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Medallists emerge from tight alpine skiing field

Article by Emanuel Sequeira, Photo Credit: Douglas Drouin

Author: BC Winter Games/Sunday, February 28, 2016/Categories: 2016 BC Winter Games, Skiing - Alpine

Medallists emerge from tight alpine skiing field

Three regions dominated the podium in alpine skiing during the first two days at the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games.

In ladies giant slalom, Alexandra Chartrand and Tara Brudar claimed gold and bronze for the Vancouver-Coast region, while Lauren Koper of Kootenay took silver. In ladies slalom, Hallie Jenkins from the Thompson-Okanagan won gold, while Koper took silver and Chartrand, bronze.

In male giant slalom, Isaac Athans from the Thompson-Okanagan won gold, while Heiko Ihns of Kootenay took silver and Skylar Beauregard of the Vancouver-Coast, bronze. Athans, of Kelowna, also won gold in slalom, while Ihns of Castlegar took silver again and Ethan Chandro from the Vancouver-Coast took bronze.

Athans said it was awesome to win gold twice, to be the best.

"It was really tough competition, but it was really close," said Athans, whose father Garry competed in the 1984 Olympics for alpine skiing.

Athans said racing on his home course, he competes with the Apex Ski Club, gave him a bit of an advantage.

"I know the terrain and how to move over the rolls. I know how to carry more speed into the flats," he said.

Aside from trying to avoid crashing, only one other thing goes through his mind while racing down the course.

"I just think what's coming up next. I had a bunch of nerves," said Athans. "I think everybody did. I just had a killer run."

Chartrand of Whistler felt good about her performances. She claimed gold by clocking a time of one minute, 57 and 82 tenths of a second, which topped Koper by nearly a full second.  In slalom, Chartrand clocked a time of 1:28.15

"I could have done better in some places," she said. "Still pretty happy. Some of the courses are really hard. Some are really nice and fast."

Jenkins, a Kelowna product, edged out Koper for gold by .04 seconds

"It's nice to know that I'm the top skier right now in the province," said Jenkins, who hopes to strive for a top spot nationally. "The first run felt really strong. The second run I kind of got held back. I just gave it my all. It was really fun. There was lots of interesting athletes that I competed against. They are all strong."

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