Winter Park skiers post solid finishes in season’s first Surefoot Cup races
Grand County, Colorado
The junior skiers of the Winter Park Competition Center earned good first results in the opening races of the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup at Winter Park Resort on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13-14.
The Surefoot is Colorado’s elite alpine ski race series for competitors 15 and older and is a qualifier for the U.S. Alpine National Championships. The annual Surefoot series attracts both junior and senior ski racers from across the nation as well as several foreign nations.
During the first day of men’s giant slalom competition on Saturday, Canada’s Olivier Lacaille was the fastest competitor on the course, winning with a combined time after two runs of 2:14.14.
In the first day’s race, one of Winter Park’s skiers broke into the top 10. Christopher Acosta skied to an eighth-place finish with a time of 2:16.32. The only other Winter Park’s men skier to earn a finish time was Jimmy Hostetler who took an overall 23rd place with 2:22.63.
In the women’s GS on Saturday, France’s Estelle Precherand-Charmet raced to victory with a combined time after two runs of 2:21.17.
Winter Park’s only finisher in the first women’s giant slalom was Tracie Kroneberger who took an overall 14th place with a time of 2:33.06.
The Surefoot competition continued on Sunday with more giant slalom races. In that second day of racing, Winter Park’s junior skiers turned in even better results, including some medal-winning performances.
In the women’s GS on Sunday, Winter Park’s Khyla Burrows skied to an overall third-place finish with a combined time after two runs of 2:32.08.
Sunday’s race was won by Japan’s Kazumi Yasuda with a time of 2:29.60. Second place went to was Lisa Perricone of the University of Colorado with 2:30.33.
Kristina Krone raced to an overall seventh place with a time of 2:35.79. Also earning a top-10 spot was her teammate Rylee Burrows who finished ninth in 2:37.70. Not far behind them was Winter Park’s Tracie Kroneberger who took 15th place in 2:40.37.
More excellent results for the Winter Park team were earned in the men’s giant slalom on Sunday. Christopher Acosta put together two good runs to earn an overall fifth place with a combined time of 2:18.52.
Sunday’s GS for men was won by France’s Gabriel Rivas with a time of 2:16.28. He was followed by Ben Brown of the Loveland Race Club with 2:17.85 while third place went to Robby Kelly of USSA’s Eastern Division with 2:18.04.
Also earning a top-10 finish was Winter Park’s Max Lamb. He earned an overall seventh-place finish with a time of 2:19.01.
The young ski racers of the Winter Park Competition Center team will be back in action Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19-20, as the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup Tour returns to Winter Park Resort.
This Friday’s Surefoot races include a women’s Super Combined race that includes one run of Super G and one run of Slalom. On Saturday, Winter Park Resort will host a Super G for the women and a Super Combined race for the men.
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