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Whistler skiers in action at Copper Mountain



The Canadian Alpine Ski Team warmed up for the upcoming events at Lake Louise Winterstart by competing at Copper Mountain in Colorado last week, taking part in a series of FIS races that included a giant slalom, super G and downhill.

In the opening giant slalom the top Canadian was Tyler Werry in sixth place, followed by Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) alumni Ford Swette in seventh place. Morgan Pridy also made two runs of the course to place 21st overall. In the second race, Morgan Pridy was the only Canadian to finish both runs, placing seventh overall.

In the opening women's super G, Marie-Pier Prefontaine was the top Canadian in 14th place, moving up to 12th in the second run of the course.

In the men's downhill, Benjamin Thomsen of the national team managed a seventh place result, while Robbie Dixon was 12th (before his injury). Brothers Conrad and Morgan Pridy also cracked the top 30 in 25th and 28th respectively.

From Whistler, Broderick Thompson with the provincial and national development team, placed 45th, while Brodie Seger was 50th.

In the second downhill event, where Dixon was injured, Benjamin Thomsen moved back to 15th, while Jeffrey Frisch jumped 15 spots to 16th overall. Dustin Cook was 18th for Canada, and Morgan and Conrad Pridy were 23rd and 25th respectively. Tyler Werry also cracked the top 30 in 30th. Brodie Seger was 40th, while Manuel Osborne-Paradis was disqualified.

In the women's giant slalom, Marie-Pier Prefontaine was second overall for Canada, while Larisa Yurkiw placed eighth.

In the first men's super G, the top Canadian was Jeffrey Frisch in 18th, with Dustin Cook placing 20th, Benjamin Thomsen 25th and Morgan Pridy 29th. Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who is making his comeback after missing all of last season with an injury, was 33rd on the day, while Conrad Pridy placed 38th, John Kucera was 43rd, Brodie Seger 53rd and Ford Swette 56th.

In the second super G, Jeffrey Frisch was ninth, Conrad Pridy 28th, Ford Swette 39th, Broderick Thompson 42nd, Brodie Seger 45th and Morgan Pridy 57th.

The FIS races were only a warm-up event for the team, a chance to try new equipment and get a feel for racing before the speed season gets underway with Lake Louise Winterstart. The men compete this weekend, Nov. 24-25, and the women race Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.

Alpine Canada released the national team roster for Winterstart, nine men and three women.

The men's team includes world downhill champion Erik Guay, Jan Hudec, Benjamin Thomsen, John Kucera (the world champion from 2009) and Whistler's Manuel Osborne Paradis. Other skiers in the mix include Whistler skiers Conrad and Morgan Pridy and Quebec's Dustin Cook.

On the women's side, the team is to be led by Marie-Michele Gagnon, who competes in all four disciplines and has been the team's most consistent racer the past few seasons. Other skiers include Marie-Pier Prefontaine and Larisa Yurkiw, who is still on the comeback trail after a knee injury.

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