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Prince George’s Melinda Kobasiuk nabs two top 10s in the Kootenays

Alpine skier represented Canada in BC Cup FIS event
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Melinda Kobasiuk representing the Prince George Alpine Ski Club (via Handout photo)

The Federation of International Skiing (FIS) hosted a junior BC Cup event at Panorama Resort this past weekend and one local racer was well in contention.

Melinda Kobasiuk of the Prince George Alpine Ski Club got to wear the maple leaf with pride on the Kootenay hills at the four-day competition and managed to improve her stock with each passing day.

In the end, the 16-year-old rallied to two top-10 finishes out of nearly three dozen racers representing four different countries in her second event of the 2019-20 season.

Kobasiuk’s best race was the Sunday (Jan. 12) slalom when she claimed ninth place with a two-run combined time of 1:40.33, more than six seconds behind first.

In the same race a day earlier (Jan. 11), she finished 10th with a 1:41.32 two-run slalom final and nine clicks behind the top of the podium.

The giant slaloms on Thursday (Jan. 9) and Friday (Jan. 10) saw Kobasiuk get inside the first 15 racers, going 11th on day one (2:30.57, eight seconds back) and 14th on day two (2:25.78, seven seconds back).

Prince George had two other racers in the BC Cup FIS event and their results are as follows:

Amelie Brulotte

  • DNS = Jan. 9 two-run giant slalom
  • 24th = Jan. 10 two-run giant slalom
  • 18th = Jan. 11 two-run slalom
  • DNF = Jan. 12 two-run slalom

Charlotte Gibson

  • DNS = Jan. 9 two-run giant slalom
  • 13th = Jan. 10 two-run giant slalom
  • DISQ = Jan. 11 two-run slalom
  • DNF = Jan. 12 two-run slalom

Prince George Alpine Ski Club members Isaac Hausot and Zoe Pohl were also on Panorama’s mountains but for a different competition.

The season’s first stage of the TECK Open got underway and the two racers’ results are as follows:

Isaac Hausot

  • 17th = Jan. 9 two-run giant slalom
  • 20th = Jan. 10 two-run giant slalom
  • DNF = Jan. 11 two-run slalom
  • DNF = Jan. 12 two-run slalom

Zoe Pohl

  • DNF = Jan. two-run giant slalom
  • 33rd = Jan. 10 two-run giant slalom
  • 23rd = Jan. 11 two-run slalom
  • 21st = Jan. 12 two-run slalom

The 2020 TECK North Zones begin later this month, Jan. 25 and 26, hosted bu the Lightning Creek Ski Club in Quesnel.




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Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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