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The Year in Sports

From high fives to the World Cup podium



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Oct. 8 — Bike Park closes after another record season.

Oct. 9 — Canada Ski Cross team officially confirmed.

Oct. 14 — Ironman World Championships. Mike Edwards and Bob Deeks both finished strong, in times of 10:16:21 and 10:32:44 respectively.

Oct. 14 — Lumpy’s Epic Run. Aaron Heidt wins race and Sea to Sky series. The top Whistler runner was Dave Burch in second, with sisters Lindsay Burch and Nancy Johnston tying for first among women.

Oct. 20 — Cyclocross National Championships. Riders finishing in top-10 include Trevor Hopkins and Tony Routley.

Oct. 25 — More than 100 riders take part in WORCA Halloween ride in Lost Lake Park. That brings total WORCA ridership for 2007 to over 5,000 in 22 events, or 227 riders per race.


Nov. 4 — Local teams in Haney to Harrison relay. I Really Don’t Wanna Run — Bob Deeks, Christine Suter, Kevin Titus, Liz Cullen, Jonathan Silcock, Jennifer Keefer, John Blok and Grace Blok — were the top Whistler team placing third in Open Mixed category. I Don’t Wanna Run and the Chafed Taints also raced from Whistler.

Nov. 12-15 — La Ruta de los Conquistadores mountain bike race. Whistler’s Mike Charuk and Tony Routley first and second in their respective age categories.

Nov. 19 — The Canadian Olympmic Committee announces plan to pay athletes for medals in Olympic competition — $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze.

Nov. 22-25 — World Cup at Lake Louise. Jan Hudec wins gold in downhill, five skiers in the top-10.


Dec. 2 — Britt Janyk wins first career World Cup medal, placing third in Lake Louise downhill.

Dec. 10 — Janyk follows up bronze with a gold in the downhill in Aspen.

Dec. 10 — Inaugural event is held at Whistler Olympic Park, a Coast Cup hosted by Hollyburn. 150 skinny skiers take part.

Dec. 9-11 — Freestyle moguls season starts. B.C.’s Kristi Richards third.

Dec. 16 — Emily Brydon was third on downhill podium at St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Dec. 10 — Maëlle Ricker wins silver at U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix in Colorado.

Dec. 21 — Kelly Vanderbeek wins silver in downhill at St. Anton, Austria, giving Canada four podiums in less than four weeks.