10:30 p.m., April 19)
returns from experience of a lifetime
skier Stephanie Gould recently returned from out west where she competed
in the K2 National Championships and the Whistler Cup. File photo
For a young
skier, having a chance to compete in the K2 National Championships can often
be the highlight of their careers. Having the opportunity to take part in
the national championships and the Whistler Cup, which brings together the
best young skiers in the world, in back-to-back competitions is often the
highlight of their lives.
Stephanie Gould, 14, recently returned from an extended trip to the Rockies
where she took part in both events as the reigning Quebec K2 champion.
At the K2 President's
Choice National Championships at the Silver Mountain Resort in Vernon, B.C.,
she finished 11th in the Super Combined event, sixth in the super-G and
10th in the slalom.
She was in position
to finish in the top 10 overall, but a bad gate on her first run in the
giant slalom doomed her chances. Although she rebounded with a terrific
second run, the damage had already been done.
a few days with her parents who made the trip out west to be with their
daughter, she arrived in Whistler to take part in the Whistler Cup.
a disappointing 23rd in the super-G on the opening day of the event -- she
placed 14th among the Canadians in the race -- Gould failed to complete
her second run in the slalom. She then placed 29th in the giant slalom on
the last day of the event
While the Grade
9, Louis Riel student wasn't overly thrilled with her results, they were
impressive nonetheless, especially when you consider that she didn't even
crack the top 20 at last year's K2 Quebec Championships.
Back home in
Orléans, the disappointment has already worn off.
so much fun being around other kids my age. It was amazing," says Gould,
who is a gifted road racer, as well as a former top flight triathlete. "It
was so nice to meet new people from different provinces and different countries."
While Gould has
skiied in the Rockies several times in the past, it was always recreational.
Having to compete brought a whole new level to the experience. Most of the
competitors from Ontario and Quebec were at an distinct disadvantage compared
to their peers from out west, especially in the first couple of races.
totally different. Here we usual race on ice and there you're always skiing
on powder. A lot of the guys had hard time setting their skis up,"
says Gould who plans to take the summer off before deciding whether or not
she'll continue with competitive skiing.
Competing (in B.C.) was a once in a lifetime experience. I'm never going
to be able to compete at this level again."
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