski team, tying previous team record.

Mar. 3-4 — Ben Thomas places fifth in B.C. Squash Champiosnhips.

Mar. 8-11 — Canadian freestylers clean up at world championships with three gold medals, a silver and a bronze. Medal winners were Jenn Heil, the overall champion, Kristi Richards, Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau, Steve Omischl, and Stan Hayer in the first Skicross world championship. Whistler’s Brian Bennett and Davey Barr were 12 th and 22 nd . Dale Begg-Smith, who grew up in Whistler and now competes for Australia, won silver in moguls and gold in dual moguls to take the overall.

Mar. 10 — Whistler Minor Hockey Pee Wee C2 team wins Lions Gate banner.

Mar. 10-11 — Whistler freeskiers Matty Richard, Brett Crabtree and Joel Jacques made the top-tier of U.S. Freeski Championships. Richard had the top result, placing seventh.

Mar. 11 — Locals compete in UBC triathlon, with medals going to Christine Suter, David Higgins, Dawn Titus, and Alisa Brownlee.

Mar. 16-25 — Whistler hosts the Pontiac GMC National Championships. Britt Janyk wins women’s giant slalom title.

Mar. 17-18 — WMSC K2 skiers in Western Canadian Championships. Medals went to Marielle Thompson, Catriona Blair, Joshua Robertson.

Mar. 17-18 — Erik Guay wins Canada’s 14 th World Cup medal, setting the team record.

Mar. 17 — Drew Neilson takes overall World Cup snowboardcross title with a bronze medal in Quebec.

Mar. 17 — Minor Hockey Bantan Rep A team places second in the province.

Mar. 23-25 — WMSC K1 skiers in provincials at Fernie. Medals to Kailee Darlington, Kaylie Higgs, Broderick Thompson, Alexander Smith, Matthew Segal. At the K2 nationals at Mont Tremblant Madison McLeish was also crowned the overall champion.

Mar. 23-25 — Nations snowboard championships. Maëlle Ricker, Mercedes Nicoll and Brad Martin top snowboardcross and halfpipe.