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Larisa Yurkiw claims women's Canadian downhill title

Larisa Yurkiw edged rival Marie-Michele Gagnon to take the women's national downhill title Sunday at the Canadian alpine skiing championships in Whistler, B.C.

Owen Sound, Ont., native edges rival Marie-Michele Gagnon to win 1st crown in 5 years

Ontario skier Larisa Yurkiw, shown here during the world championships on Feb. 8, won her first Canadian downhill title on Sunday since 2008. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Larisa Yurkiw edged rival Marie-Michele Gagnon to take the women's national downhill title Sunday at the Canadian alpine skiing championships in Whistler, B.C.

Yurkiw, from Owen Sound, Ont., took the title with a time of one minute 4.25 seconds on a fast track at the Dave Murray National Training Centre.

Gagnon, from Lac-Etchemin, Que., was second in 1:04.63.

Yurkiw won her first national title since 2008, when she claimed both the downhill and super-G crowns.

"I'm happy to have it back. It's been a long time and I skied really well today," Yurkiw said. "I risked in the right places and I feel good.

"I just stuck to my plan and tried not to change too much. Sometimes when you are on a track for a few days you start overthinking things and [going into] too much detail can be too much. I try to just keep things simple and I think I did my job."

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