The 2013 U18 Canadian Championships got underway Saturday with men's and ladies' slalom competitions at Osler Bluff, Ontario. It was a stellar day for the BC contingent, landing five top-15 results from the men and four top-15 from the girls.  Leading the day was BC Ski Team member Martin Grasic from the Windermere Valley Ski Club, whose lightning fast first run secured him the fastest combined time of one minute, 44.41 seconds for the gold medal. Teammate Brodie Seger of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club, who won two Ontario FIS slalom races this week, had the fastest 2nd run, but settled for 4th place just 0.01 of a second off the podium in 1:44.75. In the women's race it was BC Team's Stephanie Gartner of the Fernie Alpine Ski Team who found the podium again, finishing third in 1:50.01.


 
FLASH QUOTES:

Martin Grasic (Windermere Valley Ski Club) – “Today was awesome. I was really happy with my first run, but the race was still extremely tight so I was pretty nervous going into second run. Luckily I managed to hold on. Seeing that ‘1’ on the timing board when I came down was just the greatest feeling. I knew that I had the ability to win, but you can never be sure in skiing what's going to happen.”

Stephanie Gartner (Fernie Alpine Ski Team) – "We're having great fun here at the U18 national championships! I'm happy with my 3rd place result, but ready to keep hunting down the podium these next few days!"

Brodie Seger (Whistler Mountain Ski Club) – "Today was a bit of an odd day with some ups and downs.  I felt a bit sluggish in the morning and first run didn't exactly go as planned.  The second run was a bit wild and rough, but I guess that's sometimes a good sign because I ended up winning the run (by a hair).  In the end I repeated my exact results from last year's U18 national slalom, but it was great to have a teammate representing BC on the top of the podium."

Blake Ramsden (Whistler Mountain Ski Club) – "Today was a pretty good day. It was awesome to have BC pick up its third win in a row out here in Ontario. However, some mistakes and conservative skiing kept me from the podium today. We're gonna come out blazing tomorrow, and make it six wins in six races for BC."

 Patrick Carry (Fernie Alpine Ski Team) – "I wasn't very happy with my day, not finishing on the first run. I am really inspired by what my teammates are doing and I hope to channel that positive energy into my skiing and have a better day tomorrow."

 

U18 Canadian Championships Feb 23/13 MEN'S SLALOM, Osler Bluff, Ontario
Rank Bib Name Year Run 1 Run 2 Total Time
 1  11 GRASIC Martin (BCST-Windermere Valley Ski Team) 1995   52.04  52.37  1:44.41
 2  7 ROBIN MERCIER William  1995   52.22  52.36  1:44.58
 3  2 MONOD Mathew  1995   52.43  52.31  1:44.74
 4  9 SEGER Brodie (BCST-Whistler Mountain Ski Club) 1995   52.49  52.26  1:44.75
 5  1 MCCONVILLE Will  1995   52.30  52.56  1:44.86
 6  6 LAFONTAINE Gabriel  1995   52.88  52.28  1:45.16
 7  20 QUENNEVILLE Raphael  1996   53.57  52.34  1:45.91
 8  22 RAMSDEN Blake (BCST-Whistler Mountain Ski Club) 1995   53.07  52.97  1:46.04
 9  14 TRUSLER Thomas  1995   53.40  52.66  1:46.06
 10  13 QUEZEL Lambert  1996   53.54  52.59  1:46.13
 11  8 LLEWELLYN Austin (Whistler Mountain Ski Club) 1995   54.26  52.89  1:47.15
 12  27 ST. HILAIRE Xavier  1995   54.24  53.45  1:47.69
 13  16 KOFMAN Gregory  1996   54.63  53.17  1:47.80
 14  26 YOUNG Joseph  1996   55.14  53.02  1:48.16
 14  18 RENZONI Charlie (Whistler Mountain Ski Club) 1995   54.87  53.29  1:48.16
    Other BC skiers:        
 20  73 CALLAGHAN Connor  1996   55.28  53.68  1:48.96
 21  37 YATES Kyle  1995   54.93  54.20  1:49.13
 24  41 FINLEY Stuart  1996   55.59  53.79  1:49.38
 28  31 LEROUX Marc  1996   55.91  54.86  1:50.77
 35  57 PEHOTA Dalton  1996   56.80  55.35  1:52.15
 37  74 PAWLOWSKI Mark  1996   56.85  55.88  1:52.73
 40  69 BRUMEC-PARSONS Julian  1995   57.22  56.20  1:53.42
 43  65 MANNING Max  1996   59.10  1:01.26  2:00.36
 44  42 KIRSHENBLATT Samuel  1996   1:06.58  55.34  2:01.92
 46  72 DANCO Tomash  1996   1:10.24  58.46  2:08.70
Disqualified 1st run
   17 CARRY Patrick  1995       
Did not finish 2nd run
   53 KEAY Levi  1996       
Did not finish 1st run
   51 SMITH Cole  1995       

 

U18 Canadian Championships Feb 23/13 LADIES' SLALOM, Osler Bluff, Ontario
Rank Bib Name Year Run 1 Run 2 Total Time
 1  5 BARTLETT Caroline  1995   54.00  55.13  1:49.13
 2  3 FRIGON Genevieve  1996   54.42  55.32  1:49.74
 3  2 GARTNER Stephanie (BCST-Fernie Alpine Ski Team) 1996   54.41  55.60  1:50.01
 4  1 WOODHOUSE Emma  1996   53.87  56.51  1:50.38
 5  9 CURRIE MEG  1995   55.00  55.97  1:50.97
 6  14 KING Emma (BCST-Whistler Mountain Ski Club) 1995   55.24  55.99  1:51.23
 7  18 TURNER Andrea  1995   55.35  55.94  1:51.29
 8  21 GRAVEL Romy  1996   55.16  56.26  1:51.42
 9  19 RAYMOND Charlotte  1996   55.63  55.98  1:51.61
 10  30 MACLACHLAN Hallie (BCST-Fernie Alpine Ski Team) 1995   55.26  56.54  1:51.80
 11  10 REMME Roni  1996   58.59  53.67  1:52.26
 12  17 RAUHALA Silken (Big White Racers) 1995   55.79  56.63  1:52.42
 13  8 KOPRUCKI Elizabeth  1995   56.10  56.50  1:52.60
 14  12 VINETTE Justine  1996   55.48  57.31  1:52.79
 15  15 TREMBLAY Emilie  1995   55.12  57.70  1:52.82
    Other BC skiers:        
 21  33 VANDER VEEN Rachel  1996   57.51  57.85  1:55.36
 22  26 STEEVES Kelly  1996   57.71  58.53  1:56.24
 23  20 SWETTE Rae  1995   58.46  58.26  1:56.72
 38  51 KWONG Alysia  1995   1:02.94  1:02.33  2:05.27