WIN Canada Cup, Apex, Feb 6-7th, 2016
On February 4th, 7 Blackcomb Freestyle Club athletes converged on Apex Mountain for 4 days to compete in the Win Canada Cup Moguls and Dual Moguls. Coach Jeff Fairbairn accompanied the kids to provide them an opportunity to train and compete with Canada’s emerging stars in the sport, gaining some valuable experience. Representing the Club were Maia Schwinghammer, Maya Mikkelsen, Raine Haziza, Jessica Linton, Emma Bosco, Jackson Parson, Sam Cordell, and Heejun (Jun) Kim. Maya Mikkelsen was the youngest competitor in the event. There were over 20 females and over 45 males competing, with many heading onto the NorAm event in COP next weekend.
After two days of training, the singles were held on Saturday on a soft, fast course. Maia Schwinghammer, Raine Haziza, and Jessica Linton found success and qualified for the afternoon Finals, finishing in 6th, 11th, and 13th respectively. Emma and Maya sat on the bubble, but were bumped in the second qualification heat.
Sam Cordell was the only qualifier among the boys and competed strongly for a 20th place finish. Jun Kim placed 38th and Jackson Parsons finished 45th. Club member Kevin Leslie, skiing with the Ontario Team at this event, placed 18th.
The duals were held on Sunday and for many of them, this was their first time in a formal duals setting, with qualifying runs leading to a Round of 16, followed by eliminations. For the girls, the roles reversed from the singles day, with Maya Mikkelsen and Emma Bosco qualifying to the Round of 16. At the end of the day, Emma landed in 13th and Maya in 15th, both ultimately loosing their dual rounds to the eventual 1st and 2nd place finishers. Kevin Leslie placed 11th. Sam Cordell qualified through to the Round of 32. Jackson Parsons placed 32nd and Jun Kim finished 38th.