Europeans dominate NorAm races at Winter Park |

Europeans dominate NorAm races at Winter Park

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News

Some of the best women skiers in the world raced at Winter Park Resort during the final two days of slalom competition during the FIS NorAm Cup last weekend.

In Friday’s race, Austria’s Kathrin Zettel sped to victory. She took the win after two runs with a combined time of 1:36.30 against a field of 50 finishers.

The runner-up in Friday’s slalom was Therese Borssen of Sweden with 1:36.46 while Germany’s Susanne Riesch placed third in 1:36.97.

The U.S. Ski Team’s Hailey Duke finished fifth Friday with a time of 1:37.58, followed by her teammate Sterling Grant who finished sixth with 1:37.66.

In Saturday’s second day of women’s slalom racing, it was Germany’s Susanne Riesch who won the top spot on the victory stand. She finished in first place with a combined time after two runs of 1:37.02.

Second place in Saturday’s slalom was taken by Veronika Zuzulova of Slovokia who skied a combined time of 1:37.06. Finishing third was Austria’s Michaela Kirchgasser who raced a time of 1:37.16.

The top finisher for the U.S. Ski Team in Saturday’s slalom was Kiley Staples who took 11th place in the field of 47 finishers with a time of 1:39.42.

Two young skiers from the Winter Park Competition Center’s ski team also competed in the two days of women’s slalom. Molly Leonard and Chelsea Nova raced both Friday and Saturday, but did not qualify for second runs.

The FIS (Federation of International Skiing) NorAm Cup slalom races at Winter Park Resort featured top skiers from 17 nations. The four-day competition, which started last Wednesday, was the season-opening event for the NorAm Cup series.

In the first day of NorAm Cup held last Wednesday, the men’s slalom saw Thomas Fanara of France’s World Cup team race away with the victory with a combined time after two slalom runs of 1:31.62. The U.S. Ski Team’s Paul McDonald and Cody Marshall finished second and third, respectively, about a second behind Fanara.

The winner of Thursday’s slalom was Canada’s Patrick Biggs, who earned first place with a time of 1:40.19. Jimmy Cochran of the U.S. Ski Team took the runner-up spot with 1:40.33. Third place went to Japan’s Naoki Yuasa with 1:40.35.

Two Winter Park Competition Center skiers made the cut in the second day of FIS NorAm Cup men’s slalom races. Spencer Nelson and Nicholas Stenicka took 47th and 48th place respectively in Thursday’s races.

Nelson, a senior at Middle Park High School in Granby, placed 47th with a combined time after two runs of 1:53.57. Stenicka, a sophomore at Middle Park, skied a combined time of 1:59.75 for 48th place.