Challenging course pushes skiers

Apex Ski Club performs well at Can Ams at Apex Mountain

Kyle Blaser takes the second turn on his run at the B.C. Alpine U16 Can Am giant slalom at the Apex Mountain Resort on March 14.

Kyle Blaser takes the second turn on his run at the B.C. Alpine U16 Can Am giant slalom at the Apex Mountain Resort on March 14.

Members of the Apex Ski Club all had great moments in the Fidelity under-16 Can Am championships.

“I was happy with all their performances, even though maybe the results weren’t what they expected,” said ASC coach Jorgen Anderson.

Representing ASC amongst the best Western Canadian and American skiers at Apex Mountain were Tyrah Henderson, Molly Wells, Mini Gentes, Kyle Blaser, Parker Sinclair and Marcus Athans, the son of former Canadian Olympic alpine skier Gary Athans.

In slalom, the winning time was 59.50, while third clocked in at 59.86. Gentes came in 62nd at 1:07.99, Wells 69th at 1:09.38 and Henderson 74th at 1:11.41. In Super G, the winning time clocked in at 1:01.93 and third was 1:02.44.

Henderson was 62nd at 1:11.67, Gentes 62nd at 1:12.19 and Wells 74th at 1:13.90. In slalom, the winning run clocked in at 1:27.97 and third was 1:26.02. Wells was 45th at 1:37.36, Gentes 52nd at 1:38.98 and Henderson didn’t finish. In GS, the winning time was 1:53.44 and third was 1:54.60. Gentes was 55th at 2:09.25, Henderson 58th at 2:10.23 and Wells 68th at 2:15.38.

Anderson said that Henderson’s result in the slalom put her in the top-10 in B.C.

“Individually, that is a huge accomplishment for her,” he said.

For the boys in Super G, the winning time was 56.57 with third being 57.15. Athans took 22nd when he came in at 1:00. Blaser was 58th at  1:10.34. Sinclair didn’t finish. In the second Super G race, Athans was the only one to finish when he was 27th with a time of 1:02.14. The winner clocked in at 56.98 with third at 58.50. In GS, Athans again was the only Apex skier to finish taking 22nd with a time of 1:58.32. The third place finisher clocked in at 1:52.97. In slalom, Sinclair was the only Apex skier to finish going 53rd at 1:58.21. Third clocked in at 1:20.55.

“He (Athans) had awesome days of Super G and GS,” said Anderson. “Parker Sinclair, he did really well. I was really happy with him.”

Sinclair competed as a guest with Apex hosting because he didn’t qualify.

“Kyle Blaser had a top-20 Super G run,” said Anderson. “He was consistently in the top group. Just wasn’t able to finish.”

Anderson, who praised the efforts of volunteer crew and workers from the Apex Mountain Resort for their work on the course, said it was extremely challenging conditions.

“It was a cool learning experience for the U16 group,” said Anderson, adding they can take that into next year. Athans also finished ninth overall in the province and is headed to the Whistler Cup.

Now Anderson is with a group of 10 under-14 skiers for Can Ams in Revelstoke. A few U14 skiers had strong performances in provincials in Big White last weekend. Heming Sola won four gold medals prompting Anderson to say, “He killed it.”

 

On the girls side, Noa Rogers picked up silver and bronze in GS and gold in the second slalom race.  Ana Large earned silver in the

first slalom race.

 

 

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