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Whistler Cup gets under way

Canada gets 16 top-10 finishes out of a possible 20.

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"We have to push a little harder over the next few days to win the Whistler Cup ... we're on the way, but we want to win more," Cooper added of Canada's goal to win the overall Nations' Cup at the Whistler event.

Read, whose son Erik claimed victory in the men's slalom at the Sport Chek Alpine Canadian Championships here last month, had some words of advice for the scores of parents in the crowd as well.

"The thing we all know as parents is that our kids don't listen to us, but they do listen to coaches so make sure that they get good coaches.

"This is a learning experience, this is not the end of the road, this is not the Olympics, this is a benchmark where they get to measure themselves against the rest of the country and others internationally, but the next step in going into FIS - that is the real show.

"What is a really important (is that these kids), they will get to come back again and compete on Raven-Ptarmigan at the Dave Murray National Training Centre many, many more times in their future careers."

The Whistler Cup continues on Saturday with men's giant slalom and ladies' slalom. The final day of competition is Sunday, which features men's slalom and ladies' giant slalom and the awarding of the Nation's Cup.

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