Gagnon, Frisch win SG titles, VanderBeek says good-bye


Marie-Michèle Gagnon and Jeffrey Frisch claimed national super-G titles at the Sport Chek Alpine Canadian Championships in Whistler, B.C., on Monday (March 25).

“Today was a good day for me,” said Gagnon, “I’m happy I skied well. Generally I let the skis run and I had a good approach to it. I’m happy to be Canadian champion – that’s pretty awesome.”

In the men’s race, Frisch, of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was the first man out of the gate and his time of 1:10.36 stood up as the snow began to soften up in the sunshine for the later bib numbers.

“It’s amazing – I’m so happy. I was pumped for this today,” said Frisch, who has been racing on his own and is hoping to get back on the national team. “I’m super happy about this run – it was pretty solid. There were two little safe moves in the run where I could have pushed a little more but I’m happy. This is awesome.

“Thanks to all my sponsors and supporters. Without you guys I wouldn’t have been able to do this. It’s a little emotional but I’m very happy.”

Gagnon dedicated her win to the retired Kelly VanderBeek who garnered the biggest cheers of the day while making a ceremonial lap down the Whistler course.

“She was a great inspiration for me. I remember watching her in the Torino (Olympics). I was like, ‘One day I want to be in the Olympics and do as well as her’.”

Racers, coaches, staff and family members gathered in the finish area to greet VanderBeek. She was given a rousing reception as she skied towards her teammates, who played toy musical horns and other instruments, covered her with streamers and awarded her with her vey own plastic ‘Speed Queen’ tiara.

VanderBeek officially retired from ski racing earlier this year following a 12-year career. She made a courageous comeback from a knee injury suffered in 2009 but in January announced she was hanging up her race skis for good.

“Now I’m officially retired,” VanderBeek said. “I never got to say goodbye to the girls and my teammates.  I’m so lucky to be around my family, around coaches I’ve worked with my whole life, people from the association. It was really incredible. Thank you to everybody for the whole journey. It was an awesome ride.”

For the second successive day, Julia Roth, of Waterloo, Ont., found herself on the podium as the top junior in the field

“It was pretty good up top. It was really clean. Down here I got a little bit late but I think everyone did that; it was pretty technical,” said Roth, a member of the Ontario Ski Team. “I’m excited to be up with the national team girls. That’s where I need to be for next year.”

Sixteen-year-old Quebec Ski Team member Valérie Grenier produced another good run to take fourth for the second straight day with a time of 1:14.92.

Other finishers in the men’s race included B.C. Ski Team racer Tyler Werry who found speed from bib No. 13 to jump into second place with a time of 1:10.87.

“The snow is soft but it still has a lot of grip to it so I knew I just had to stay in the groove and I really had to charge today,” said Werry, who grew up skiing in Fernie, B.C., and is hoping to do big things in Tuesday’s giant slalom race. “I’m really happy.”

Manuel Osborne-Paradis has been the man to beat all week but he lost time up top and wasn’t able to close the gap lower down.

“There was a groove I couldn’t stay in but all in all it was fine,” said Osborne-Paradis, who clocked a time of 1:10.95. “I was happy with the way I skied. It was hard to push the limit as much with the softer snow. A podium’s a podium. The guys get points – it’s good that they get points today.”

The top junior Monday was Quebec Ski Team racer William St-Germain in fifth with a time of 1:11.28. Canadian Alpine Ski Team member Dustin Cook was fourth.

Alpine Canada photo

Whistler, BC (CAN)
National Championships
Ladies’ Super G
March 25, 2013

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  8  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN   1:12.97  14.75
 2  10  106849 YURKIW Larisa  1988  CAN   1:13.14  17.20
 3  11  107312 ROTH Julia  1993  CAN   1:14.28  33.60
 4  14  107613 GRENIER Valerie  1996  CAN   1:14.92  42.81
 5  12  107148 ELLIOT Sarah  1992  CAN   1:15.22  47.13
 6  7  107532 TOMMY Mikaela  1995  CAN   1:15.39  49.57
 7  3  107337 PAQUIN-RICARD Claudia  1993  CAN   1:15.62  52.88
 8  15  107469 FIELD Charley  1995  CAN   1:15.67  53.60
 9  13  107192 FREEMAN Sarah  1992  CAN   1:15.68  53.75
 10  16  107482 KING Emma  1995  CAN   1:16.12  60.08
 11  27  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin  1990  CAN   1:16.20  61.23
 12  19  107603 VANDER VEEN Rachel  1996  CAN   1:16.27  62.24
 13  6  107415 MOORE Kelly  1994  CAN   1:16.36  63.53
 14  5  107486 MACLACHLAN Hallie  1995  CAN   1:16.74  69.00
 15  2  107387 CRAWFORD Candace  1994  CAN   1:16.87  70.87
 16  17  107497 POITRAS Adrienne  1995  CAN   1:17.04  73.32
 17  21  107432 THACKRAY Logan  1994  CAN   1:17.84  84.83
 18  4  107163 RYTZ Celine  1992  CAN   1:18.62  96.05
 19  29  107427 ST-GERMAIN Laurence  1994  CAN   1:18.75  97.92
 20  22  107570 STEEVES Kelly  1996  CAN   1:18.77  98.21
 21  26  107489 MCINTYRE Jenna  1995  CAN   1:19.21  104.54
 21  1  107562 GARTNER Stephanie  1996  CAN   1:19.21  104.54
 23  25  6535460 KEPL Elizabeth  1996  USA   1:20.53  123.53
 24  28  107440 LEROUX Sofi  1994  CAN   1:20.72  126.27
 25  24  107500 RAUHALA Silken  1995  CAN   1:20.91  129.00
 26  23  107356 BUTLER Kali  1994  CAN   1:22.39  150.30
Did not finish 1st run
   20  107307 PANKRATZ Alexandria  1993  CAN     
   18  107512 TURNER Andrea  1995  CAN     
   9  106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier  1988  CAN     

