It Was No Fluke, Pridy Does it Again in Super G - Benbow is Comeback Kid - BC Alpine Ski Association

Five solid days of sunshine graced the hills of Apex Mountain Resort to the delight of athletes, coaches, volunteers and race organizers. To quote Arnie Erickson, Race Chair for the event: “What can I say? We’ve had outstanding racing here this week and the conditions were perfect again today.” A record number of athletes – 170 in all – tackled the slick Gunbarrell super G track Friday. According to Erickson, the ratio of 85 boys to 85 girls is remarkable. “It was not that long ago that we were lucky to have 20 or 30 girls in the race. This is a good trend!”

Morgan Pridy (BC Ski Team/Whistler Mountain Ski Club) blew away any suggestion that Thursday’s win was a stroke of luck. Friday’s race was his by more than a second! Pridy completed his run in one minute, 15.73 seconds, followed by American Anton Hilts who took second place with a time of 1:16.80. Third spot belonged to Andy Trow of Alberta who came down in 1:16.97.

“I am pretty amped-up right now,” Pridy revealed. “The course was almost the same as yesterday’s, so it felt like a “second run” and gave me a chance to fix up a few mistakes I made yesterday. I knew that anyone on my team could win today and I saw that some of them didn’t finish so I thought my chances were good for another medal.” The men’s team will take a short break then head to Whistler for the Canadian Championships early in February. As a result of his success this week, Pridy is looking forward to “better start numbers at nationals which should improve my chances in the softer Whistler conditions.”

Men Top-15 – 2nd Super G

1 (6) PRIDY Morgan [CAN] – J2 1:15.73

2 (19) HILTS Anton [USA] – J2 1:16.80

3 (2) TROW Andy [CAN] – J1 1:16.97

4 (13) THOMSEN Benjamin [CAN] – SR 1:17.02

5 (14) CANART Cory [CAN] – J2 1:17.44

6 (21) OWSLEY David [USA] – J1 1:17.60

7 (8) LEDUC Mathieu [CAN] – J2 1:17.63

8 (18) WINTER Sven [CAN] – J2 1:17.86

9 (4) WERRY Tyler [CAN] – J1 1:18.37

10 (3) WEAVER Skyler [USA] – J2 1:18.39

11 (25) KOEPKE Curtis [CAN] – J1 1:18.82

12 (15) KENT Sammy [CAN] – J2 1:18.94

13 (17) MACLEAN Benjamin [CAN] – J2 1:18.96

14 (31) NOGES Carl [USA] – J1 1:18.98

15 (32) JAMIESON Jaden [CAN] – J1 1:19.04

Wiktoria Glowczynski (BC Ski Team/Sun Peaks Alpine), who was second in Thursday’s race, took another turn on the podium Friday, finishing third overall in the women’s competition. Glowczynski clocked in at 1:19.47 behind second place finisher Jessica Young (1:18.96) and race winner Brooke Wales (1:18.37).

“I’m pretty satisfied with how things are shaping up for me in speed right now,” said Glowczynski. “This is really the first speed event since my knee injury a couple of years ago where I expected to be competitive. I walked into this series with a fresh outlook – no baggage from the past. I’m confident in my ability and happy that the results are coming.”

Welcome back Brynne Benbow! After a lengthy break due to injury, Benbow came back with a vengeance in today’s race, starting 72nd and finishing 10th overall. Way to go Brynne!

Women Top-15 – 2nd Super G

1 (4) WALES, Brooke USA 1990 1:18.37

2 (13) YOUNG, Jessica CAN 1989 1:18.96

3 (7) GLOWCZYNSKI, Wictoria CAN 1989 1:19.47

4 (14) DRECHSEL, Lexie USA 1989 1:20.22

5 (3) DAVIES, Tess CAN 1991 1:21.09

6 (37) SLOAN, Rachel CAN 1991 1:21.63

7 (16) LAROCK, Allison USA 1991 1:22.30

8 (8) EVES, Nicola NZE 1988 1:22.40

9 (12) MCGLINN, Alexandra NZE 1992 1:22.50

10 (72) BENBOW, Brynne CAN 1991 1:22.96

11 (65) SAUNDERS, Jennifer CAN 1992 1:23.02

12 (62) MEYER, Jennifer CAN 1992 1:23.27

13 (76) WECKWORTH, Samantha CAN 1991 1:23.85

14 (9) NEWBOLD, Charlotte NZE 1991 1:24.19

15 (29) BRYANT, Chandler USA 1992 1:24.28

An event of this magnitude and caliber would not be possible without the support of literally hundreds of coaches, volunteers and parents. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the 2008 Apex BC Cup Speed Series. Congratulations to ALL the athletes – see you next year!

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