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Gagnon claims third straight Canadian combined title

gagnonMarie-Michèle Gagnon collected her
third Canadian super-combined title Sunday (March 27) at the GMC
Canadian Championships at Nakiska, Alberta.

The Quebec skier was dominant,
finishing almost 1.5 seconds ahead of her nearest rival with a
combined time of one minute, 40.52 seconds. It’s the third straight
combined Canadian title. She was fastest in both the super-G
(1:05.18) and the slalom (35.34) on Sunday.

“I’m happy. It’s my thing,”
said Gagnon of the super-combined event. “It’s my third title. I
can’t let it go to anyone!

“It’s fun to have all the girls
from the team here. But as much as you are having fun, you are still
competitive.”

Prospect Group skier Madison Irwin, of
the Craigleith Ski Club in Ontario, was the top junior and finished
second overall with a combined time of 1:41.94.

“Super-G went well – it was a fun
course,” said the 19-year-old from Toronto, Ont. “In slalom, you
could see everyone go down. It was intimidating because there were
some girls ripping it.

“I’m thrilled. I hope to keep
things going down the path they are going. I hope to ski well, ski
hard, ski fast. And I hope that’s good enough for a good result.”

Rounding out the podium was Marie-Pier
Préfontaine with a combined time of 1:42.10.

“This morning I had an OK run in
super-G. I just went for it in the slalom,” said Préfontaine, who
has been battling illness this week. “I’m happy with the podium.”

Whistler’s Britt Janyk was second
fastest in the super-G and had a lot of fun racing the slalom, an
event she hasn’t skied competitively for some time. She even had to
borrow slalom equipment from teammate Eve Routhier.

“I haven’t done much slalom
recently,” said Janyk, who finished fourth overall with a combined
time of 1:42.50. “I’m more nervous at the top of a slalom course
than a downhill. But it was good to run the super-G and get ready for
tomorrow.”

Hugues Ansermoz, head coach of the
ladies’ team, enjoyed the battle between Janyk and Gagnon in the
super-G, and the tough competition in the slalom portion of the race.

“We know we have some really good
slalom skiers,” he said. “Everybody was attacking – it was
pretty impressive.”

Place   Nakiska,
AB
(CAN)
  Discipline   Super Combined
Date   27.03.2011   Category   National Championships
Race codex   5337   Gender   L
Valid for FIS Points   YES   TD Name   Van Slyke Paul (USA)
       
