More gold for Warren and Hight
Stephanie Warren of South Lake Tahoe and Elena Hight of Zephyr Cove must like the feel and look of gold medals around their necks. They’re settling for nothing less at the USASA National Snowboard Championships this week in Telluride, Colo.
Hight, a Heavenly Foundation member, added boardercross and giant slalom golds to her opening win in the slalom. Competing in the grommet division for 8- and 9-year-old girls, Hight smoked the field in the GS, wining by nearly 19 seconds over two runs. In all three disciplines so far, Corral Warren of Sierra-at-Tahoe has been the runner-up.
Meanwhile, Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Stephanie Warren made it 2-for-2 in gold medals by winning the senior women’s (23-29) slalom. Truckee’s Rachel Newton was a close second, finishing 1.19 seconds behind Warren.
Donna Vano, co-director of the South Tahoe Snowboard Series, won her first gold medal in the boardercross. The winner of six gold medals at last year’s nationals outdueled one other competitior to win the legend women’s boardercross and was fifth in GS.
Following her gold medal in the menehune girls (10-11) slalom, Stacie Anderson of Tahoe Paradise settled for silver medals in the boardercross and GS. Annie Finnegan of Duluth, Minn., won the boardercross, while Carolyn Bell of Ontario, Canada, edged Anderson by .20 in the GS.
Joanie Anderson of Tahoe Paradise secured a bronze medal by finishing third in the breaker girls (12-13) slalom. Her time of 84.21 was nearly 10 seconds behind winner Lindsey Jacobellis of Vermont.
Placerville’s Roger Carver, a Heavenly Foundation member, followed his fifth-place finish in the boadercross with a gold medal in GS – a resounding victory of more than six seconds.
Other standout performances by South Shore snowbarders included: Michelle Rambo, seventh, women’s jams (18-22) slalom; Heidi LaPointe, ninth, women’s jams slalom; Scott Johansen, tied for eighth, masters men’s boardercross, 11th in GS; Michael Chilton, 21st, breaker boys (12-13) slalom; and William Goldenberg, 32nd, breaker boys slalom.
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