March 6, 2018
By Ben Sewell
Mystery Mountain Winter Park was drenched in sunshine, as alpine skiers competed in their second day of downhill slalom races. Winnipeggers Jack Healey and Hanna Dunlop both raced competitively in day two, crossing the finish lines with the fastest time - claiming the gold medals for the second day in a row.
Dunlop, 15, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was the female gold medal winner yesterday in the alpine dual slalom event.
Healey, 16, also from Winnipeg, Manitoba was the winner of the men’s gold in yesterday’s alpine dual slalom race.
‘This afternoon was a tougher course, and I almost fell, I went down on my hip but I was able to get back up. I was a little angry at that point so I was really charging it and I came through and managed to have the fastest time’.
Alpine Slalom involves skiing between tightly placed poles while descending a hill. The slalom was set up on Mystery Mountain’s ‘Big Birch’ run; with a vertical drop of approximately 200 feet.
In the slalom, Lori Steppler, 15, of Miami, Manitoba captured today’s silver medal. Steppler had a rough day of skiing yesterday, but today was a different story.
‘Honestly, I was impressed with my skiing, I didn’t think that I was going to be getting second. I am so proud of myself. Yesterday, I didn’t do so great …. I had a bunch of crashes. I don’t even know how many wipeouts I had yesterday, maybe three or four, but the dual slalom is one of my favourite races so I can’t be disappointed’.
As she skied off to explore Mystery Mountain Winter Park for some free ski time, she boasted that Mystery Mountain is an amazing hill, and it reminded of her of skiing in the mountains.