The fog rolled in, and the fog rolled out. But no matter – once again, the Mount Washington Ski Club demonstrated that they are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to ski racing. The U12 Ski Team outshone their competitors from Whistler, Grouse, Seymour and Cypress at the Annual Tyee Cup held Feb. 9-10 at Grouse Mountain.
The Mount Washington Ski Club athletes train in adverse conditions, deep, steep powder and must travel extensively to compete. Their resilience and tenacity showed itself on the race course and then on the podium.
A personal best for Ava Langevin of the Comox Valley was a highlight with two sixth place finishes in Slalom Gates and the GS. For the other U12 women, it was Sylvi Nymann of Campbell River who stole the show, securing two podium spots – silver in the Slalom Gates event and bronze in the Stubby Slalom as well as two additional top 10 finishes.
Right on the heels of Sylvi Nymann was Emilie Johnston of the Comox Valley winning bronze in the Giant Slalom, two fourth place finishes in the Slalom events and a fifth in the Kombi.
For the men, it was Kieran Nilsen of the Comox Valley who rose to the podium – not once but three times with two silver medals in the Slalom Gates and Giant Slalom, a bronze in the Slalom Stubbies and a sixth in the Kombi, placing Kieran in second place overall for the Tyee Cup in a very competitive field of over 60 male athletes.
Adding to excitement was the performance of the entire Mount Washington Ski Team with athletes in both the men’s and women’s category placing in the top 20. Of note were some remarkable performances from Luke Hoeffer of Nanaimo who blew out of the course and had a spectacular crash in the Giant Slalom, only to carry on and secure two top 10 finishes in the Slalom Stubbies and the Kombi.
Eric Luchies and Kieran Harley of Victoria rounded out the team’s results by securing top 10 finishes in Giant Slalom. Chris Raduy of Qualicum Beach showed his tenacity with 11th, 12th, 15th and 16th places – consistently maintaining his position in the top 20.
Next event for these athletes is the Experience the Podium Race hosted by Mount Washington Ski Club on Feb. 23-24. Athletes will participate from the entire coast Zone and the club invites the public to come on out and watch some great youth skiing in action.
– Mount Washington Ski Club