December 18

High stakes at Panorama

The international skiing stars of the future have been at Panorama this past week.



The international skiing stars of the future have been at Panorama this past week, as the Audi Coupe Nor-Am Cup hit the slopes from Monday, December 10 to Monday, December 17.

The event began with the Ladies’ Super-G on December 12, and in a strange happenstance, no less than three skiers would tie for third place in the event. Canadian Mikaela Tommy and Americans Abby Ghent and Anna Marno all finished with a total time of 58.45 seconds for a third place tie.

In the next event, the Ladies’ super combined, the Canadians took the first of many first place finishes, with Erin Mielzynski claiming top honours, followed by fellow Canadian Roni Remme. Mielzynski continued with fantastic performances as the week went on, taking third place in the Super G, third place in Giant Slalom and finally another first place in Slalom, cementing the 22-year-old’s status as one of Canada’s top rising stars. Mikaela Tommy also had a fantastic week, placing second in Giant Slalom.

On the men’s side, the event didn’t open until Wednesday, December 12, when Canadian Paul Stutz handily won the first Men’s Slalom event. Local skier Martin Grasic also competed, but had a tough couple runs and was unable to finish. Grasic was also unable to finish his runs during the Men’s Giant Slalom competition, but recovered to sit in 63rd place out of 110 racers in the Men’s Super G as of press deadline, with one run left to complete. Grasic also performed well in the Men’s Super Combined, taking 37th place. The top Canadian finisher in Giant Slalom was William St. Germain, who took second, and in Super Combined Canadian Philip Brown finished in third.