By Mary Clayton, Revelstoke Ski Club
Revelstoke ski racers fared well at international competitions this week, with the older FIS racers at a four-day Spring Series in Panorama and the U16 boys at the Whistler Cup. The Van Houtte Spring Series attracted competitors from Japan and the US, as well as some of the members of Canada’s national alpine team, in a race meet from Mar. 30 to Apr. 4.
Dominic Unterberger had some great results, capturing fifth in the giant slalom, 13th in the super-G and 10th in the slalom. “This past week of racing went really well for me, posting my best results of the season,” he said. “It took a lot of hard work to get to this point in my career and I’m looking forward to carrying this momentum throughout the off season.”
Emily Unterberger, Dominic’s sister, was 16th in the SG, 17th in the GS and 21st in the slalom. “Although I did not have my best results, the couple of good runs I did have at Panorama were a great way to end the season,” said Emily. Her overall results placed Emily 6th in B.C. in the U18 category, and earned her an invitation to try out for the Team BC next year.
Jamie Park was 15th in the SG and 16th in the GS. “The final race of the season in Panorama went really well,” she said. “I finished three out of five races with good results and feel it was a great end to the season. I struggled earlier in the year but was able to come back and finish strong.”
Coach Milan Arsovic said overall the season was “excellent, with good progress made in training and many good runs made during races. I’m so proud of the hard work that they did all season, and it’s been great to have the chance to finish off with some really good results.”
Two of the club’s U16 racers, Max Scharf and Mitch Smith, were at the Whistler Cup from Apr. 5-7. The event is one of Canada’s highest-level competitions for young racers, bringing together 450 of the best 12 to 15-year-old boys and girls from 19 different countries for three days of SG, slalom and GS racing.
Scharf was one of 18 racers selected to represent Team Canada at the competition, while Smith was selected to ski for Team BC. Scharf came 7th in the slalom and 22nd in the GS. In the SG, Scharf was 19th and Smith was 28th.
This coming weekend is a big one for the Revelstoke Ski Club as we host the zone finals for U14, U16 and U18 racers from the B.C. Interior. Come out to RMR on Apr. 13-14 to see some great skiing.