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The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada • 38

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The Gazettei
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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0-8 The GAZETTE, Montreal. Monday, February 21, 1983 AMATEUR SPORTS Ottawa's Bulau slumps to 1 2th behind Cup leader Amateur Notes Quebec freestylers win titles Nykanen, technically gained little from yesterday's victory. But he did prevent Bulau from making up any ground. Nykanen vaulted 140 metres on his first jump while Bulau was managing only 138, then uncorked jumps of 145 and 147 metres while the Canadian was settling for 137 and 132. Nykanen finished with 354.5 to Hansson's 354.

Bulau had 332.5 poinU for his worst score of the meet. tended to participate in the three-day Vikersund meet until last week when Nykanen suddenly decided to use it as a way of increasing his lead on Bulau. The Canadian changed his plans as well and the event became a showdown for first place. Despite the victory and the huge lead he took In the standings, Nykanen said he considered the world ski-flying championships next weekend in Harrachow, much more watched the young Finn beat Norwegian Olav Hansson by one-half point, while Bulau slumped to a 12th place finish. Bulau entered the competition second in the Cup standings, only 12 points behind the Finn, but Nykan-en's weekend performance left him with 207 World Cup points, while Bulau emerged with 177, tied for second place with Hansson.

Neither Bulau nor Nykanen had in Canada Games just stepping-stone skiing winner takes sport seriously 1 $. i I -7. turn jC:" r-y i V1KERSUND, Norway (UPC) -Matti Nykanen, a 19-year-old council worker from Jyvaskyla, Finland, sprung to his third consecutive victory at a ski-jumping championship yesterday to take a commanding 30-point lead over Canadian Horst Bulau in the World Cup standings. Norwegian King Olav and Marc Hodlcr, President of the International Skiing Federation, were among a knockout crowd of 25,000 who Games' By JANET BROOKS of The Gazette LA BAIE, Que. Catherine Lus-sier of Montreal, winner of the women's slalom ski race Saturday at the Canada Winter Games, gets her skis from Rossignol, bindings from Salomon and boots from Raichle.

Sandy Miller of Watson Lake, Yukon, who placed 17th in the field of 50 skiers, buys her own equipment. Lussicr, 16, has been to European ski camps three times in the last 14 months. Miller, 15, whose combined time for the two runs was one minute, 58.20 seconds, 17.63 seconds behind Lussier, went to Terrace, B.C., to race once this season. Lussier, a grade 11 student, stopped attending regular school this year to concentrate on skiing. She studies independently through Poly-valente George Vanier in Laval, spending her weekdays training at various Laurentian resorts.

Only one hill Miller estimates she has run gates 10 times this season at the Watson Lake Ski Club on the only ski hill in the Yukon, which is serviced by a single rope tow. "Sometimes it's harder to get up than go down," she said. While one of the major purposes of the Canada Games is to provide experience for future international competitors, these skiers from the Yukon, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba will never be on the same team as the Steve Podborskis and Todd Brookers of the sport. And even if the Manitoba skiers were trying to convince people that this was their first race and that they train behind snowmobiles, the inequality of the competition hasn't made the experience less valuable. "I think it's a good experience," said Quebec coach Anne Michaud.

ft. "-glfrmnwtiiW fV! f't fh' Quebec's Jean-Marc Bouchard (white cap) battles Saskatchewan's James Ferguson in important than the competition in Vikersund. "Really this was only training for me. I very much want to do well in the competition at Harrachow," he said. Nykanen placed first by large margins the first two days while Bulau, 20, of Ottawa, was finishing fourth and second respectively.

Since the meet allows skiers to count only the best two of their three placings, "Most of the skiers get on the national team by 17 or 18," she said. "After that, they don't look for them because they're too old. I have to do really well to make it" The women's giant slalom will be run today. In men's slalom yesterday, Quebec swept the first three places. Robert Trottier placed first with a combined time of 1:29.26, Simon Lavoie of Lac Beauport was second in 1:30.74, followed by Paul Parent of Ste.

Adele who finished in 1:30.81. Second easy win Earlier, Denis Brissette of Montreal scored five goals to lead the Quebec men's water polo team to their second consecutive win with a 28-5 pounding of Alberta. Brissette, who now has 12 goals in two games, next week joins the na Alma, Que. course in 56 minutes, 17 seconds. Manitoba's team came second at 56:26 while Quebec took the bronze medal at 56:59.

