Middle Park skiers make cut at NorAm Cup races in Winter Park
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Two Winter Park Competition Center skiers made the cut in the second day of FIS NorAm Cup men’s slalom races being held at Winter Park Resort this week.
In Thursday’s slalom, Spencer Nelson and Nicholas Stenicka took 47th and 48th place, respectively, in a field of some of the world’s best alpine ski racers.
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.
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.
The first day of NorAm Cup slalom on Wednesday 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 NorAm Cup continues Friday and Saturday with the women’s slalom races, which will feature the U.S. Ski Team’s Resi Stiegler, who almost won her first career World Cup medal in Austria earlier this month.
Winter Park Competition Center skiers Molly Leonard and Chelsea Nova, both of Tabernash, are also expected to race.
Friday and Saturday’s slalom races will begin at 9:30 a.m. The second runs are slated for 12:30 p.m.
The FIS (Federation of International Skiing) NorAm Cup slalom races at Winter Park Resort feature top skiers from 17 nations. The four-day competition is the season-opening event for the NorAm Cup series.
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