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Gagnon wins 3rd time, Read joins family legacy


Marie-Michele Gagnon went three for four at the Sport Chek Alpine Canadian Championships winning for the third time in four races taking the women’s giant slalom easily at Whistler on Wednesday (March 27). In the final men’s slalom Erik Read collected his first win and can add the trophy to a massive collection owned by his family. He is the third generation to win a Canadian crown, starting with his grandmother, Dee Burden, 65 years ago.

Gagnon won the super G and slalom earlier in the week and was second in the downhill. She said conditions were sketchy as transforming in mid course as the bright sun worked its magic on the hill.

“The second run was definitely a lot softer. It was pretty inconsistent. Some turns were amazing. All of a sudden you were ripping for six turns and then it was really soft. I was kind of all over the place but I was lettig the skis go and always bringing it down the hill.”

Marie-Pier Prefontaine was the second fastest on the day and said she was glad to be in the same area with Gagnon. “I had a good second run,” she said. “My goal was to beat Mitch (Gagnon) for the run, but I was six hundredths short. Still. … “

She said after having been around the edges of the podium she was glad to close out the championships with a medal. Downhiller Larisa Yurkiw posted third.

Read’s win was quality. He took the first run by a large margin and hung tough in nasty conditions to record the second fastest second run and snare the historic win. Not only did his grandmother win the ’48 Dominion Championship, his uncle Jim won several in multiple disciplines and his father is legendary “Crazy Canuck” Ken Read and his mother, Lynda Robbins, also owns a title.

He was humble in victory. “The first run definitely knocked  out a lot of the field and I skied clean and solid the whole way. Second run I knew there were two guys nipping at my heels so I went for it and I think everyone made a few mistakes but I came out on top.”

Sasha Zaitsoff was fastest in the second run and got the silver medal spot while Julien Cousineau was third.

Three team skiers announced retirement: Ryan Semple, Patrick Biggs and Trevor White. Jean-Philippe Roy retired following the slalom and Kelly VanderBeek took a ceremonial last run in the super G.

“It’s been a fantastic week,” Phil Bernier, Alpine Canada’s director of events, said at the conclusion of this year’s Sport Chek Alpine Canadian Championships. “The weather Gods co-operated and Whistler Blackcomb gave us a lot of support from the mountain and the Weasel Workers did a fantastic job. They’ve executed one of the higher quality race series we’ve had in a long time.”
 
Nigel Loring, of Whistler Mountain Ski Club, said he was delighted Whistler was able to stage its first downhill race since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
 
“We’ve had beautiful weather, beautiful support from Whistler Blackcomb, the sponsors, all the volunteers, the Weasel Workers. Just an incredible turnout here and it’s so great to see the Canadian Championships back here in Whistler,” Loring said. “It’s a big thrill for myself and Rob Boyd, who actually set the course, to have (a downhill). We’ve been dreaming about this for a long time.”

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Whistler, BC (CAN)
National Championships
Ladies’ Giant Slalom
March 27, 2013

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  6  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele  1989  CAN   1:07.66  1:09.43  2:17.09  8.00
 2  1  106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier  1988  CAN   1:08.31  1:09.49  2:17.80  12.61
 3  3  106849 YURKIW Larisa  1988  CAN   1:08.81  1:10.30  2:19.11  21.11
 4  2  107387 CRAWF
ORD Candace 
1994  CAN   1:09.14  1:10.14  2:19.28  22.22
 5  7  107532 TOMMY Mikaela  1995  CAN   1:09.60  1:10.46  2:20.06  27.28
 6  4  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin  1990  CAN   1:09.91  1:10.50  2:20.41  29.55
 7  20  107148 ELLIOT Sarah  1992  CAN   1:11.36  1:10.71  2:22.07  40.33
 8  5  105615 ROUTHIER Eve  1988  CAN   1:10.59  1:11.82  2:22.41  42.54
 9  15  107613 GRENIER Valerie  1996  CAN   1:11.01  1:11.66  2:22.67  44.23
 10  11  107415 MOORE Kelly  1994  CAN   1:11.90  1:10.99  2:22.89  45.65
 11  16  107192 FREEMAN Sarah  1992  CAN   1:12.42  1:10.82  2:23.24  47.93
 12  9  107469 FIELD Charley  1995  CAN   1:11.72  1:11.92  2:23.64  50.52
 13  22  107562 GARTNER Stephanie  1996  CAN   1:12.41  1:11.55  2:23.96  52.60
 14  14  106183 TERWIEL Elli  1989  CAN   1:12.67  1:11.93  2:24.60  56.76
 15  25  107570 STEEVES Kelly  1996  CAN   1:12.36  1:13.49  2:25.85  64.87
 16  18  107590 BOULANGER Elyse  1996  CAN   1:13.37  1:12.56  2:25.93  65.39
 17  26  107432 THACKRAY Logan  1994  CAN   1:13.94  1:12.62  2:26.56  69.48
 18  27  107500 RAUHALA Silken  1995  CAN   1:13.80  1:12.85  2:26.65  70.06
 19  8  107427 ST-GERMAIN Laurence  1994  CAN   1:15.02  1:12.04  2:27.06  72.73
 20  24  107482 KING Emma  1995  CAN   1:13.77  1:13.75  2:27.52  75.71
 21  29  107603 VANDER VEEN Rachel  1996  CAN   1:14.61  1:14.69  2:29.30  87
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 22  30  6535460 KEPL Elizabeth  1996  USA   1:15.64  1:14.43  2:30.07  92.27
 23  28  107508 SWETTE Rae  1995  CAN   1:15.81  1:14.84  2:30.65  96.03
 24  33  107484 KWONG Alysia  1995  CAN   1:18.01  1:17.50  2:35.51  127.58
 25  32  107356 BUTLER Kali  1994  CAN   1:20.63  1:17.81  2:38.44  146.61
Did not finish 2nd run
   17  107497 POITRAS Adrienne  1995  CAN         
   10  107312 ROTH Julia  1993  CAN         
Did not finish 1st run
   31  107307 PANKRATZ Alexandria  1993  CAN         
   23  107486 MACLACHLAN Hallie  1995  CAN         
   21  107163 RYTZ Celine  1992  CAN         
   19  107512 TURNER Andrea  1995  CAN         
   13  107337 PAQUIN-RICARD Claudia  1993  CAN         
   12  107489 MCINTYRE Jenna  1995  CAN  lass="print0" 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; vertical-align: top;" align="right">     

