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Whistler K2s in the medals at Mars championships

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B.C. 13-14-year-olds among best in country; ready to take on world in Whistler Cup

Team B.C. made several trips to the podium at the Mars K2 National Championships at Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay in Banff last week as they faced 140 of the top racers from around the country.

The 21-member B.C. team included nine skiers from the Whistler Mountain Ski Club with Rob Boyd serving as head coach.

The top K2 racers from Banff will go on to represent Team Canada in the Sierra Wireless Whistler Cup international juvenile races this weekend. Others will represent their provinces and clubs.

After a snowstorm delayed the start of the Mars races on Tuesday, March 23, the races got underway on Wednesday with a super G.

Whistler’s Daniel Penn led the way for Team B.C. all week, starting with a second place finish between Braden Long of Ontario and Nicolas Gosselin on Ontario. Penn’s time of 59.41 seconds was just 0.25 seconds out of first place.

Although Penn was the only Whistler athlete in the top-15, Michael Kearney came close with a 16 th place finish and a time of 1:01.06.

Ben Podborski was 50 th and Morgan Pridy 61 st out of 83 racers. Smith Milner did not finish.

In the first women’s SG, Marie-Michele Gagnon of the Quebec team blew the competition away with a time of 58.02 seconds, 1.4 seconds ahead of teammate Valerie Beland. Ontario’s Bronwyn Oatley was third in 59.54.

B.C.’s top racer was Victoria Glowczynski of Sun Peaks, who finished fourth with a time of 1:00.22.

Whistler’s top racers was Jennifer Mah in 24 th , who finished in 1:02.90. Katrina Dekur and Victoria Whitney were 56 th and 57 th out of 78 racers.

Daniel Penn was the top story in the second SG on the following day, which was not a championship race. Penn took advantage of the faster course conditions to lay down a blistering run of 56.33 to claim a gold medal. Antoine Morneau of Quebec was second in 56.99, followed by Nicolas Gosselin of Ontario in 57.21 seconds.

Morgan Pridy was 58 th , Ben Podborski 61 st , and Smith Milner 64 th . Michael Kearney did not finish.

Marie-Michele Gagnon was once again the girl to beat in the SG with the fastest time of the day for both boys and girls. Her time of 56.02 was more than a second faster than Albertan Kelly McBroom’s time of 57.08. Valerie Beland was third again with a time of 57.40.

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