Snowboarders bag five medals with one event to go

Whitehorse snowboarder Tim Schirmer is on the cusp of reaching double digits. With three medals won this week at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland, the 17-year-old has brought his career total to nine.

Whitehorse snowboarder Tim Schirmer is on the cusp of reaching double digits.

With three medals won this week at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland, the 17-year-old has brought his career total to nine.

Schirmer, who won three medals at the Games in 2012 and 2014, has only the junior male snowboardcross left to go.

“The junior men are very competitive and the ulus could go to anyone, but Tim has rallied a consistent silver position and definitely won the respect of the local shredders,” said Yukon coach Mary Binsted in an email to the News.

Schirmer has won silver in slopestyle and the slalom, and bronze in the rail jam this week.

Those are three of five medals (or “ulus”) won by the team so far.

Teammates Asher Brault and Sammy Mather have both added bronze in juvenile male.

Brault, 14, won bronze in slopestyle and also took fourth in the slalom races.

Mather, 12, took bronze in the rail jam and fourth in the slopestyle.

“Asher Brault and Sammy Mather have each thrown down some personal bests and new tricks,” said Binsted. “An ulu is a strong possibility for either guy in any of our disciplines. Can’t wait to see what they’ll do at their second, third and fourth trips to the AWGs.”

Whitehrose’s Rachel Macintosh, who won two bronze at the 2014 Games, has so far been squeezed out of hardware. She has placed fourth in the slopestyle and the slalom and fifth in the rail jam for junior female.

Teammate Riley Boland has placed fifth in the slopestyle, sixth in the rail jam and slalom in juvenile female.

“Our women’s team span the spectrum with 18-year-old veteran Rachel MacIntosh and 10-year-old rookie Riley Boland. Both girls are charging the course and adding new moves to their repertoire in one of the largest and most competitive women’s AWG fields I’ve ever seen,” said Binsted. “Riley, who is competing against girls who are all five years older than her, was particularly stoked to move up to the fourth position after adding a new jump and rail to her slopestyle run.”

Yukon’s Ethan Davy, who is competing up a division in junior male, has placed sixth in the slalom and seventh in the slopestyle and rail jam.

Thursday’s snowboardcross races were moved to Friday due to blizzard conditions and low visibility at the top of the mountain.

“So the team will enjoy some much-needed recovery time and come back strong for the last race of the Games,” added Binsted.

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