Lo­cal skier 3rd at Whistler Cup

The Daily Courier - - SPORTS -

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!”


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