The Strides of March
Lindsey Vonn needs to consider two options: Purchase a house with five fireplaces
so she will have enough mantelpieces on which to display her ever growing collection of crystal globes, or, make a phone call to Cal Ripken Jr. and ask to drop by and
see his trophy room! Whatever her choice, Vonn has given her fans a spectacular
season, and it is not over yet. With six races left, Vonn could win another overall title.
Yes, four of those are technical events, so her chances aren’t quite as good, but who
knows? She is a competitor and things could fall her way.
Overall it was a great couple of weekends for the women’s speed team. Virtually all
the members are stepping it up as the season hurtles toward its conclusion. Julia Mancuso is ending a terrific winter that is among her best ever. Laurenne Ross (pictured
below), the dreadlocked speedster from Mount Bachelor, Ore., garnered her best finish ever. Stacey Cook and Leanne Smith raced their way to the Lenzerheide World
Cup Finals; and had Alice McKennis and Chelsea Marshall stayed healthy, they may
well have qualified, too. Remarkable! Eric Williams brings the latest women’s news to
you and prefaces what could happen as the season draws to a close.
Senior Editor Hank McKee is chortling away about having to tell you what fun it is to
report the dazzling race Vermont’s Nolan Kasper laid down in Kranjska Gora. It was
the first non-Miller/Ligety U.S. World Cup slalom podium in 23 years! Kasper’s coach,
Sasha Rearick, said to McKee,“On the bottom that was some of the most impressive
skiing of the season by any athlete on the World Cup.” Now, that is a compliment even
veteran World Cup fans don’t receive from any coach. It’s an outstanding result for
a second-year World Cup athlete. McKee covers the race and updates you on Ted
Ligety’s quest for yet another giant slalom title as well as on what might occur in Finals
with most of the men’s globes much in contention.
In alpine racing, March is the month. Both juniors and colleges are going at it full on.
The Junior Olympics have started, and the results are pouring in, as are some great
pictures. Justin Gottlieb reports on the Junior Olympians from the Central Division,
which has been prolific in producing ski team athletes. Daniel Demschar, son of former
Oh, and while most of you will not know it, Marriott took over spon-
sorship of the Junior Olympics nationwide. If you need a hotel room
somewhere, grab one of theirs to say thanks for the sponsorship.
Bill McCollom talked to a group of masters who went to Andorra to
the FIS World Masters Criterium and apparently had a ball despite the
language barrier. One contestant described the event as being like a
World Cup, with great finish areas and start tents. In his Finish Line
column, McCollom talks with Kelly Brush, who, in the years after her
life-altering racing accident, has been an inspiration to us all. It is a
OK, that is just a bit of what is in this issue. But remember, March is
March. NCAA Champs, USCSA Champs, more Junior Olympics and
World Cup Finals all cram themselves into the next several weeks.
Keep up with the news on Ski Racing’s website skiracing.com or on
Enjoy spring and ski fast. — G.B. Jr.
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