Demsar repeats as Lord of Boards |

Demsar repeats as Lord of Boards

Is it possible that Janez Demsar’s family and business are expanding just to make it more difficult for him to win the annual Lord of the Boards competition?

Demsar and wife, Stephanie, now have two boys – 18-month-old Janez Jr. and 1-month-old Lucas – and a business, Demo Tours, that is growing faster than his children. Incidentally, the former Slovenian National Ski Team member also owns a second straight overall Lord of the Boards title and another spot in the Winter X Games.

“Between raising a family and business, it’s pretty insane,” said Demsar, who clinched the title Sunday at Alpine Meadows by winning telecross and finishing runner-up in skiercross. “It gets me out on the mountain to distract my mind from business and family. It gives me a fresh energy to come back and focus on the more important things in life.”

A third facet of the competition – boardercross – makes it extremely difficult for riders to place consistently in all three events over a single weekend.

“It’s a game of consistency, so you have to be there every time and place well every time,” said Demsar, who was 13th in the 2000 X Games skiercross and 16th in the 2000 Gravity Games skiercross. “You can’t fall or make any major mistakes to stay in it for the overall.”

X Games skiercross regular Mike Dill of South Lake Tahoe shares many of the same competitions with Demsar. He marvels at his friend’s rapid learning curve in telecross and boardercross.

“A lot of guys try to fake it in tele or snowboarding. Janez has taken the time to learn all the disciplines,” Dill said. “In roughly a two- to three-year period, he’s been able to go from beginner to expert. He’s keeping up with guys who have been snowboarding for 10 to 15 years.”

Dill, who was regrettably making his debut in the three-resort series, passed the idle time after his skiercross elimination Sunday by skiing alongside the course in the finals so he could get a feel for the intensity.

“In the finals, just like the semifinals, he came out of the gate fifth, but he went from fifth to second. His level of aggressiveness was unbelievable,” said Dill, who was second overall at Alpine. “After following him down the course, I told him, ‘You’re the man, and I don’t mind losing to you.’ “

The final chance to compete brought out some of the area’s big snowsports guns besides: Bill Hudson, a former U.S. Ski Team member, won Sunday’s skiercross and Corley Howard of Sierra-at-Tahoe came in third; and Jim Morrison of Squaw Valley was runner-up to Demsar for the series overall.

Sarah John came close to giving the South Shore a clean sweep of the series overall titles. John was runner-up in the women’s class.

The series also made stops at Sugar Bowl in January and Homewood in February.

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