WHISTLER, B.C. (March 16, 2011) – Erin Mielzynski won her second consecutive Nor-Am Cup slalom in as many days on Wednesday in snowy and foggy conditions in Whistler, B.C. Mielzynski, of Collingwood, Ont., led following the first run after clocking a time of 51.16 seconds. Her two-run combined time of one minute, 44.68 seconds was more than one and a half seconds faster than her nearest challenger.

Mielzynski has mainly been racing in FIS World Cup events this season. Her career-best result was a 13th place finish in slalom in Arber-Zwiesel, Germany.

“World Cups are a little different because it’s a huge boost of adrenaline with the big crowds, music and cameras,” added Mielzynski. “But I think that at whatever level you are at, it is difficult in different ways, either winning Nor-Am races or getting one step closer to World Cup.

“I knew I could win again today, but I just tried to do what I needed to do and ski like I could. The added pressure makes it more difficult, but I think everyone here is just trying to put that aside until they get to the bottom.”

It was a heartbreaking day for Elli Terwiel, of Sun Peaks, B.C., who narrowly missed out on finishing in the top two in the overall standings for the second consecutive year. The top two in each discipline earn a place on their nation’s World Cup team for the 2011-12 season.

Terwiel, 22, was second in the overall Coupe Nor-Am Cup slalom rankings after finishing second on Tuesday but she straddled a gate during her second run Wednesday. Final points totals were not immediately available but according to unofficial results, Terwiel finished outside the top two.

“I was going for it but I straddled,” said Terwiel. “The hard part about ski racing is that it often comes down to one run. It’s the second year in a row that I’m close to getting a World Cup spot. It’s very disappointing.”

BC Ski Team racer Sarah Elliot (Big White Racers) secured a respectable 10th place finish in 1:48.87.

On the men’s side, Jeffrey Frisch, of Mont-Tremblant, Que.was the top Canadian, finishing fourth in the men’s giant slalom, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:59.09. It’s Frisch’s best result in a Coupe Nor-Am Cup race this season.

“I came back from a torn ACL last year and I just started skiing in September,” said Frisch. “Then just after the Alta Badia World Cup I injured myself again and couldn’t ski for six weeks. I’ve just been back for a little while. I think I’m doing fine and I’m pretty happy with these results since I’ve had no training. It’s not there every run and it’s not perfectly consistent yet, but some of my turns are right back to the way they were before the injuries.

“The slope was holding up well today;" said Frisch. "It’s crazy how much they’re working on this course in order to make it happen. I’m actually pretty surprised and I want to thank all the people who have come to help out.”

From BC, it was Conrad Pridy (Whistler Mountain Ski Club/BC Ski Team) who led the pack, finishing 14th after two runs.

The ladies will race a giant slalom event Thursday and the men will be racing slalom.

NOR-AM CUP FINALS
Slalom, Ladies – Whistler, B.C. (
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS)
Mar. 16, 2011
 1  1 MIELZYNSKI Erin  1990  CAN   51.16  51.90  1:43.06
 2  21 IRWIN Madison  1991  CAN   52.10  52.58  1:44.68
 3  6 STIEGLER Resi  1985  USA   51.19  53.77  1:44.96

 4  7 SHIFFRIN Mikaela  1995  USA   52.30  53.01  1:45.31
 5  22 KISTLER Lizzie  1992  USA   53.13  53.09  1:46.22
 6  4 STAPLES Kiley  1989  USA   52.89  53.81  1:46.70
 7  16 STEVENS Victoria  1990  CAN   53.43  53.74  1:47.17
 8  14 RYLEY Kate  1989  CAN   55.48  52.73  1:48.21
 9  10 FORD Julia  1990  USA   54.48  54.29  1:48.77
 10  35 ELLIOT Sarah  1992  CAN   55.36  53.51  1:48.87

BC Results:
 10  35 ELLIOT Sarah  1992  CAN   55.36  53.51  1:48.87
 19  53 FREEMAN Sarah  1992  CAN   57.57  52.35  1:49.92
 23  67 YOUNG Mackensey  1992  CAN   57.64  54.44  1:52.08
 30  70 SWETTE Rae  1995  CAN   58.20  57.13  1:55.33 (THIRD JUNIOR)
 39  72 FIELD Charley  1995  CAN   1:00.36  58.72  1:59.08
Disqualified 1st run
 63 RAMSDEN Jocelyn  1993  CAN 
Did not start 1st run
 68 DARLINGTON Kailee  1994  CAN 
Did not finish 2nd run
 5 TERWIEL Elli  1989  CAN 
Did not finish 1st run
 52 RYTZ Celine  1992  CAN  
  

Giant Slalom, Men – Whistler, B.C. (UNOFFICIAL RESULTS)
Mar. 16, 2011
 1  2 GREGORAK Will  1990  USA   59.26  58.61  1:57.87
 2  9 JITLOFF Tim  1985  USA   59.74  58.17  1:57.91
 3  1 BIESEMEYER Thomas  1989  USA   1:00.49  58.56  1:59.05

 4  19 FRISCH Jeffrey  1984  CAN   1:00.44  58.65  1:59.09
 5  5 GRANSTROM Colby  1990  USA   1:00.91  58.34  1:59.25
 6  4 TARBERRY Ace  1988  USA   1:00.44  58.85  1:59.29
 7  7 FORD Tommy  1989  USA   1:00.48  59.19  1:59.67
 8  48 PHILP Trevor  1992  CAN   1:00.93  59.45  2:00.38
 9  24 FINK-DEBRAY Miles  1988  USA   1:00.60  1:00.05  2:00.65
 10  16 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan  1992  USA   1:01.63  59.21  2:00.84

BC Results:
 14  60 PRIDY Conrad  1988  CAN   1:00.96  1:00.32  2:01.28
 28  53 ZAITSOFF Sasha  1990  CAN   1:01.59  1:00.57  2:02.16
 30  58 PRIDY Morgan  1990  CAN   1:01.23  1:00.95  2:02.18
 40  57 SWETTE Ford  1993  CAN   1:02.03  1:01.09  2:03.12
Did not start 1st run
 61 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN 
Did not qualify 1st run
 95 MOES Sebastian  1991  SWE 
 78 WERRY Tyler  1991  CAN 

COMPLETE OFFICIAL RESULTS