Alberta’s Naciuk Crowned Men’s Giant Slalom Champion at the 2009 President’s Choice Canadian K2 Championships
VERNON, BC (April 2, 2009) – As another twenty centimetres of snow fell throughout the day at Silver Star Mountain, 88 of the fastest 13 and 14 year old alpine racers from Canada and the USA braved the challenging Gipsy Queen slope in a battle for the 2009 President’s Choice Canadian K2 Championships giant slalom title.
Tony Naciuk from Alberta came out strongest with a two-run time of 1:42.67. Naciuk achieved the second best run of the morning and the third fastest run of the afternoon, good for the overall victory and his province’s first medal at these championships. Earlier this week, he had realized a solid sixth place result in the super combined.
“I’m really happy to win this medal for my province,” admitted Naciuk. “I had a great day of racing; the snow was perfect, the weather was great, and the courses were awesome. I knew I had a good chance at the podium.”
Gabriel Presseault from Quebec, who set the pace in the first run and enjoyed a 0.10 second lead ahead of Naciuk entering the second run, had to settle for silver with an aggregate time of 1:42.72. Presseault was pushed back to second place overall after skiing the fourth best run of the afternoon.
“I had a really good first run,” said Presseault. “Unfortunately, my second run wasn’t as good. I had the chance to race here last year and I know the hill well so I tried to attack as much in the second run but it was a bit too much. Things didn’t work out as well as I had hoped but I’m still very happy with the result.”
Joel Charron from Ontario rounded out the top three with an aggregate time of 1:43.25. Charron, who was sitting in fourth place after the opening run, managed to win two more spots following a solid second run in which he clocked the second best time.
“I was so excited for the GS race,” said Charron. “I went to bed earlier than usual to be in top form and it paid off because I had a lot of fun in the race. I probably could have had a better result if I hadn’t made a mistake in the first run. Fortunately, I pulled off a strong second run and won a few more places.”
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