Caroline Calvé wins PGS & PSL Nationals
Team Canada dominated the parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom nationals this week at the S3 Canadian Snowboard Alpine Championships. The host nation took home a total of seven medals in two days that included three gold’s, three silvers and one bronze.
The highlight of the week came today when Caroline Calvé of Lachine, Que. won double gold after coming in first place the women’s PSL contest. Yesterday, Calvé also celebrate her first PGS win of the season.
“I won yesterday in the GS and GS is my favourite discipline. Today, I wasn’t even thinking about results really and I was just riding and enjoying the snow. So I’m glad it ended being me on top of the podium. To be a double Canadian champion is pretty cool. If I look back on all the years that I’ve been snowboarding, every year that I snowboard and I compete is better in terms of results and my consistency. I can only imagine that next year is going to be amazing. Its pretty exciting to finish a season like this and think that it can only get better,” said Calvé.
Ariane Lavigne of Montreal, Que. also had her strongest finish of the season today taking second place. After the awards ceremony Lavigne said, “It was a good day and a nice course. I qualified third and finished second so I’m pretty happy. It’s a good way to end my season being on the podium for nationals and I feel like I’m improving which is the best thing that can happen.”
Today’s third place win went to American rider Madeline Wiencke. Marianne Leeson of Burlington, Ontario finished in fourth place.
In the men’s race, Olympic Champion Jasey-Jay Anderson of Lac-Supérieur, Que. won the gold medal. When asked how it felt it win nationals Anderson said, “It felt fantastic. Everything is always board dependent so when I can win an event I know the board was good for that day.”
Taking second place today was Matthew Morison of Blackstock, Ontario and rounding out the podium in third was Justin Reiter of USA. Indrik Trahan of Trois-Rivières, Que. also had a great day finishing in fourth place.
During yesterday’s parallel giant slalom nationals, Calvé shared the podium with her teammate Marianne Leeson. For Lesson this marked her best finish of the season. Korean rider Hae-rim Jeong joined the Canadians taking third place.
On the men’s side, American rider Justin Reiter won the gold medal. Great Britain’s Adam McLeish took home the silver and the bronze went to Canada’s Matthew Morison.
When asked about the event and the end of this competitive season Morison said, “It was a great day. We had good snow and good racing. Everyone enjoyed themselves. I’m a happy guy. Most of me wishes I had a few World Cup races left. I feel like I came on strong at the end of the season and I could do with a few more races but I guess I’ll have to wait for next season.”