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Ted Clarke / Prince George Citizen
April 17, 2019 10:41 PM
Isaac Hausot had speed to burn last weekend at the Whistler Cup.
Taking an international field of 134 skiers in the under-14 men’s slalom on Sunday, the 14-year-old Prince George Ski Team member blasted through the gates to a ninth-place finish.
Hausot dug his edges into the steep course for a two-run time of 1:35.71. That came a day after he finished 24th out of 134 skiers in the giant slalom.
“The course was very hard and icy, just the way I like it for racing,” said Hausot. “I am so excited with how I placed in both events. I have been working hard in training and in the gym, and I’m getting more confident in being able to handle the hard snow conditions.”
Hausot was the seventh-place finisher in the slalom at the under-14 provincial championships at Purden Ski Resort, March 17.
The 27th annual Whistler Cup attracted more than 400 of the top under-14 and under-16 alpine skiers from 22 countries, including Canada, the U.S., Slovakia, Norway, Korea, Japan New Zealand and Argentina.
Hausot joined forces with clubmate Jamey Bachand, two Argentinans and two Chileans for the dual slalom team relay.
Their team advanced to the B semifinal. Hausot loved the continuous action of the relay. Skiers wait at the top of a short course until the teammate who precedes them on the course crosses the finish line. Only then can each successive skier leave the gate.
“It was really cool to race with kids my age from around the world,” said Hausot. "The relay event was so fun, I had never done a relay before. It was was exciting.
“I obviously need to learn some Spanish racing with the guys from Argentina and Chile, but their English was quite good. The whole Whistler Cup event was so much fun.”
The Prince George team coached by Phil Soicher and Kali Holahan included under-16 skiers Charlotte Gibson and Melinda Kobasiuk, as well as under-14 athletes Isaac Hausot, Jamey Bachand, Gwenyth Bertucci, Adree Brulotte, Sydney Sherba and Zoe Pohl.
Brulotte finished 16th in the U-14 slalom with a two-run time of 1:24.42, while Bertucci was 95th and Sherba placed 99th. In the giant slalom, Brulotte placed 57th, Pohl was 66th, Bertucci was 107th and Sherba finished 110th. Bachand was 77th in the U-14 men’s slalom.
In the U-16 women’s slalom Kobasiuk posted a 17th-place finish out of 58. Gibson did not finish. In the super-G event, Kobasiuk was 25th and Gibson ended up 31st out of 53 entrants. Gibson placed 25th in the giant slalom, while Kobasiuk was 28th.
In other Prince George Ski Club news, Gavin Rowell won the Canadian/NorAm ski cross championship at Sunshine Village near Banff, Alta. Rowell was the silver medalist at the FIS junior world championships a few weeks ago in Reiteralm, Austria.
Adree Brulotte finishes a Ski Club-best fifth place at Under-14 event
Mar 19, 2019 10:48 AM by: Kyle Balzer
Despite an excellent regional run two weeks prior, Prince George Alpine Skiers could not find the podium this weekend.
The club hosted the 2019 B.C. TECK Under-14 Provincials at Purden Ski Village on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (March 15-17), which saw more than 160 athletes on the mountain from across the province.
The best finish for Prince George came from Adree Brulotte on Saturday, who crossed the Women’s Giant Slalom finish line in fifth place at 1:45.05. She missed out on the bronze medal by 0:00.19.
The top men’s racer was Isaac Hausot, who came in seventh place in the Men’s Slalom on Friday with a time of 1:39.36, missing out on the podium by nearly two whole minutes.
Provincials concluded on Sunday with 32 teams of five competing in head-to-head dual slalom; results have not been released yet.
The next event for the Prince George Alpine Ski Club is next month, April 5-7, when Hudson Bay Mountain in Smithers hosts the TECK North Zone Finals.
Gavin Rowell won the Men’s North American Ski Cross championship this past weekend
Apr 17, 2019 3:40 PM by: Kyle Balzer
It was a season of firsts for one of Canada’s up-and-coming ski cross stars, who happens to hail from B.C.’s northern capital.
Prince George product Gavin Rowell has completed his 2018-19 season with Alpine Canada’s developmental team, capping off with a gold medal in Men’s North America (NorAm) Overall Ski Cross, which he earned from the Canadian Ski Cross Championships in Alberta this past weekend.
He finished second in his Saturday run (April 13) for the silver medal and sixth in the Sunday run (April 14), accumulating enough points from the competition to get him on top of the NorAm podium.