Robert Trottier, 16, of Brossard, Que. completed the slalom in 1:29.26 to take the gold medal ahead of teammates Simon Lavoie of Lac Beaufort and Paul Parent of Ste. Adele. A gold, two silvers and two bronze medals helped the host province maintain first place in medals standings ahead of Ontario. After two days of competition Quebec had won three golds, three silvers, and three bronze medals while Ontario had three golds, one silver and one bronze.

In the boxing competition, Christ-man, 18, of Medicine Hat, pecked away at his shorter, stockier, Quebec opponent with a quick left jab and was furious when the judges ruled in Courchesne's favor. "It was a wrong decision," said the six-foot-four car reconditioner. "He hit me once in the third round that I felt The rest were all on the arms. I felt I won it I was landing jabs and he was only getting me with the odd punch." In early men's water polo matches, Newfoundland beat Nova Scotia 13-8 and Quebec romped over Alberta 28-5. In women's water polo, Quebec defeated Nova Scotia 14-1 and Manitoba trounced Saskatchewan 12-1.

Quebec and Ontario remained undefeated in volleyball with wins over Saskatchewan and New Brunswick respectively. Alberta beat Nova Scotia to lift its record to 2-1 after three matches. the 32 competitors who completed the two runs. "And we're not with skiers all the time, so we don't have to talk shop. We can talk about other sports or not about sports at all, which is nice." Alhough last, MacDonnell was still able to fulfil her goal for the race.

"I lack experience in a lot of ways," she said. "My goal was to get through the race and be able to say I had a good run. I had trouble with the steep pitch at the start of the course. I missed a gate on the first run and climbed back up to it. After that, I was very pleased with both runs." MacDonnell, who plans to study pharmacy at Dalhousie University in September, is unsure if she will continue competing.

Lussier, who will delay attending CEGEP to concentrate on racing, wants to ski on the national team. World Cup champion Marie-Claude Asselin scored an easy win in the aerial event to nail down the Shell national combined freestyle ski championships yesterday at Val Morin, while Alain Laroche won the men's title by placing second in the aerials. Asselin, 20, of Ste. Agathe, won her third consecutive overall title with a first-place standing in moguls and a second in ballet, as well as her victory in aerials. McGill University athletes were in the spotlight over the weekend.

McGill swimmers captured a Quebec University Athletic Association (QUAA) meet Saturday in Sherbrooke with a total of 435 points. Laval was second with 302 points, while the host school was a distant third with only 69 points. Mac Tesky led the men with firsts in the 200- and freestyle events and the 200-metre breaststroke, while Brian Hasegawa placed first in the 50- and 100-metre free and 100-metre breaststroke. Marie-Jose Cossette added to the McGill onslaught by capturing the 100- and 200-metre freestyle races. Meanwhile, on Friday centre George Burnett became Mc-Gill's first hockey player to win a QUAA scoring title in 10 years when he picked up four points in a 7-4 win over Ottawa.

Burnett completed the season with 14 goals and 52 assists for 66 points, two points ahead of Daniel Rioux of Laval University. Jim Webster was the last McGill scoring champion, in the 1972-73 season. The Sun Youth juvenile basketball team the defending Eastern Canadian champs take on the Concordes in a benefit game tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. at 4251 St. Urbain.

Tight end Nick Arakgi, the team's offensive player of the year, will lead the 'Cordes. European cross-country skiers Saturday dominated the fourth race of the 10 event world loppet series, taking the top five places in the inaugural Gatineau 55 at Hull. Defending world champion Lars Frykberg of Sweden mastered the demanding 55-kilometre (32.5-mile) Gatineau Park course to win in a time of two hours, 54 minutes and 13 seconds nine seconds ahead of Magnar Rismyhr of Norway, the tour's leader. Ola Hassis of Sweden was third. The top Canadian was Ottawa's Geoff Wastneys.

He placed 10th. The first two women to finish were also Canadians. Marie-Andree Mas-son of Victoriaville was 16th, while Monique Waterreus of Whitehorse, Y.T., was 18th. Lubov Zaboloskaya led a Soviet sweep of the top four positions in the women's 10-kilometre cross-country ski race Saturday at the World University Winter Games at Sofia, Bulgaria. Celine Giguere of Beaupre, was the top Canadian, finishing 16th.

