Ten skiers from BC are in New Brunswick at the Canada Winter Games competing, representing Team BC in the Alpine events (21 sports) competing for the Provincial title. Each day the skiers will post a story about the day. Below is from Charlotte Whitney (Whistler) and Robbie Dixon (North Vancouver):
“After travelling for close to two days we finaly arrived at the Athletes Village. Things are going great; the place is well set up, with lots of different activities for the hundreds of athletes to enjoy.”
“Today we got up the mountain in the late morning to check out the slope that we'll be racing super-G on tommorrow to find that it is extremely flat-so much so that we had to skate along the flats! The weather is really bad with lots of snow and really high winds. We hope that tommorrow the wind will calm down and the temperatures will drop enough that we can race
(from -42 to about -15). The whole team is pumped and ready to kick some butt tommorrow!”
–Robbie and Charlotte
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Richmond's Ben Chaddock of the Whistler Mountain Ski Club, starting 21st landed in top spot on the men's podium. Chaddock, 18, in his first Canada Games competition was quite happy with his first place finish. ” It was a great day,” said Chaddock on the cell from Mont Restigouche, QC. “The course layout was fairly simple with not many difficult parts.” When asked about his strategy for the day and the flat course, he replied, “I got into my tuck early and stayed there.” Chaddock is intent on building on today's win and is looking ahead to the slalom and giant slalom races later this week.
Also on the men's side, North Vancouver's Marcus Waring (Mount Seymour Ski Club) was fifth, Robbie Dixon, also of North Vancouver and the Whistler Mountain Ski Club was seventh and Dustin Fraser of Quathiaski Cove and the Mount Washington Ski Club was 12th overall.
For the women, Kayla Benbow of Whistler and the Whistler Mountain Ski Club finished in third place behind Ontario's Lauren Lattimer and Alberta's Emily Hamill. “I'm quite excited finishing third today,” said an elated Benbow. “It was a bit windy at the top of the course and it was a bit of a tiny pitch – a glider's course.” Benbow, 19, tried to go as straight as possible and just as her teammate Ben Chaddock, staying in her tuck position from start to finish.
“This was a very unique race because of the wind gusts and the flat terrain,” said Team Manager Gordie Bowles. ” The best skiers had to be precise and soft on their edges. Our team was competitive with the best in the country.”
Wednesday is a turn-around day for the skiers featuring slalom training. Slalom is set for Thursday followed by GS on Friday. Stay tuned for all the news as it arrives.
In the Western Pontiac GMC Cup standings Aaron Civitarese, of Trail BC and Janelle Miller of Lethbridge have captured first spot.
Aaron Civitarese of Trail, B.C., the 2001 Overall Pontiac GMC Cup champion is first in the men's standings going into the Pontiac GMC Canadian Championships with 2450 points. James Finlayson, of Whistler is second with 2125
and Sean Cochrane of Prince George ended up in third position with 1800 points.
On the women's side, Janelle Miller of Lethbridge has a slight lead with 1800 points over Kristen Tarchuk of Banff, Alta., who won both downhills at the Pontiac GMC Cup series in Apex and finished the series with 1720. Shona Rubens of Calgary is in third position with 1500 points.
The Pontiac GMC Cup is a developmental race series for Canada's young skiers who aspire to compete at the World Cup and Olympic level. The
series was revived in 1998 after a successful run from 1969 to 1981 which developed many Canadian skiing stars such as Steve Podborski, Ken Read, Laurie Graham and Kathy Kreiner at home before they conquered European slopes.
Ski resorts in Quebec, Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario hosted four series events with 16 events in Downhill, Super G, Slalom and Giant Slalom, which will culminate with the Pontiac GMC Canadian Championships from March 18-27 featuring nine days of racing and celebration at Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia.
PONTIAC GMC CUP STANDINGS
(Heading into Pontiac GMC Canadian Championships held March 18-27, 2003 in Whistler, BC)
WESTERN STANDINGS – TOP 10
WOMEN: 1. Janelle Miller, Lethbridge, Alta., 1800 points; 2. Kristen Tarchuk, Banff, Alta., 1720; 3. Shona Rubens, Calgary, 1500; 4. Allison
Empey, Calgary, 1420; 5. Charlotte Whitney, Whistler, BC., 1410; 6. Alison Leighton, Whistler, BC., 1289; 7. Alison Hunter, Aurora, Ont., 1100; 8. Megan Kidston, 100 Mile House, BC., 1045; 9. Izzy Lynch, Calgary, 991; 10.Emily Hamill, Calgary, 950.
MEN: 1.Aaron Civitarese, Trail, BC., 2450 points; 2. James Finlayson, Whistler, BC., 2125; 3. Sean Cochrane, Prince George, BC., 1800; 4.
Dustin McLeay, Calgary, 1540; 5. Derek Mortson, Chestermere, Alta., 1350; 6. Michael O'Flynn, Beaumont, Alta., 7. Tyler McNabb, Kelowna,
BC., 1058; 8. Cameron O'Donnell, Calgary, 1050; 9. Terry Greene, Edmonton, 815; 10.Trevor White, Calgary, 800.
EASTERN STANDINGS – TOP 10
WOMEN: 1. Anna Goodman, Pointe Claire, QC, 2160; 2. Sophie Demers-Bedard, Ste Foy,QC, 1745; 3. Andree-Ann Lavoie, Montreal, QC, 1640; 4. Megan Ryley, Toronto, ON, 1515; 5. Aileen Farrell, Ottawa, QC, 1095; 6. Kristyn Hope, Ottawa, ON, 986; 7. Brigitte Acton, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, 900; Gail Kelly, Ste-Anges de Beauce, QC 900; 9. Katelyn Button, Stoffville, ON, 810; 10. Veronique Archambault-Leger,Montreal, 747.
MEN: 1. Louis Florjancic, Scarborough, ON, 1800; 2. Stefan Guay, Mt. Tremblant, QC, 1180; 3. Cameron Culbert, North Bay, ON, 1150; 4. Scott
Barrett, Toronto, ON, 1000; Luke Sauder, Cambridge, ON, 1000; 6. Jonathan Robert, Cumberland, ON, 992; 7. Louis-Pierre Helie,
Berthierville, QC., 975; 8. Ryan Perlis, Willowdale, ON, 971; 9. Alex Mach, Ottawa, ON, 885; 10. Philippe-Louis Therrien, Hawkesbury, QC, 799;
Coupe Pontiac GMC Cup