  
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  8  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN   1:05.18  35.34  1:40.52  42.08
 2  10  107044 IRWIN Madison  1991  CAN   1:05.66  36.28  1:41.94  58.04
 3  3  106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier  1988  CAN   1:05.78  36.32  1:42.10  59.84
 4  22  106022 JANYK Britt  1980  CAN   1:05.24  37.26  1:42.50  64.34
 5  11  107156 MCLEISH Madison  1992  CAN   1:06.00  36.87  1:42.87  68.50
 6  12  107312 ROTH Julia  1993  CAN   1:05.81  38.08  1:43.89  79.96
 7  9  106988 STEVENS Victoria  1990  CAN   1:06.34  37.98  1:44.32  84.80
 8  5  107068 PHELAN Brittany  1991  CAN   1:09.03  35.51  1:44.54  87.27
 9  13  106942 IRWIN Stephanie  1990  CAN   1:07.71  36.92  1:44.63  88.28
 10  15  107185 VALLERAND Laurence  1992  CAN   1:07.77  37.58  1:45.35  96.38
 11  14  107027 DAVIES Tess  1991  CAN   1:07.03  38.52  1:45.55  98.62
 12  21  107036 GOAD Emily  1991  CAN   1:08.34  38.22  1:46.56  109.98
 13  35  107415 MOORE Kelly  1994  CAN   1:09.02  37.57  1:46.59  110.32
 14  33  107512 TURNER Andrea  1995  CAN   1:08.13  39.14  1:47.27  117.96
 15  24  107401 HEMPHILL Mary Beth  1994  CAN   1:08.12  39.24  1:47.36  118.97
 16  1  107092 THERER Mariannick  1991  CAN   1:08.28  39.65  1:47.93  125.38
 17  28  107387 CRAWFORD Candace  1994  CAN   1:09.86  38.32  1:48.18  128.19
 18  23  107447 GOULD Stephanie  1994  CAN   1:09.07  39.39  1:48.46  131.34
 18  16  107178 LAMOUREUX Emilie  1992  CAN   1:08.79  39.67  1:48.46  131.34
 20  30  107310 RAMSDEN Jocelyn  1993  CAN   1:08.67  40.06  1:48.73  134.37
 21  46  107440 LEROUX Sofi  1994  CAN   1:08.41  40.53  1:48.94  136.73
 22  29  107441 DARLINGTON Kailee  1994  CAN   1:09.10  39.90  1:49.00  137.41
 23  40  107388 DAVID Sandrine  1994  CAN   1:10.16  39.07  1:49.23  139.99
 24  53  107413 MILES Thea  1994  CAN   1:10.15  39.14  1:49.29  140.67
 25  27  107026 DAKIN Tessa  1991  CAN   1:10.02  40.34  1:50.36  152.70
 26  44  107327 LAMOUREUX Katerine  1993  CAN   1:10.76  39.82  1:50.58  155.17
 27  32  107515 WELLS Alix  1995  CAN   1:09.08  41.72  1:50.80  157.64
 28  43  107352 BERMEL Rebecca  1994  CAN   1:09.85  41.41  1:51.26  162.81
 29  49  107469 FIELD Charley  1995  CAN   1:10.39  41.25  1:51.64  167.09
 30  25  107269 CARROLL Tianda  1993  CAN   1:12.18  39.71  1:51.89  169.90
 31  38  107443 PETIT Alix  1994  CAN   1:10.55  41.45  1:52.00  171.13
 32  51  107425 SMITH Amanda  1994  CAN   1:10.51  41.86  1:52.37  175.29
 33  34  107476 HENKELMAN Megan  1995  CAN   1:12.59  39.90  1:52.49  176.64
 34  42  107435 VERGE Kaitlyn  1994  CAN   1:12.06  41.09  1:53.15  184.06
 35  41  107478 HONSBERGER Jamie  1995  CAN   1:12.82  42.66  1:55.48  210.25
 36  39  107408 LITTLE-DEVITO Kele  1994  CAN   1:14.90  41.69  1:56.59  222.73
 37  56  539988 ABRAMOVICH Abbie  1994  USA   1:14.59  42.54  1:57.13  228.80
 38  54  107322 TRIVANOVIC Una  1993  CAN   1:14.08  43.15  1:57.23  229.93
 39  37  107369 RYTZ Chantal  1994  CAN   1:15.13  42.97  1:58.10  239.71
 40  52  107316 SPEARIN Cassandra  1993  CAN   1:13.05  45.68  1:58.73  246.79
 41  57  6535289 TROYER Camille  1995  USA   1:14.33  45.01  1:59.34  253.65
 42  50  107280 DURWARD Elizabeth  1993  CAN   1:13.55  47.99  2:01.54  278.38
 43  31  107302 LOUIE Michelle  1993  CAN   1:13.91  48.97  2:02.88  293.44
Disqualified 2nd run
   48  107181 MARCIL Stephanie  1992  CAN         
   36  107497 POITRAS Adrienne  1995  CAN         
Did not start 2nd run
   19  107217 KNOWLES Natalie  1992  CAN         
Did not finish 2nd run
   55  107477 HERTZ Zoe  1995  CAN         
   45  107331 TAYLOR Moira  1993  CAN         
   26  107337 PAQUIN-RICARD Claudia  1993  CAN         
   20  107279 DOYON Lou  1993  CAN         
   18  107290 GIBSON Kaitlyn  1993  CAN         
   7  107148 ELLIOT Sarah  1992  CAN         
   6  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin  1990  CAN         
   4  107163 RYTZ Celine  1992  CAN         
   2  107384 CLARKE Devon  1994  CAN         
Did not finish 1st run
   47  107394 DU SAULT Frederique  1994  CAN         
   17  107306 MICHALIK Victoria  1993  CAN       

Hank McKee

Senior Editor

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