South Shore skiers stomp competition at USASA Nationals
April 9, 2009
Nancy Ng and Donna Vano collected two gold medals to lead the South Shore riders, and local skiers Kyle Wallace, Maddie Bowman and Brian Walker grabbed gold at the USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colo.
Ng was first in the master women (30-39) slalom and GS. Her overall time of 59.02 in slalom was nearly 10 seconds faster than the runner-up, and she eclipsed her nearest GS competitor by 5.7 seconds.
Vano kept the gold medals coming in the kahuna women (50-59) class, winning the slalom and GS titles.
Wallace and Walker finished 1-2 in the men’s skier slopestyle event on Tuesday. The duel between South Lake Tahoe residents was a tight one as Wallace’s best run was 75.2, while Walker topped out at 74.5. Their division included 28 competitors.
Walker, however, took his turn on top of the podium on Wednesday, winning the skiercross. He also earned ninth place in halfpipe. As a result, Walker clinched the overall title.
Bowman added a slopestyle title to go along with the halfpipe victory she earned earlier. Bowman was the clear-cut winner, amassing a 19.2-point winning margin over the runner-up. She wrapped up the overall title by placing second in skiercross after posting the fastest qualifying time.
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Amy Purdy, who previously won a bronze medal, captured first place in the adaptive women’s boardercross race.
On Tuesday, Trenton Leonard came in fifth place in the skier boys’ 10-and-under class. He was 4.5 points out of third place. Leonard ended his competitive week with a smile as he finished runner-up in skiercross. Tyler Wattanachinda finished 10th.
For his performances in all of the disciplines, Leonard came away with a silver medal for his class.
In the ruggie boys’ 7-and-under slalom, there were so many local riders near the top it was like a South Tahoe Snowboard Series event at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Anthony Piccinonno was third (67.46), edging out Zennon Chatwin, who was fourth at 68.23 seconds. Joshua Brackett was also in the podium hunt, finishing sixth at 68.78. Brackett had the second-fastest time on his first run.
Piccinonno, Chatwin and Brackett also were in the pack near the top in the GS, finishing fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
In the grommet boys’ 8-9 slalom race, David Riegel was .17 off the podium with his fourth-place two-run time of 59.79. Josiah Brackett finished 13th. Riegel placed ninth in GS, while Brackett was 27th.
Adam Neil of Zephyr Cove collected a pair of podium finishes in the legend men (40-49) division. He was runner-up in the GS and grabbed the third spot on the podium with his collective slalom time of 52.43.
Chris Brackett of South Lake Tahoe placed fifth in GS and seventh in slalom in the master men’s 30-39 division. Zephyr Cove’s Zippy Neil finished seventh in slalom and 10th in GS in the kahuna women’s 50-59 class.
In boardercross racing, Taylor Chatwin of South Lake Tahoe placed fifth and Janessa Brackett finished eighth in the breaker girls’ 12-13 class. Jessica Benefiel of Stateline was 26th. Brackett and Chatwin were ninth and 10th in Wednesday’s slalom race, while Benefiel moved up to 15th.
C.J. Lindner of South Lake Tahoe placed 14th in the skier boys’ 11-15 division, while Stone Merkley of the South Shore placed 15th in skiercross.
In the menehune boys’ 10-11 division halfpipe, Lukias Cook placed ninth, while Liam Loftis finished 49th in a deep breaker boys’ 12-13 class.
Julianne Brackett was 12th in the open women GS class and 21st in halfpipe. Roger Carver of Placerville was fourth in the open men’s class, and Dwayne Davis of South Lake Tahoe was 16th.