Rahlves, Anderson take third in Jeep event
Daron Rahlves and Nate Holland didn’t waste any time returning to competition following the Winter Olympics in Torino.
Rahlves, whose best in Italy was a ninth in super-G, finished third in the $150,000 Jeep King of the Mountain World Championships on Sunday at Squaw Valley. Rahlves finished behind former U.S. Ski Team member Casey Puckett of Aspen, Colo., and Czechoslovakia’s Tomas Kraus.
Holland, who finished a disappointing 14th in boardercross at the Olympics, came in fourth behind Canada’s Jasey Jay Anderson, Austria’s Dieter Krassnig and Salt Lake City’s Graham Watanabe.
Two other local athletes performed exceedingly well against the series’ best. U.S. Team member Joanie Anderson of Tahoe Paradise finished third in women’s snowboarding, while Amy Harris of Incline Village came in sixth in women’s skiing.
Watanabe captured the overall title in men’s snowboarding with Puckett of Aspen, Colo., bringing home the coveted honor in the men’s skiing competition. On the women’s side, Winter Olympian Doresia Krings of Austria earned the overall snowboarding championship with Ophelie David of France grabbing the top prize in skiing.
In the women’s snowboard competition, Krings, a World Cup champion, captured the individual event title by defeating Winter Olympian Manuela Riegler of Austria. Riegler reached the championship heat with wins against open qualifier Lynn Ott, who placed second in the 2005 Grand Prix Boardercross, and Anderson. Anderson earned third place by defeating Riegler in the consolation race.
In the women’s skiing event, David concluded in grand style in what may be considered one of the finest seasons in Jeep King of the Mountain history. After wins earlier this season in Crested Butte, Colo., and Sunshine Village, Banff, Canada, she continued her brilliance at Squaw Valley with a victory over defending champion and U.S. Freeskiing Champion Karin Huttary of Austria; open qualifier Elyse Saugstad of Girdwood, Alaska; and Canadian National Ski Team member Anik Demers. Huttary was equally as effective, dismissing Jenny Owens of Australia and Brett Buckles, the 2005 Winter Gravity Games gold medalist, to reach the championship race. Buckles claimed third place by topping Demers in the consolation heat.
The event will be televised by CBS on March 25.
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