Ganong, Cohee, Harris lead Tahoe skiers at J2 nationals |

Ganong, Cohee, Harris lead Tahoe skiers at J2 nationals

It was a great week all around for the South Shore and the entire Lake Tahoe region last week at the J2 National Alpine Championships in Sugarloaf, Maine.

Kirkwood’s Nick Cohee grabbed a podium with his second-place finish in the giant slalom and also recorded top finishes in downhill (13th), super-G (22nd) and slalom (33rd). Kirkwood teammate Bryce Wehan finished sixth in the slalom and 22nd in the downhill. He also had a did not finish in both the super-G and giant slalom races, including a lost ski in one of them.

By far the most outstanding performance came from Squaw Valley’s Travis Ganong. He won the super-G, placed third in the slalom and fourth in the giant slalom. His lowest finish of the week was placing eighth in the downhill. No other racer in the field boasted as many top finishes.

Heavenly’s Marty Harris rebounded from two DNFs in the downhill and super-G to grab a podium with his second-place finish in slalom. His two-race time of 1:38.15 was just over a second slower than the winner. Harris also placed seventh in the giant slalom.

Heavenly’s Holly O’Brien placed 16th in the women’s slalom race, but Diamond Peak’s Amy Harris made quite a name for herself in two races. Harris took third in the super-G and fourth in the slalom.

Wehan and Cohee will be competing in this week’s J1/J2 Junior Championships at Snow King in Jackson, Wyo. Kirkwood’s Shane Collins and Charlie Apple will also be competing, as will Heavenly’s Kendall Northrop and Andrea Killebrew for the girls’ races.

Downhill training starts on Thursday with the downhill race scheduled for Saturday. The super-G is on Sunday, the men’s giant slalom on Monday, women’s giant slalom on Tuesday, and the men’s and women’s slalom races on Wednesday.

Heavenly freestyle members in Utah

Several members of Heavenly Ski Foundation’s freestyle team will be participating the next two weeks at the Chevrolet Freestyle Junior Olympics and Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah.

The team left Monday morning for Park City in preparation for the Junior Olympics, which started Tuesday continue through Sunday. Sho Kashima will compete in the single mogul and double moguls races as well as the big air competition. Jimmy Roberts, Luke Palmieri, Marina Palmieri, Hannah Curtzwiler have also qualified for the event and will participate in both mogul races.

The U.S. Freestyle Championships start on March 24 and will conclude on March 26. The single mogul competition is on Thursday, the aerial competition on Friday, then dual moguls are on Saturday.

Heavenly’s Jay Panther joins the field with everyone listed above except Roberts. The championships were originally scheduled for Bogus Basin Mountain Resort in Idaho but had to be moved because of lack of snow. The competition will feature some of the best freestylers in the world.

Among the top athletes expected to compete are 2005 World Cup moguls champion Jeremy Bloom, 2003 World Cup champion and South Shore native Travis Cabral, World Cup moguls winners Toby Dawson, Travis Mayer and Nate Roberts, as well as World Cup aerials leader Jeret “Speedy” Peterson and World Cup aerials winner Ryan St. Onge.

The Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships will air on April 4 at 6 p.m. on the Outdoor Life Network.

J3 Junior Olympics are moved

The Western Region J3 Alpine Junior Olympics, which were scheduled for Thursday through Sunday at Mount Hood, Ore., have now been switched to Snowbird, Utah because of lack of snow in Oregon. The dates, however, haven’t changed.

Heavenly’s Michael Radford, Robbie Souza and Derek Holmgren have been selected for the men’s field, while South Shore resident and Sugar Bowl skier Jake Baker is also scheduled to participate. Heavenly’s Joelle Chevalier, Dana Nott, Christine Pulford have been selected for the women’s field.

Also starting Thursday is the Western Region J4 Festival, which is still being held at Mount Hood. There haven’t been any reports of that event being moved. Heavenly’s Danny Souza and Luc Chevalier have been selected to the men’s field.

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