“It was such a great feeling, getting the chance to perform at this level,” said Rowell to PrinceGeorgeMatters. “Being from Prince George, it means a lot to me in that aspect as well; I get to represent a lot of people from the region. The NorAm Overall really sets me up for next season with the team and moving up to higher level races, which will mostly be in Europe, and I’m really looking forward to that for sure.”
The 19-year-old takes pride in not only representing his city and province, but his country too when it came to setting up the maple leaf on the world stage.
“Canada is a very dominating country for ski cross; we do really well and you can always tell. You don’t have a lot of time to explore and travel as much as you would like to, but you’re in these places for a purpose.”
Rowell, a graduate of Kelly Road Secondary school, also made his mark on the slopes of Austria in March after claiming the silver medal in the World Junior Ski Cross Championships on the Federation of International Skiing (FIS) circuit.
This was just his second trip to Europe in his lifetime, and in under a year for competition reasons, but was forced to drop out due to concussion reasons from a race in the United States.
Rowell explained he was fortunate enough to have a good team of doctors working with to get back up to speed and get him to that podium position.
“We have really amazing support staff that helped me along through that process,” he said. “I knew it wasn’t a super-bad injury and the expectations were really high as well because I had never raced in Europe before, so I didn’t miss too much. Luckily, there was also a couple of bad weather days while I was injured as well.”
Rowell also told PrinceGeorgeMatters the National Ski Cross team is getting smaller with a few racers retiring from the top-tier team.
While he’s unsure what his future holds, which could potentially be a spot on the National team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, Rowell is grateful for what he’s already experienced in this breakout year.
“I surpassed most of the goals I set myself for this season and I’m really proud of myself for that. I’ve also gained a new perspective on this sport because of the level of competition is in Europe. Racing over there is very different compared to the NorAm circuit. It’s a steep learning curve because they race more aggressively, so this was definitely a learning year for me.”
He said his off-season plans are to continue with strength and conditioning, along with cultivating partnerships and relationships so he can obtain everything he needs to compete in ski cross.
Ted Clarke / Prince George Citizen
March 27, 2019 11:00 PM
Melinda Kobasiuk has shown a voracious appetite lately for going fast when the alpine ski racing clock starts ticking and she feasted on the slalom course at the Teck Under-16 provincial championships at Apex Mountain near Penticton.
The 15-year-old Prince George Ski Club veteran won the first day of slalom racing Saturday by 1.06 seconds and finished second overall in Sunday’s slalom event.
“The slalom was what I was really looking forward to because I’m not the best in GS – it felt really nice in (Saturday’s) slalom but it was really stressful,” said Kobasiuk.
“Going into the second run knowing I was in first, oh man that was a fun time. That was a surprise.”
Based on her results at Apex and at two other provincial-level competitions at Sun Peaks and in Kimberley, Kobasiuk has qualified for the Whistler Cup races, April 11-14. This will be the third year she will have competed in the international event.
Kobasiuk finished 53/100ths of a second behind Noa Rogers of Apex in Sunday’s slalom. Kobasiuk also raced the two giant slalom events that began the U-16 provincials and finished 14th on Thursday and 11th on Friday.
“She skied the way she has been all year, it’s not really a surprise,” said Prince George Ski Club coach Phil Soicher, who has coached Kobasiuk the past three seasons.
“She just performed when she had to. We tend to try to keep the focus away from results and keep the focus on skiing well.”
Now in her seventh year with the Prince George team, Kobasiuk said she feels stronger on her skis than ever and attributes that to her dryland training program at the Engage Sport North – Canadian Sport School. She attends morning classes at Duchess Park secondary school then goes to the sport school to train with other student athletes, and it’s making a difference.
“I’m feeling more confident with all the training I’m getting, I feel that does a lot.” she said.
Kobasiuk was named as an alternate as the fifth female member of the B.C. team for the Canada Winter Games last month in Red Deer but did not get to attend the event.
Erica McCallum of Prince George also raced at Apex. Her top finish was 37th out of 53 in Sunday’s slalom and she was 40th on Saturday. In the GS events she placed 47th and 48th.
“Every race is getting better for her, even though the results might not be showing it,” said Soicher. “The whole U-16 group has been working pretty hard the last couple years and it’s kind of nice to see everybody get results and things start to pay off.”
McCallum and Kobasiuk will compete at the Teck north zone finals at Smithers, April 5-7, with GS, dual slalom and ski cross events scheduled.
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