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The Year In Sports

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Best of 2009

January

3 - Whistler's Mike Janyk makes his way back into the World Cup top 10 in slalom for the first time since missing most of the previous season with a back injury.

3 - New Canadian citizen Ivan Babikov becomes the second man in Canadian history to win gold in a World Cup cross country race.

5 - The Test of Metal at last sells out after technical problems (e.g. huge demand) shut down their registration server on New Year's Day.

10-11 - The Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Club earns 12 medals in the first provincial series competition of the season.

10-11 - Squamish endurance racer Jen Segger sets a course record in the rain and mud at the annual 50 km Bridle Trails Winter Festival 50 km run in Seattle.

10-11 - The Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) K2 skiers win 14 of 18 medals at a zone race at Mt. Washington.

16-18 - Whistler hosts the first part of Nordic Fest at Whistler Olympic Park, featuring cross-country World Cup action. The Canadians do well at home, with Alex Harvey and George Grey taking third in the team sprint.

17-18 - WMSC K1 skiers claim 17 of 18 medals in a zone competition at Cypress.

17-18 - Canadian aerialists win three of six medals at Lake Placid.

17-18 - The snowboard world championships take place in Korea. Jasey-Jay Anderson wins gold in parallel giant slalom and teammate Matthew Morison is third. Jeff Batchelor is second in halfpipe.

12 - Local Olympian Sylvia Kerfoot announces plans to step back from competing in the 2008-09 World Cup mogul season to recover from a knee injury the previous season.

24-25 - The men's mogul team sweeps the podium in Quebec, with Vincent Marquis, Alex Bilodeau and Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau first through third. Jenn Heil places second on the women's side, while Steve Omischl is first in aerials.

24-25 - WMSC hosts the Parsons Memorial super G races for K2 skiers. Club skiers win medals in every event, with Kailee Darlington and Broderick Thompson winning overall titles.

24-25 - Whistler Olympic Park hosts its first World Cup ski jumping competition. Over 6,000 spectators turn out on Sunday.

24-25 - The annual ESPN X Games take place in Aspen. Whistler's Sarah Burke is first in ski superpipe, T.J. Schiller is first in ski slopestyle, Stanley Hayer wins the men's ski cross, Spencer O'Brien is second in women's snowboard slopestyle, Kaya Turski places third in women's ski slopestyle.

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