CANADA’S FEMALE TECH SKIERS SHOWCASE SKILLS AND CLAIM PODIUM AT CANADIAN NATIONALS
Collingwood, ON (March 18, 2022) -- It was another close race for the U21 women at today’s National Championship women’s slalom race. All top five results were achieved by Canadian women born after 2001, with Sarah Bennett (Stoneham, QC) leading the pack in first place, Kiara (Kiki) Alexander (Cochrane, AB) and Cyndie Timmermann (Calgary, AB) tied for the silver.
“My first run was really solid skiing and I had a big lead going into the second run, so I wanted to just make it down in the second run and not make any mistakes like I have in the past with a lead like this,” says Bennett.
And persevere she did, finishing the day with the Canadian National title and a third of a second lead over second-place finishers Alexander and Timmermann.
“It was a highlight of my day, tying with my teammate,” says Alexander. “Today was really exciting; the conditions were a little on the soft side but the volunteers did everything they could to keep the races even.”
As the temperatures rose in Ontario, skiers had to contend with not just the clock but Mother Nature as she the snow conditions and track. However, the course was preserved by the hardworking volunteers at Osler Bluff.
“Today was incredible. I came here today with not a lot of expectations, and it was a tight race. I was nervous going into the second run, but I’m so grateful I get to share the podium today with my teammate and mentor Kiki,” adds Timmermann.
“I focus mainly on giant slalom so I was very happy with my finish here in third place today,” says Richardson. “I had a lucky bib, number 2, for first run to have a clean course. For the second run, I just knew I had to charge, and the girls ahead of me skied so well and I’m happy for them as well.”
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