National Champion
ships

Men’s Super G

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  1  103512 FRISCH Jeffrey  1984  CAN   1:10.36  8.00
 2  13  103762 WERRY Tyler  1991  CAN   1:10.87  15.61
 3  8  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel  1984  CAN   1:10.95  16.80
 4  3  100558 COOK Dustin  1989  CAN   1:11.18  20.24
 5  12  103857 ST-GERMAIN Wiliam  1992  CAN   1:11.28  21.73
 6  5  103729 READ Erik  1991  CAN   1:11.31  22.18
 7  27  421797 THEODORSEN Espen  1988  NOR   1:11.52  25.31
 8  22  104023 STEINKE Chris  1993  CAN   1:11.53  25.46
 8  15  103865 PHILP Trevor  1992  CAN   1:11.53  25.46
 10  6  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   1:11.57  26.06
 11  19  103942 BELL Jeffrey  1993  CAN   1:11.80  29.49
 12  9  103385 PRIDY Conrad  1988  CAN   1:11.81  29.64
 13  7  103676 BROWN Philip  1991  CAN   1:11.96  31.88
 14  10  104015 SCHUESSLER BEDARD William  1993  CAN   1:11.99  32.32
 15  17  104096 THOMPSON Broderick  1994  CAN   1:12.00  32.47
 16  11  103984 LAJOIE Vincent  1993  CAN   1:12.15  34.71
 17  29  103997 MEGARRY Morgan  1993  CAN   1:12.28  36.65
 18  23  103891 KELLOCK Jonathan  1992  CAN   1:12.70  42.92
 19  20  104156 NACIUK Anthony  1994  CAN   1:12.75  43.67
 20  25  104272 SEGER Brodie  1995  CAN   1:12.94  46.50
 21  21  103901 SUTTON Brandon  1992  CAN   1:13.14  49.49
 22  18  103994 MCKILLOP Curtis  1993  CAN   1:13.21  50.53
 23  14  103751 TOUTANT Simon-Claude  1991  CAN   1:13.36  52.77
 24  28  104044 READ Kevyn  1993  CAN   1:13.59  56.20
 25 ss="printir_20" style="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 9px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, Swiss, SunSans-Regular; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: right; vertical-align: bottom; padding-right: 7px;" align="right"> 24  104265 RAMSDEN Blake  1995  CAN   1:13.65  57.10
 26  16  104026 SWETTE Ford  1993  CAN   1:13.67  57.40
 27  31  104133 GREIG Rob  1994  CAN   1:14.06  63.22
 28  36  104378 GOUGEON Jake  1996  CAN   1:14.41  68.44
 29  32  104153 MCCONVILLE Patrick  1994  CAN   1:14.44  68.89
 30  42  104191 MAINS Gabriel  1994  CAN   1:14.53  70.23
 31  38  103964 FRY Steven  1993  CAN   1:14.61  71.42
 32  34  103970 HAEHLEN Jonas  1993  CAN   1:14.68  72.47
 33  49  104268 ROBIN MERCIER William  1995  CAN   1:14.82  74.56
 34  35  104120 DAWSON Taylor  1994  CAN   1:15.00  77.24
 35  43  104245 LLEWELLYN Austin  1995  CAN   1:15.24  80.83
 36  37  104307 TAYLOR Aaron  1995  CAN   1:15.33  82.17
 37  48  104253 MONAST-DORE Maxime  1995  CAN   1:15.45  83.96
 38  53  104436 QUENNEVILLE Raphael  1996  CAN   1:15.58  85.90
 39  54  104260 PHELAN Michael  1995  CAN   1:15.95  91.42
 40  51  104282 YATES Kyle  1995  CAN   1:15.96  91.57
 41  55  104367 KIRSHENBLATT Samuel  1996  CAN   1:16.04  92.76
 42  47  304488 KOTAKE Yoriaki  1994  JPN   1:16.12  93.96
 43  52  104400 PEHOTA Dalton  1996  CAN   1:16.13  94.11
 43  45  104181 TOUTANT Francis  1994  CAN   1:16.13  94.11
 45  40  104215 CARRY Patrick  1995  CAN   1:16.34  97.24
 46  56  104361 CALLAGHAN Connor  1996  CAN   1:17.36  112.46
 47  33  6531526 OSBORNE Andrew  1996  USA   1:17.43  113.51
 48  44  104267 RENZONI Charlie  1995  CAN   1:17.79  118.88
 49  50  6531220 WURDEN Nicholas  1995  USA   1:17.99  121.86
 50  57  104214 BRUMEC-PARSONS Julian  1995  CAN   1:19.15  139.18
Did not start 1st run
   41  104372 LEROUX Marc  1996  CAN     
   2  103612 PRIDY Morgan  1990  CAN     
Did not finish 1st run
   46  104176 STEWART Eric  1994  CAN     
   39  104311 GRASIC Martin  1995  CAN     
   30  103078 DONALDSON David  1986  CAN     
   26  103646 ZAITSOFF Sasha  1990  CAN     
   4  102873 KUCERA John  >1984  CAN     

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