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The Year In Sports



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21 - Maëlle Ricker ends her snowboardcross medal streak with a silver. Jeff Batchelor wins the halfpipe.

21 - Alex Bilodeau takes the overall men's mogul title after claiming another gold medal.

22 - The 31 st annual Whistler Loppet takes place. The fastest male on the 30 km course is Matt Neumann, while Repo Mintt-Maija is the top female racer.

28-29 - WMSC skiers top K1 Western Championships and Canadian J1 Championships. K1 medals go to Kelly Steeves, Dalton Pehota and Rachel Vanderveen. William Konantz wins a J1 medal.

28 - Caley Vanular and Andrew Burns top the Showcase Showdown Backyard Jam.

27-28 - Ashleigh McIvor wins the ski cross world championship in Japan after nearly failing to qualify. Davey Bar is third.

28 - Maëlle Ricker wins gold in snowboardcross.



6-8 - Whistler Olympic Park hosts a Para-Nordic World Cup event to prepare for the Paralympics. Visually-impaired skier Brian McKeever and guide/brother Robin McKeever win three gold medals, while Robbi Wheldon and guide Brian Berry are third in one event.

7-8 - Local athletes take part in the Junior National Freestyle Championships. Highlights are a third place finish for Yuki Tsubota in dual moguls, a second for Nicola Halliwell in big air and a silver for Taylor Wilson.

8 - Manuel Osborne-Paradis wins his first career World Cup race, the downhill at Kvitfjell, Norway. He follows with a bronze the next day.

12-15 - The Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team wins the IPC Nations Cup for the first time at the test event in Whistler. Medals go to Josh Dueck, Lauren Woolstencroft, Viviane Forest and Kimberly Joines.

13-15 - Whistler Olympic Park hosts a biathlon World Cup test event. The venue passes with flying colours.

14 - Julia Murray makes the ski cross podium for the first time, placing third in Switzerland.

14-15 - WMSC K2 skiers top the provincial championships, with Broderick Thompson and Kailee Darlington crowned as the overall champions.

21-22 - At the K1 provincials the WMSC takes 14 of a possible 36 medals.

21 - Will Routley places second on the first stage and eventually finishes eighth overall in the Redlands Bicycle Classic.

21 - Maëlle Ricker wins gold at the last World Cup snowboardcross in Italy, her second win of the season. Her Squamish roommate, Sarah Conrad, earns the first medal of the season for the women's halfpipe team. All-in-all, the Canadian Snowboard Federation had its best season ever with 23 World Cup medals and three medals at the World Championships. Whistler athletes helped, with Ricker winning four medals and additional medals from Crispin Lipscomb, Justin Lamoureux and Brad Martin.

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