BC athletes had a strong showing in the season opener of the Western Ski Cross Series In Edmonton. Sunridge Alpine Ski Team took full advantage of their minimal vertical drop and designed a sprint track that was technical and provided for very exciting racing.
This race also provided a unique opportunity in having the Nor-Am Ski Cross athletes competing on the same track on the same weekend. The western athletes got to train alongside the Canadian Development Team and watch the action as North Americas up and coming ski cross stars went head to head in some very aggressive final heats. The knowledge, enthusiasm and excitement passed on from the NorAm athletes made this race a very inspiring event.
BC athletes wrapped up the weekend with some outstanding results.
Fernie Alpine Ski Team(FAST) athletes Josh Beaman and Kaleb Barnum were a force to be reckoned with in a very competitive U14 field. Josh’s starts were consistently quick which lead to him finishing the weekend with two silver medals. Kaleb’s fearless approach to passing on such a short and tight track earned him a bronze medal and a 4th place ribbon.
FAST athlete Abigail King battled back from a devastating crash in the U14 big finals Saturday to take home silver on Sunday.
Other notable results came from FAST U14 athletes Sydney Jacques and Ewan Carter. Sydney fought off stiff competition to win the small Finals on Sunday earning her a 5th place result. Ewan persevered through tough luck in lane draws to take 6th in the small final on Sunday.
The Western Ski Cross Series next stop is at Tabor Mountain on Jan 21/22.
Words and photos by Ben Cohen – thanks Ben!!