The Whistler Cup was back this April, after a three-year Covid-shut down hiatus, and Team Canada finished off where it did in 2019 by claiming the prestigious Nations Cup title.
Golden, BC, skier Roxy Coatesworth continued her impressively dominant season by winning both the super-G and giant slalom, keeping just ahead of the world’s elite U16 skiers. Earlier this season, Coatesworth claimed a whopping four gold medals at the Canada Winter Games in PEI and was named as Team BC’s flag-bearer for the closing ceremonies.
“Defending champions Team Canada keep the Cup at home!” said Whistler Cup representatives in a statement posted to social media. “Congratulations to all on a tremendous few days of racing.”
The hundreds of dedicated volunteers and dedicated race organizers were pleased with how the event unfolded.
“It didn’t take long for all of us on the organizing committee, coaches, and volunteers to be reminded of just how special this event is,” said Mike Janyk, the Executive Director of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club. “When the parade started, the sun was shining, the kids were running around meeting athletes from other nations and the flags were raised high with excitement. Not only were we able to offer a world class ski race with strong international competition, but the off the hill events, doubles and makes this one of the most cherished experiences in a young ski racer’s career.”
This years event saw the best U16 ski racers from seven countries around the world: Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, USA, Chile and Czech Republic. In addition to the U16 Team Canada title, Team USA claimed the U14 Festival Cup.