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Whistler Mountain Ski Club's Seger hits top 30 in Sweden

High winds, heavy snowfall affects slopestylers in Utah

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In his second race after earning his first-ever Audi FIS World Cup points, Brodie Seger once again hit the top 30 at the FIS World Ski Championships at Åre, Sweden.

The 23-year-old Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) alumnus took a 27th-place finish in the super-G on Feb. 6, ending up 1.85 seconds back of champion Dominik Paris of Italy. France's Johan Clarey and Austria's Vincent Kriechmayr rounded out the podium tied for second, 0.09 seconds back. The race was Seger's World Championships debut.

"I'm a tiny bit disappointed with my performance, just because I felt like I held back. When you are chasing the fastest guys in the world, you can't afford to hold back at all," Seger said in a release. "I think I could've gone a little faster than I did today, but having said that, I feel a lot better now that I had my first run down this hill. I feel a little more comfortable with this terrain."

Ben Thomsen was the top Canadian in 17th while Seger's fellow WMSC alumnus James Crawford placed 36th.

In unfortunate Alpine Canada Alpin news, Valerie Grenier fractured her right tibia, fibula and ankle after a crash during downhill training on Feb. 6 to end her season.

Weather hampers slopestyle worlds

Slopestyle stars were presented with challenging conditions at the FIS World Ski Championships at Park City, Utah, on Feb. 6.

With high winds and heavy snowfall, Canadian Alex Beaulieu-Marchand opted to sit out the event while Evan McEachran was sidelined by injury.

"I decided not to take the start because of the weather, as a precaution," Beaulieu-Marchand said in a release. "Slopestyle is already a risky discipline when conditions are perfect. Today, and even over the past few days, conditions were making it hard to work up enough speed to do our manoeuvres."

Whistler resident Teal Harle and Philippe Langevin gave the competition a try, but couldn't generate enough speed to attempt their tricks and did not advance to the final.

Great Britain's James Woods went home with the gold, edging out Norway's Birk Ruud and American Nick Goepper.

The women's event, with was slated to feature Whistler's Yuki Tsubota and fellow British Columbian Elena Gaskell, was initially postponed and later cancelled.

Full results are online at www.fis-ski.com.

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