As Squamish skiers took to the slopes at the latest Timber Tour competition, many earned their place on the podium multiple times.
Chase Capicik earned a triple gold — again. After placing first in the under-16 category for moguls in January, Capicik has consistently earned her spot on the podium by following the first Timber Tour competition of the year with a triple gold at the Mt. Washington competition on Feb. 7 to 10. The young skier took home triple gold at last year’s Timber Tour in Whistler as well.
“She skied very well. It’s like every time she gets in there, she wants to win,” her coach Jeff Fairburn said.
“It was a very challenging course,” he said of the moguls. “It wasn’t ideal and it was a bit of a risky jump at the bottom air with a very short landing space. The athletes actually had to jump pretty high to make it safely around.”
Other Squamish skiers took to the moguls well, with Malica Malherbe scorings a silver in moguls and slopestyle in the under 16 category.
Another Squamish skier earned a triple gold, as Avery Krumme took home the medals in the super youth category for slopestype, moguls and big air girls.
“Avery did really well. Not a regular at the competitions but she came along with one of the other families and took home three gold medals,” said coach John Solomon.
“She was keeping her legs nice a tight, good technique through there. She always pushes. She always wants to go for the five or seven, she’s never happy just doing a 360 and calling it there. That’s what generally helps her out is that willingness to push.”
The Henderson siblings, Findlay and Zoe, brought home two medals each. Both Hendersons earned a silver in moguls and bronze in their big air categories.
Zoe “skied the bumps really cleanly for someone who’s never trained with us,” Solomon said. “She did really well for someone who I think does the race program, she doesn’t normally ski the freestyle.”
Solomon’s advice for skiers going forward in the Timber Tour is “listen to your coaches. Your coaches know what they’re doing, so listen to them.”
Representing Squamish in the under-14 boys’ category was Mattheus Heslop, who took home gold for slopestyle and big air. It’s the newcomer’s second double-gold in the 2019 Timber Tour competition, following his wins on Apex Mountain in January.
The last stop of the Timber Tour is at Silverstar from March 28 to 31. Until then, Capicik has a busy schedule on the road including the Junior Nationals, a Canada Cup, Senior Nationals and her first NorAm appearance.
“It’s a really prestigious event for an athlete at that age to earn a spot to,” Fairburn said of NorAm.
“That’s the real exciting step for her going forward… She’s definitely going to be an athlete to look out for in the future.”