Demsar ninth at championships |

Demsar ninth at championships

South Shore extreme skier Yanez Demsar finished in ninth place overall at the World Extreme Championships, which ended Tuesday in Valdez, Alaska.

Poor weather conditions caused the cancellation of the men’s third and final day of competition on Tuesday. Demsar, who was 15th after Sunday, bolted to the ninth with a solid fifth-place performance on Monday.

Demsar said his goal going into his second championships was to finish higher than last year’s 10th.

“I definitely came out with a different approach. I skied safely and got used to the big mountains, which was an intimidating factor (last year). I’m totally satisfied,” Demsar said. “Now that my name is getting established in the world of extreme skiing and I’m getting more experience, I hope to go for a top-5 next year.”

Crested Butte’s Brandt Moles and Dave Swanwick finished one-two, while Squaw Valley’s Aaron McGovern was third. Squaw female competitor Ana Kanarowski, who fell off a 60-foot cliff on Monday, was listed in stable condition at an Anchorage hospital with a lacerated liver, according to Demsar, who said she was lucky to be alive.

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