Shanley wins first of two U.S. Selection Events
From 2003-06 Laurel Shanley was a regular on the World Cup freestyle circuit.
The Squaw Valley skier may be on her way back to World Cup racing after winning the first of two U.S. Freestyle Selection Events on Wednesday in Winter Park, Colo.
Shanley, 26, overwhelmed the 57-competitor field with her speed and technical skills coming down the mountain. Her first-place score of 23.63 was nearly two points better than runner-up Chelsea Henitiuk of Canada and American Alison DiGravio, who finished third. Shanley was one of only three skiers to race from top to bottom in under 26 seconds.
Americans swept the top three spots in the men’s 77-participant field. Shane Cordeau was first at 25.08, and was followed by Jimmy Discoe at 24.74 and Jeremy Cota at 24.28.
Jay Panther, a former South Lake Tahoe resident and Heavenly Foundation competitor, was 27th at 19.84.
“Training has been going well, and everything is coming together,” Panther said a day before the Selection Events opened.
Current Heavenly Foundation team members Marshall Curtzwiler and Yamato Kashima placed 36th and 62nd, respectively, with scores of 18.55 and 14.67.
After an off-day Thursday, the competitors will return to Winter Park Ski Resort for the second moguls event on Friday. A duals event is scheduled for Saturday.
At stake through the two-day competition are two male and female C team spots on the U.S. Ski Team and berths into upcoming Northern American World Cups at Deer Valley, Utah, and Lake Placid, N.Y.
Fans can follow the action Friday on a live webcast at Urtur.com.
U.S. Freestyle Selection Events
At Winter Park, Colo.
1. Laurel Shanley, Squaw Valley, 23.63
2. Chelsea Henitiuk, Canada, 21.83
3. Alison DiGravio, USA, 21.75
1. Shane Cordeau, USA, 25.08
2. Jimmy Discoe, USA, 24.74
3. Jeremy Cota, USA, 24.28
27. Jay Penther, 19.84
36. Marshall Curtzwiler, 18.55
62. Yamato Kashima, 14.67
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