Jan Lindvall of Norway won a men's World Cup 50-kilometre cross-country ski race Saturday in Leningrad. Teammate Per Knut Aaland was second, while the Soviet Union's Youri Bourlakov was third. Pierre Harvey of Stone-ham, was 15th in 2.34:156. Sylviane and Patricia Pun-toust, 22-year-old twins from Montreal, yesterday won the Orlando marathon in an identical time. The sisters crossed the finish line in a time of two hours, 41 minutes and 52 seconds to beat 350 top-calibre American Slalom skiers' sweep maintains overall lead "Not only the gold medal but everybody in Canada is going to watch the results.

For the skiers, it's the first time they get to know the Western skiers and the press and television." Skiers who aren't winning gold medals agree on the value of the ex-, perience. "We're making a lot of new friends and trading a lot of clothes and pins," said Denise MacDonnell, 18, of Anti-gonish, N.S., who finished last among UPl UPC water polo. Quebec won 20-1. tional senior team training camp. GAMES NOTES Jean McAllister of Ottawa was the first athlete to win a gold medal she won the women's five-kilometre cross-country ski race Saturday morning.

Josee Auclair of Sherbrooke finished second in the race to win Quebec's first medal Like other regions of Quebec, the Saguenay-Lac St. Jean region has not received its usual quota of snow this year. Two weeks ago, Games' organizers used 25 trucks and spent bringing snow to Mont Belu, site of alpine competition Montrealers Philippe Lahuerte and Lizanne Bussieres, both of Re-gina Mundi, were the male and female winners in the 15-kilometre course des Pichous Saturday in Ctii-coutimi. Hockey Stingers in romp Gilles Hebert scored two goals; as the Concordia Stingers skated, to a 9-2 victory over the Trois-Ri-; vieres Patriotes yesterday at Con-; cordia to grab a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three intercollegiate men's hockey semifinal. Game two will be played to morrow night (7:30 p.m.) at Trois-i Rivieres and, if necessary, the third game will be played Wednes-; day at Concordia.

Kelly Kavic, Marc Lalonde, Brad Hood, John Sliskovic, Randy Edmonds-and Paul Bedard added singles for the Stingers. Michel Chartrand and Gilles La-pointe replied for Trois-Rivieres. "I hope they're all this easy," said Stingers' Coach Paul Arsen-ault "As long as we can keep our guys up for each game we shouldn't have too many prob- lems. "Goaltending could still be factor in the playoffs," added Ar-: senault. "All we have to do is to run into a guy who's hot and 1t could make a difference." The opposition goaltending wasn't a problem in Game One as the Stingers peppered the Trois- Rivieres zone and goalie Daniel Dube with 46 shots.

Concordia goalie Stephane Heon; faced 21 shots. The Chicoutimi Inuks and Laval; Rouge et Or are involved in the 'other semifinal series. CHICOUTIMI, Que. (UPC) Ontario won its snow fight with Quebec by capturing two gold medals in relay cross-country ski events yesterday but Quebecers rebounded to sweep the top three positions in the alpine slalom race, protecting a slim lead in the overall standings at the Canada Winter Games. While the two powerhouses dominated the skiing events, they were also headed to a real slugging match in boxing competition.

Quebec heavyweight Claude Cour-chesne won a controversial 3-2 decision over Alberta's Brian Christman in a semifinal match. Courchesne, already assured at least a silver medal, will face heavily-favored Lennox "Junior" Lewis of Kitchener OnL in the heavyweight final Wednesday. Lewis, 17, six-foot-four, and a rather awesome 200 pounds has been patiently waiting for an opponent His formidable amateur record, compiled in five years of fighting, won him a bye straight to the final. The Ontario men's team easily feated Quebec in the 3x1 0-kilometre cross-country race. Led by David Lumb, who won a silver medal Saturday, and Dave Beedell and Wayne Dustin, Ontario completed the course in one hour, 35 minutes and 37 seconds, almost two minutes ahead of the silver medalist Quebec team.

Saskatchewan took its second bronze medal of the Games with a third-place finish. Ottawa's Jean McAllister, who won the gold in the women's solo event on opening day, led teammates Kelly Rogers and Lisa Mcloche in the 3x5- kilometre relay to complete the Oh, noool Canadians Jim Carr and Clarke Flynn flip during world two-man bobsled championships at Lake Placid Saturday. The team was eliminated and Carr suffered a back injury. Swiss sledders won..

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