Check out the below link to view the results for the U18 National Championships taking place in Ontario.
Hanna Melinchuk, Jocelyn McCarthy and Mikaela Fitzgerald
Also check out this below article from www.skiracing.com (last paragraph)
World Cup skiers tackle NorAm tech series
By CJ Feehan
February 9, 2014
STOWE, Vt. — Sochi-bound Canadian national teamer Brad Spence traded back-to-back blows with the U.S. Ski Team’s Colby Granstrom in the final two races of the NorAm tech series contested at Stowe Mountain Resort, while World Cup regular Taina Barioz of France completed her three-race sweep at Sunday River.
Conditions at Stowe on Wednesday (Feb. 5) were challenging as new snowfall hampered visibility. Still, Canada’s Spence was able to secure the win in a tune-up race before he heads to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Granstrom, over a half second back, finished as runner-up and was yet another half second ahead of the University of Denver’s Espen Lysdahl, who led after the first run but ultimately finished third.
“It was definitely a fight, and it wasn’t easy by any means. There was some great competition. Ski racing’s an outdoor sport, so you’re going to get good days and bad days, and you have to adapt on the fly,” remarked Spence. “I was amazed by how hard the snow was. Being in (Europe) all winter, it was almost a treat to see hard snow. First run I was adapting to that a little bit still because it felt like it had been so long since I’d been on hard snow, and second run I just had a better feel on the snow and was ahead of the game.”
Swiss World Cup skier Markus Vogel, who was left off his nation’s Olympic roster, finished sixth, one spot ahead of Nolan Kasper of the U.S. Olympic team.
The top of the podium was reversed on Thursday (Feb. 6) as Granstrom overtook Spence for the win by just less than half a second. Tim Kelley, who has recently trained and raced with the U.S. Ski Team in Europe, was third. TCRA’s Ty Sprock stood on the junior podium two days in a row with top-20 finishes.
“The surface was really incredible both days. Today was a little more smooth just because they groomed, but both days it was grippy ice and it held up great for the whole race,” said Granstrom. “One of my goals all season was to be on the Olympic team. I was pretty bummed out that I didn’t make it, just came up short at Kitzbuehel. But it feels great to win (today), and I’ll still be rooting for all those guys that go over there and race.”
Spence and Kasper departed for pre-Olympic training in Europe just after the NorAm series concluded. But they acknowledged, before they left, that some talented skiers gave them a run for their money in the series.
“Colby is a guy who we start always right by each other in World Cup races,” noted Spence. “I’ve seen him have good success, and I’ve had some success on the World Cup too, so we’re definitely battling it out not only in the NorAm but also on the World Cup stage, so it’s a good rivalry between the two countries.”
The women racing at Sunday River tried their darndest to keep pace with France’s Barioz who won Tuesday’s GS before also handily sweeping both slalom races. The U.S. Ski Team’s Lila Lapanja collected two podium results by finishing third on Wednesday and improving to second on Thursday.
“I had a solid first run and took advantage of an easy set and good snow, and today was the first time in years I have been leading a race after the first run,” reflected Lapanja on Thursday’s race. “Second run… I had a few mistakes but I kept my skis going and made it down. It’s an honor to race with Taina — she was third in a World Cup GS in 2009 — and I like the intensity she brings to races.”
Ski Quebec’s Eve Routhier was closest to Barioz on Wednesday, finishing 0.71 seconds back, and the University of Vermont’s Kristina Riis-Johannessen completed Thursday’s podium in third. Team USA’s Julia Ford, who will race the slalom in Sochi, finished seventh on Wednesday, while 17-year-old Jocelyn McCarthy of Alberta Alpine turned heads by beating out the entire Canadian development team and finishing seventh on Thursday for a career-best 24-point result.
See more photos from the men’s race in our gallery.