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'(Posted 7:30 p.m., April 5)
Orléans skier holds her own at K2 Canadian ski championships
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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Orléans alpine skiing sensation Stéphanie Gould proved that she is one of the top 14-year-old skiers in the entire country this past week after skiing to three Top 12 finishes at the K2 President’s Choice Canadian Ski Championships at the Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon, B.C.

Gould went into the championships as somewhat of a dark horse after her surprise gold medal performance at the K2 Quebec championships in early March.

After failing to break the Top 20 in the Quebec championships last year, Stéphanie was hoping to crack the benchmark this time around and earn a ticket to the K2 nationals. She ended up surpassing even her wildest expectations by placing first in the super-G and giant slalom events and sixth in the slalom to capture the overall title.

With the added pressure and expectations of being the Quebec champion on her tiny shoulders, Gould flew out to British Columbia with the goal of placing in the top 10 and possibly winning a medal.

She started off the competition with a respectable 11th place finish in the Super Combined in which the competitors complete one super-G run and one slalom run and combine the times.

On Tuesday, she placed sixth in the super-G which put her in the Top 10 overall. The next day, the Silver Star Resort got hit with a severe snowstorm that dumped more than 30-centimetres on the mountain in less than 24 hours.

Whether it was the conditions or a lack of concentration, Stéphanie had a disastrous first run in the giant slalom that put her at the bottom of the standings. Although she managed to rebound with a terrific second run, the damage had already been done and she placed 63rd.

Showing a tenacity and resiliency that is the by-product of her other athletic passion triathlon, she bounced back the next day to end the championships on high note with a 10th place performance in the slalom.

Gould plans to spend the next several days relaxing in the Rockies with her teammates before they must gather in Whistler for the start of the Whistler Cup on Friday.

The Whistler Cup is regarded as one of the top events in the world for 11- to 14-year-olds.

'(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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