Cochrane Wins Apex DH - BC Alpine Ski Association

Kristen Tarchuk of Banff, Alta., completed a golden sweep of the women's downhills on Wednesday while Sean Cochrane of Prince George,
B.C., won the men's race at the fourth stop on the Pontiac GMC Cup alpine skiing circuit.

Cochrane, second on Tuesday, clocked 1:17.62. James Finlayson of Whistler was second in 1:18.52 and Michael O'Flynn of Beaumont, Alta., Tuesday's winner, was third in 1:18.59.

Cochrane, 22, quit the sport at age 15 then returned at 19. Because he is older he is pretty much spending the season on his own trying to get on the national team.

“It's tough to be on the road by myself,” said Cochrane, who needed to repair his skis last night after hitting an edge in his run. “But I don't set my standards low and I try to win every race. I've always had the talent but now I'm more driven.”

Finlayson, back on the slopes after a two-year hiatus, was pleased with his run.

“I made a mistake right out of the start but overall it was better today,” he said.

In the women's downhill, Tarchuk continued to display fine form, despite not racing downhills most of the winter due to a pre-season concussion, clocking 1:23.11. Charlotte Whitney of Whistler, B.C., was second again to Tarchuk
clocking 1:23.41. Kayla Benbow of Whistler was third in 1:23.77.

“I had an awesome race,” said Tarchuk, 16, who was off her skis for a month this fall after crashing in a training run at Nakiska, Alta. “I skied a lot better today in the technical sections of the course.”

Whitney once again had trouble at the bottom of the course.

“I never got as much speed as I wanted at the top of the course,” said Whitney. “I was tossed around at the bottom which caused me to lose time. I have to carry my speed better on the flats.”

The Pontiac GMC Cup Series is a developmental series for Canada's young skiers who aspire to compete at the World Cup and Olympic level. Top
athletes from this series earn the right to attend the Pontiac GMC Canadian Championships from March 18 – 27, 2003 featuring nine days of racing and celebration at Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia. The circuit's overall champions win $5,000.

Competition continues Thursday with a men's and women's super G.

Wednesday's downhill results at the Pontiac GMC Cup alpine skiing race

Men: 1. Sean Cochrane, Prince George, 1:17.62; 2. James Finlayson, Whistler, 1:18.52;
3. Michael O'Flynn, Beaumont, 1:18.59
4. Aaron Civitarese, Trail, 1:18.68,
5.Derek Mortson, Chestermere, Alta., 1:18.86;
6. Marcus Waring, Vancouver, 1:19.29;
7. Paul Rokosh, Kimberley, 1:19.90;
8. Dustin McCleay, 1:20.07;
9. Nicolas Sinclair, Nan 1:20.89;
10.Daniel Berry, Calgary, 1:21.06.

Women: 1. Kristen Tarchuk, Banff, Alta., 1:23.11;
2. Charlotte Whitney, Whistler,BC., 1:23.41;
3. Kayla Benbow, Whistler, BC., 1:23.77;
4. Allison Empy, Calgary, 1:23.81;
5. Janelle Miller, Lethbridge, Alta., 1:24.54; 6. Alison Leighton, Whistler, BC., 1:24.56;
7. Kendal Benbow, Whistler, 1:24.90;
8. Victoria Hockley, Calgary, 1:25.11;
9. Taryn O'Flynn, Beaumont, Alta., 1:25.17;
10. Kristi Serwa, Kelowna, BC., 1:25.90.