Whistler, BC (CAN)
National Championships
Men’s Slalom

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  4  103729 READ Erik  1991  CAN   52.49  54.70  1:47.19  8.00
 2  7  103646 ZAITSOFF Sasha  1990  CAN   53.21  54.69  1:47.90  12.11
 3  1  102239 COUSINEAU Julien  1981  CAN   52.61  55.58  1:48.19  13.78
 4  9  102922 WHITE Trevor  1984  CAN   54.20  55.22  1:49.42  20.90
 5  8  103857 ST-GERMAIN Wiliam  1992  CAN   55.09  56.59  1:51.68  33.97
 6  31  104156 NACIUK Anthony  1994  CAN   57.24  55.06  1:52.30  37.56
 7  20  103953 CARRY Roger  1993  CAN   55.83  56.50  1:52.33  37.73
 8  13  103779 GARAND Dominique  1991  CAN   55.03  57.35  1:52.38  38.02
 9  14  103942 BELL Jeffrey  1993  CAN   56.19  56.28  1:52.47  38.54
 10  23  104133 GREIG Rob  1994  CAN   57.24  55.71  1:52.95  41.32
 11  28  103901 SUTTON Brandon  1992  CAN   57.76  55.56  1:53.32  43.46
 12  18  104311 GRASIC Martin  1995  CAN   57.42  56.32  1:53.74  45.89
 13  15  103751 TOUTANT Simon-Claude  1991  CAN   57.72  56.17  1:53.89  46.75
 14  27  104044 READ Kevyn  1993  CAN   57.37  56.79  1:54.16  48.32
 15  26  103994 MCKILLOP Curtis  1993  CAN   58.29  57.00  1:55.29  54.85
 16  41  104215 CARRY Patrick  1995  CAN   57.78  57.80  1:55.58  56.53
 17  11  102456 BIGGS Patrick  1982  CAN   56.91  58.94  1:55.85  58.09
 18  49  104367 KIRSHENBLATT Samuel  1996  CAN   1:02.42  1:01.60  2:04.02  105.35
Disqualified 2nd run
   19  104026 SWETTE Ford  1993  CAN         
Disqualified 1st run
   52  104214 BRUMEC-PARSONS Julian  1995  CAN         
   25  103891 KELLOCK Jonathan  1992  CAN         
   24  103385 PRIDY Conrad  1988  CAN       <
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   21  104272 SEGER Brodie  1995  CAN         
Did not finish 2nd run
   46  103964 FRY Steven  1993  CAN         
   32  104153 MCCONVILLE Patrick  1994  CAN         
   16  104096 THOMPSON Broderick  1994  CAN         
Did not finish 1st run
   53  6531220 WURDEN Nicholas  1995  USA         
   51  6531526 OSBORNE Andrew  1996  USA         
   50  104400 PEHOTA Dalton  1996  CAN         
   48  104282 YATES Kyle  1995  CAN         
   47  104361 CALLAGHAN Connor  1996  lign="center">CAN         
   45  104267 RENZONI Charlie  1995  CAN         
   44  104120 DAWSON Taylor  1994  CAN         
   43  104245 LLEWELLYN Austin  1995  CAN         
   42  104436 QUENNEVILLE Raphael  1996  CAN         
   40  104260 PHELAN Michael  1995  CAN         
   39  104307 TAYLOR Aaron  1995  s="print0" 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; vertical-align: top;" align="center">CAN         
   38  104378 GOUGEON Jake  1996  CAN         
   37  104265 RAMSDEN Blake  1995  CAN         
   36  103970 HAEHLEN Jonas  1993  CAN         
   35  104176 STEWART Eric  1994  CAN         
   34  104253 MONAST-DORE Maxime  1995  CAN         
   33  104268 ROBIN MERCIER William  1995  CAN         
   30  104181 TOUTANT Francis  1994  CAN         
   29  104191 MAINS Gabriel  1994  CAN         
   22  103984 LAJOIE Vincent  1993  CAN         
   17  104015 SCHUESSLER BEDARD William  1993  CAN         
   12  104023 STEINKE Chris  1993  CAN         
   10  103997 MEGARRY Morgan  1993  CAN         
   6  102727 STUTZ Paul  1983  CAN         
   5  102435 JANYK Michael  1982  CAN         
   3  103676 BROWN Philip  1991  CAN         
   2  103865 PHILP Trevor  1992  CAN         

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