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Whistler skiers on top at K2 Can Am Westerns

Fleckenstein, Alexander win super G titles



The Whistler Mountain Ski Club K2's (age 13 and 14) headed to Big White this past weekend to contend for titles at the Can Am Westerns. Top clubs from across B.C. and Alberta participated, vying for the opportunity to represent their provinces at the upcoming K2 nationals.

In the women's giant slalom race last Wednesday, March 21, Stefanie Fleckenstein placed second, just five one-hundredths of a second back of Haley McKercher of Sunshine Village. Amelia Smart of Panorama was third.

Squamish's Mikayla Martin was fourth and Esme McTabish 14th out of 85 starters.

The slalom race the next day was almost an exact replay for the Whistler skiers. Stefanie Fleckenstein from the WMSC placed second overall, between Courtney Hoffos of Windermere and Meg Cumming of Apex. Mikayla Martin was fourth and Esme McTavish 15th.

In the men's slalom the win went to Sam Mulligan from Grouse, followed by Whistler's Riley Seger by 0.08 seconds and James Crawford. In the top 15 were Alex Gershon in sixth, Max Peiffer in eighth and Jeffrey Cadman in 10th. Close to 100 racers were in the category.

In the giant slalom, Riley Seger moved into first by close to six-tenths of a second, followed by Oliver Thompson of Alberta and teammate James Crawford. Cameron Alexander was sixth, Carson Llewellyn 13th and Alex Gershon 14th.

In the women's super G, Stefanie Fleckenstein was the fastest by half a second, followed by teammate Mikayla Martin. Alexandra Burk of Lake Louise was third. Esme McTavish placed seventh.

Cameron Alexander won the men's super G, going from a DNF to sixth to first in three races. Oliver Thompson from Alberta was second and James Crawford third. Riley Seger just missed the podium in fourth, while Max Peiffer tied for sixth, Alex Gershon was 11th and Cooper Yates 12th.

Next up for skiers is the annual Whistler Cup international juvenile ski race competition, which takes place April 6 to 8. Over 25 nations are expected to take part this year, bringing kids aged 11 to 14.