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Whistler athletes on top at freestyle nationals



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"I couldn’t be happier for Scott," he said. "Dualing with him was special. It’s nice to see him go out as national champion."

In the small final, Chris Wong of Prince George edged out Rousseau to take the bronze.

The aerials competition on March 29 may have marked another gold medal performance by a retiring athlete.

Veronica Brenner of Sharon, Ontario, a silver medallist in the 2002 Olympics, has admitted that she is contemplating retirement. The 28-year-old did not win a World Cup medal all season, but was fourth in the world championship finals.

"I won, so that was nice because I haven’t won for a while," said Brenner. "I really didn’t jump well, it was kind of a mediocre day – maybe even worse than mediocre – but it was tough with the challenging winds. I’m just happy to make it through the season with a win at the end."

The silver medal went to Melissa Prefontaine of Grande Prairie, Alberta, and Amber Peterson of Thunder Bay, a member of the national development team, took the bronze.

In the men’s competition, Steve Omischl of North Bay, Ontario, took the gold medal. The result capped a season that included four World Cup medals and a bronze at the world championships.

Nicolas Fontaine of Magog, Quebec, took the silver medal. The national team stalwart, a four-time national champion and a four time world champion, had previously announced that this would be his last year of competition. Jeff Bean of Ottawa, who was ranked third on the World Cup circuit last season, took the bronze medal.

In the moguls competition on March 27, a mix-up in the calculations originally put the gold medal on the shoulder’s of Whistler’s Sylvia Kerfoot, but she was relegated to third once thing were straightened out.

The gold went to Penticton’s own Kristi Richards, and the silver to 17-year-old Elisa Kurylowicz of Manotick, Ontario. Still, Kerfoot was happy with the result.

"My first run felt like the best run I’ve had all year, and the second run was good as well.

"It’s a big competition for us, and it’s always really challenging – especially with all the young girls coming up and gunning to be the best."

Kerfoot has run into injury trouble recently, and went in for shoulder surgery before the start of this season. The 25-year-old has been rehabilitating the injury ever since.

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