Local skier 3rd at Whistler Cup
Apex Ski Club member Ana Large, representing Team BC1, picked up a third-place finish in the giant slalom at the recent Whistler Cup, the largest youth ski racing event in North America.
The Whistler Cup celebrated its 25th anniversary by welcoming more than 440 of the world’s top young skiers to test their skills on the resort’s slopes.
There were racers from 23 countries (including Canada, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy and the U.S.) competing at the event.
Big names like Julia Mancuso, Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Tina Maze, Christof Innerhofer, Marcel Hirscher and Mathias Meier all competed as young ski racers on these slopes before enjoying World Cup and Olympic glory.
Large secured the third place finish with Noa Szolas from Hungary taking the gold medal and Tessa Foote from team Ontario 1 finishing second.
Large also was the top female points earner on team BC1, finishing the SL race in 13th position and the Dual SL in 14th. Posting three top-15 finishes in an international event was more than Large anticipated for the weekend.
“I was hoping to make the top 10 in the GS race, as it’s my specialty and I knew if I skied well that was possible, but I did not anticipate two top-15 results in the SL events.
It’s a great feeling to know you can compete with top level athletes from around the world. I am very happy with the weekend. It was an amazing experience.”
Facing such high-level competition in their home country is particularly special for the Canadian skiers, explained Christine Cogger, administrator for the Whistler Cup.
“Normally you would expect that to have this level of competition, they would have to travel to either Europe or South America, and so it’s pretty special for them to be able to do this on home soil.”
The Whistler Cup event marks the end of an exceptional season for Large, but she happily explains “now it’s time to go to work, I want to get stronger through the off season because I have big goals with this sport, and big goals mean hard work!”