Tuesday July 29, 2014






Sports Briefs: Whitman first in Aspen

Murray Mitchell

Yolaine Kampman of the Kamloops Long Blades leads a pack that includes Shivan Bahadur (48) of Ridge Meadows and Barker Shaugnessy of Vernon in a Division 4 race at the New Gold Coyote Cup Challenge speed skating event at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre on Saturday.

Emma Whitman of Kamloops finished first in the women’s slopestyle at the Aspen/Snowmass Freeskiing Open in Colorado on Saturday.

Whitman, 24, earned $1,500 for the victory. She finished on the podium alongside Americans Jamie Crane-Mauzy and Alexi Micinski.

Slopestyle is a freestyle skiing event in which skiers use rails and jumps to perform tricks, and are judged based on their routines.

Her routine Saturday earned 89 points, 1.7 more than Crane-Mauzy and 4.7 more than Micinski.

The course on which the slopestylers competed is the same course that was home to the event at the Winter X Games last month.

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The Kamloops Long Blades won their home New Gold Coyote Cup speed skating event Saturday at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.

It’s the second straight year that the Long Blades have won the Coyote Cup. Along with the title, each Long Blades skater won at least one medal and most hit personal-best times.

The Long Blades are off to the B.C. short track championships in Mission on Saturday and Sunday.

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Josie Spence of the River City Racers earned another top-20 finish at the world junior long track speed skating championships in Collalbo, Italy, on Saturday.

Spence, who had skated into the top 20 in Friday’s 1,500 metres, took 16th in the 3,000m thanks to a time of four minutes 37.24 seconds. Spence, 19, also was 22nd in the 1,000m, finishing in 1:23.65.

Spence also competed in the team pursuit with Calgary’s Kate Hanly and Noemie Fiset of Quebec City — they finished fifth overall, and didn’t qualify for the final.





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