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Alpine Skiing – Ottawa’s Sarah Brown top Canadian with bronze at Mackenzie Investments Whistler Cup
WHISTLER – Sarah Brown of Ottawa topped Canadian results Friday with the bronze medal in the women’s giant slalom at the Mackenzie Investments Whistler Cup alpine skiing competition.
The 26th Whistler Cup has attracted over 400 of the world’s best 12 to 15-year-old ski racers from more than 20 countries to compete for super-G, slalom and giant slalom glory. Canada is fielding a 12-member squad.
In the women’s giant slalom, Sarah Zoller led Switzerland to a 1-2 finish clocking a two-run time of 2:10.49. Delia Durrer was second in 2:12.25 edging Brown by the narrowest of margins. She clocked 2:12.26.
“The race was pretty cool because the hill is very nice,’’ said Zoller, 15. ‘’The snow is different in Switzerland and we have more bumps. The course was pretty long today, but I liked it. I was at the Whistler Cup last year, and was so happy to hear I could come again this year because I like to get the experience of competing with other girls from other nations.’’
Durrer was pleased to get on the podium despite not being 100 percent.
“I didn’t feel that great when I was racing,’’ she said. ‘’Even though the second run was a bit frustrating because of the weather, it was a good experience. I like Whistler, especially the village, and getting to learn about people from other countries.”
Brown, 15, was determined to bounce back from a subpar super G on Thursday.
“I didn’t ski my best, but I was happy to get some of my confidence back,’’ she said. ’’My plan was to try to get some of my good feeling back for the afternoon run and I was happy to be able to put it together.” 
Arianne Forget of Prevost, Que., was fourth in 2:12.76 and Makenna Lebsack of Calgary 10th in 2:15.80.
In the men’s giant slalom, Ryder Sarchett of the U.S. took the gold in 2:11.69 with Luc Roduit of Switzerland second in 2:12.03 and Nicolas Pirozzi of Chile third in 2:13.83.
‘’It’s been an inconsistent season but I’m having a good spring,’’ said Sarchett. ‘’In the first run the snow was weird and not what I use to. In the second run the course was really rough.’’
Mackenzie Wood of Collingwood, Ont., was the top Canadian in ninth.
Whistler Cup has a history of showcasing future stars, including Americans Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin, as well as Slovenia’s Tina Maze, Italy’s Christof Innerhofer and Austria’s Nicole Hosp, Anna Fenninger and Mathias Meier. Many of Canada’s biggest stars have also competed on this stage, including Marielle Thompson, Kelsey Serwa, Jan Hudec, Erik Guay, Robbie Dixon, Britt and Michael Janyk and Manuel Osborne-Paradis.
Competition continues through to Sunday.
Friday’s giant slalom results at the Mackenzie Investments Whistler Cup alpine skiing competition in Whistler:
Men: 1. Ryder Sarchett, USA, 2:11.69; 2. Luc Roduit, Switzerland, 2:12.03; 3. Nicolas Pirozzi, Chile, 2:12.81; 4. Silvano Gini, Switzerland, 2:13.83; 5. Leo Coppel, France, 2:14.59; 6. Nicolas Macheret, Switzerland, 2:15.33; 7. Takumi Nakamura, Japan, 2:16.11; 8. Tiziano Gravier, Argentina, 2:16.43; 9. Mackenzie Wood, Ontario, 2:16.61; 10. Vaclav Klein, Slovakia, 2:17.00
Women: 1. Sarah Zoller, Switzerland, 2:10;49; 2. Delia Durrer, Switzerland, 2:12.25; 3. Sarah Brown, Ottawa, Ontario, 2:12.26; 4. Arianne Forget, Prevost, Quebec, 2:12.76; 5. Amellie Klopfenstein, Switzerland, 2:12.99; 6. Dasha Romanov, USA, 2:13.11; 7. Noa Szollos, Israel, 2:13.12; 8. Emma Nadler, France, 2:15.13; 9. Isabelle Washburn, USA, 2:15.65; 10. Makenna Lebsack, Calgary, Alberta, 2:15.80.
Full results : WMSC-Timing | WMSC Timing