Part-time Wilmington resident Beatrix Lever was named the top Canadian female skier under 16 at the Whistler Cup in British Columbia this past weekend.
Lever, who is part of the New York Ski Educational Foundation program at Whiteface Mountain, received the Nancy Green Award after getting three top 10 finishes at the international competition that included skiers from more than 20 countries.
"I was thrilled," she told the Lake Placid News by phone Monday. "I was extremely happy about that. I think David Smith, my coach, helped a lot and also skiing alongside Cecily (Decker), pushing each other. The fact that we were both the best U-16 skiers in our respective countries was very amazing."
Beatrix Lever, shown here skiing in the Eastern Championships at Whiteface Mountain in March, was named the top female Canadian skier under 16 years old at the Whistler Cup Sunday in British Columbia. Lever had three top 10 finishes in the international competition.
(Lake Placid News file photo — Mike Lynch)
Decker, who also is part of NYSEF, was named the top overall U-16 skier at the National Junior Championships in Park City, Utah last week after winning the super-G and dual slalom events. That gives the NYSEF program at Whiteface the top female 15-year-old skier in both the United States and Canada.
Lever attends high school in Montreal, but usually spends four days a week at Whiteface Mountain training with the NYSEF program. Her parents have a second home in Wilmington. She's been in the program since age 7.
"I've been skiing alongside Cecily Decker since the beginning," Lever said. "I was very, very proud of her finishes at the nationals."
At the Whistler Cup, Lever took fourth in the super-G on Friday with a time of time of 1:06.35, one hundredth of a second behind Norway's Josefine Selvaag, who took home the bronze. Norway's Vickoff Lie Kajsa came in second in 1:06.25 and Vicktoria Habersatter came in first in 1:06:13. The race was only one run.
On Saturday, Lever finished eighth in the giant slalom with runs of 58.77 and 1:01.33 for a combined time of 2:00.10. The gold medal in that race went to Habersatter who had a time of 1:54.26.
In Sunday's slalom, Lever took 10th place with times of 52.23 and 54.39 for a total of 1:46.62. Austria's Nadine Fest won gold in 1:42.43.
"It was pretty exciting," Lever said. "It was really nice to meet athletes from all around the world and compare myself to how I stand in the world."
Lever made the Canadian team by placing first in super-G and third in the giant slalom in the U-16 division at the Can-Am races at Mont Tremblant, northwest of Montreal, in late March. Those races included top skiers from the eastern U.S. and Canada.
Lever was very proud to compete in the Whistler Cup and pointed out that American super-G silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid competed at the event when he was younger. So have many skiers on the World Cup level, she said. It was by far the biggest race she's competed in.
"It was the first race that I had to take a plane to get to," she said.