Roni Remme was crowned President's Choice K2 Canadian champion in super combined champion after winning Monday’s race in a time one minute, 15.25 seconds.
Remme, from Collingwood and the National Ski Academy, narrowly beat out Ontario teammate Liz Currie, who took the silver medal on her home club hill.
Currie was only one-tenth of a second back in the super-G and finished with a combined time of 1.16.64; in third spot was Valerie Grenier, from Quebec, in 1.17.45.
Both Remme and Currie received loud cheers from the Ontario crowd at the finish and congratulated each other.
“It is great how Lizzie and I are battling it out this year and that we can both stand on the podium today,” said Remme, the second-year K2 racer. “The course was great, the skiing is actually much better than you would think in this warm weather. The course workers did a great job keeping the snow hard. The SG was super bumpy but no huge ruts and the slalom was a super-fast set, we really had to charge to win.”
Roni admitted to running on pure adrenaline in Monday’s race. She was the lone K2 Canadian to attend this past weekend’s Children’s FIS race - Topolino – in Italy. She flew home just yesterday from a week in Europe.
“I’m not that tired considering, but lately it is just skiing non-stop, you have to push it, everything counts so I just keep on going,” he said.
For Currie, the silver medal follows her recent K2 Provincial title for Ontario. “I feel pretty good, maybe I could have charged a bit more but I’m thrilled – slalom is not my specialty so this is a great result for me,” she said.
Top 10 women: 1. Roni Remme, ON, 1.15.25; 2. Liz Currie, ON, 1.16.64; 3. V.Grenier, SQA, 1.17.45; 4. K.Vincent, ON, 1.17.91; 5. M.Henry, BC, 118.17; 6. E.Boulanger, SQA, 1.18.33; 7. K.Steeves, BC, 1.18.46; 8. A.Skovran, USA, 1.18.53; 9. E.Woodhouse, ON, 1.18.71; 10. M.Fortier, SQA, 1.19.03.
In the men’s race, USA skier Wyatt Queirolo, from Killington, Vermont, took the super-G in a time of 44.90. Following Queriolo in second spot was Alberta’s Mike Gillespie, in 45.29, and Walton William, of B.C., in 45.36.
Wyatt is one of 14 racers here from the United States this week. It is his first time racing in Canada.
“My race was good, I was lucky enough to have a rerun so I got to fix a few of my earlier mistakes in the top half of the course,” said Quierolo. “The set was fairly simple except for a very tricky gate at the end. I knew I had to tighten my line, fix my balance and move forward – lucky for me it worked out OK.”
Queirolo is just coming off the Vermont State Championships win for the J3 category and is aiming to hit the podium again this week.
Top 10 men: 1. W.Queirolo, USA, 44.90; 2. M.Gillespie, ALTA, 45.29; 3. W.Walton, B.C., 45.36; 4. J.Gougeon, ON, 45.39; 5. T.Leger, SASK, 45.53; 6. B.Throm, USA, 46.60; 7. M. Stamler, USA, 45.63; 8. F.Laliberte, SQA, 45.71; 9. E. Fraysse, SQA, 45.83; 10. S.Mulligan, BC, 45.95.
Conditions while tough - with a morning temperature of 1+ - responded well to the efforts of more than 30 course workers. The morning rain moved off to the East as the sun emerged just in time for the ladies’ slalom. Cooler temperatures are expected starting tonight, including snow later in the week.
The 2011 President’s Choice K2 Canadian Championships, will crown the Canadian champions in slalom and giant slalom, super-G and super combined.