Palmer, Anderson represent
The American men and women boardercross teams are considered the most talented and deepest in the world. That reputation strengthened a bit over the weekend, and two South Shore riders were part of the reason.
South Lake Tahoe’s Shaun Palmer held off Squaw Valley’s Nate Holland to win the men’s finals, while Tahoe Paradise’s Joanie Anderson placed second behind Vermont’s Lindsey Jacobellis in the women’s finals at the Jeep King of the Mountain at 48 Straight competition on Friday at Squaw Valley.
Palmer, 39, won his second consecutive Jeep race, with the first victory coming last month in Telluride, Colo.
“Following this morning’s practice session, I felt good and knew that I was on pace,” Palmer said. “I’m not one to float on my own boat, but I think I was pretty good out there today. It felt great to get back-to-back wins, especially in front of my family and friends.”
Americans swept the Jeep King of the Mountain podium for the second straight event. Michigan’s Nick Baumgartner was third.
“The American team is so good and our dynamic as a squad is amazing,” Holland said. “We train against each other every day, and no other country has the depth we have right now.”
Anderson placed second behind Jacobellis, who was coming off her third straight Winter X Games gold medal last month in Aspen, Colo. Austria’s Doris Guenther was third.
In a Chevy U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix event on Sunday in Tamarack, Idaho, Palmer placed second behind Seth Wescott. South Lake Tahoe’s Bobby Minghini placed eighth in the race.
In the men’s skiercross competition on Saturday at Squaw, Truckee’s Errol Kerr placed fifth. He also finished fifth at the Winter X Games. Tomas Kraus of the Czech Republic won the race. France’s Ophelie David won the women’s skiercross race.
In Sunday’s superpipe competition, New Zealand’s Jossi Wells placed first for the men and Canada’s Sarah Burke was first for the women. The snowboard halfpipe competition is today. Qualifying begins at 10:45 a.m.
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