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Apex freestyle solid at home

Thomas Pool of the B.C. Pipe and Park team runs through his silver medal-winning routine in the big air competition at the B.C. Freestyle Series event at Apex Mountain Resort on the final day of competition.  - Mark Brett/Western News
Thomas Pool of the B.C. Pipe and Park team runs through his silver medal-winning routine in the big air competition at the B.C. Freestyle Series event at Apex Mountain Resort on the final day of competition.
— image credit: Mark Brett/Western News

Apex Freestyle Ski club members and alumni shone during the B.C. Series event at Apex Mountain.

Between the two, 22 medals were won over the weekend.

Kenni Kuroda, coach of the AFC, said his skiers had an excellent performance and he was glad to see a good showing on home turf.

“It proved we are a force to be reckoned with in freestyle skiing,” said Kuroda.

Kuroda also saw this event as a great opportunity for all the AFC athletes to participate. He was impressed they had 33 of 39 competitors among a field of 158. What Kuroda liked during the weekend is how all his athletes were eager to compete.

“It’s a big contest for some of them because they haven’t competed before,” said Kuroda. “I’m pleased at how well they did and kept it together.”

Below are the results for all the AFC members and its alumni:

Jan. 13

Super Youth – Big Air

F5 (11 and under) – silver – Madison Parker, M5 – bronze – Brayden Kuroda

Slopestyle – 12 years & up

F4 (12 to 13 years) – gold – Kassidy Todd, F4 – silver – Mackenzie Schwinghamer and M2 (16 to 18 years) – silver – Riley Culver – Apex Alumni – BC Pipe & Park Team, M3 (14 to 15 years) – bronze – Dane Franks

Jan. 14

Super Youth – Slopestyle

F5 – silver – Madison Parker

Moguls – 12 years & up

F3 – gold – Mason Barzilay - Apex Alumni – BC Mogul Team, F4 – gold - Mackenzie Schwinghamer, M3 – gold – Connor Spence – Apex Alumni – Whistler Academy, M3 – silver – Jordan Kober, M4 – gold – Kyle Parker, M4 – silver – Matt Finlayson and M4 – bronze – Noah Spence

Jan. 15

Super Youth – Moguls

M7 – gold – Freddy Albrechtson, F5 – silver – Madison Parker, M5 – gold – Brayden Kuroda and M5 – silver – Maxwell Todd

Big Air – 12 years & up

F3 – silver - Mason Barzilay - Apex Alumni – BC Mogul Team, M3 – silver – Josh Visser - Apex Alumni – BC Pipe & Park Team, M3 – bronze – Dane Franks and M4 – silver – Matt Finlayson

Seven-year-old Simon Albrechtson won gold in his age group.

Next up for AFC is the B.C. Series event at Silver Star in Vernon. Because of how the athletes performed last weekend, Kuroda wants to see all his skiers compete in Vernon. With the event coming in early February, this still have a few weeks to train, but only five days on the hill. Area of focus for AFC will be slope style as that is where Kuroda feels they are weakest in.

 

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