Mehain skis for silver medal

Vernon’s Hannah Mehain pocketed a silver medal Sunday at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

Vernon’s Hannah Mehain pocketed a silver medal Sunday at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

Mehain and teammates Katherine Weaver (North Vancouver), Molly Miller (Kimberley), and Eliza-Jane Kitchen (North Vancouver) finished second in the women’s cross country skiing 4x 3.75km relay at the at Otway Nordic Centre.

The women combined for two legs of classic style and two legs of skate skiing.  In the first transition, Team B.C. was sitting in sixth place when 13-year-old Miller started out on the course.

“I caught the first two athletes pretty quickly and stayed with them until about one kilometer in and then I passed the Ontario skier.  I was happy to know we were in medal contention,” said Miller.

On the third leg, Mehain, 16, continued to gain ground and was in second when she passed off to Kitchen for the final leg.

“I was so shocked to see Hannah come in second and by that amount so I was excited and ready to go,” said Kitchen.  “I was a little scared too because I didn’t want the third place skier to catch up.  I could see the skier ahead and I was thinking just give it for the team.  I thought of all of them and the work they had  just put in. Out on the course, the fans and coaches were amazing running up the hills and cheering us on.”

In women’s curling, Vernon’s Sydney Hofer was lead for Team B.C., 9-8 winners over Alberta Saturday for fifth place. Sarah Daniels of Delta was the B.C. skip.