Hausot cracks top-10 at Whistler Cup slalom
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.