Rahlves 4th in U.S. SX World Cup
PARK CITY, Utah ” Two-time X Games gold medalist Casey Puckett finished second and Truckee’s Daron Rahlves fourth Saturday in the first ski cross World Cup held in North America at the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort.
Davey Barr of Canada won the men’s race and Michael Schmid of Switzerland was third. Truckee’s Errol Kerr finished 27th.
Puckett and Schmid were neck and neck for first place until they made slight contact in the middle section of the race, which gave Barr the opportunity to cruise past into first place.
“I was very pleased with the outcome. I was really excited that I had my two top guns, Daron and Casey, in the finals,” said Tyler Shepherd, U.S. ski cross head coach. “I was a little disappointed that my other guys ” Jake (Fiala) and Errol (Kerr) didn’t get a little further on, but I was really happy with (the) outcome.”
Tomas Kraus of the Czech Republic, the World Cup leader, had some trouble in the semifinal heat, finishing third; only the top two skiers advanced. But he went on to compete in the small final for places fifth through eighth, taking fifth in the competition, which was enough for him to retain his lead of the World Cup points.
Rahlves’ fourth-place finish came a week after winning gold in the Winter X Games ski cross on Jan. 27. Kerr, competing in the same Winter X final, finished fifth in his rookie season.
World Cup ski cross has a bit of a break before resuming competitions overseas in Sierra Nevada, Spain. Many of the skiers will be competing in the Jeep King of the Mountain tour ” also called 48Straight ” at Squaw Valley from Feb. 8-11.