Rahlves second in ski cross; Palmer is top snowboarder
Truckee’s Daron Rahlves finished second behind Lars Lewin of Sweden in the first Jeep King of the Mountain ski cross competition of the season at Telluride, Colo., on Saturday.
Lewin held off a late charge by Rahlves, the most accomplished speed-event racer in U.S. history, to win the tightly contested race. Tomas Kraus (Czech Republic) finished third and Enak Gavaggio (France) fourth, while Errol Kerr of Squaw Valley placed sixth.
In the women’s competition, Anik Demers-Wild of Truckee placed fourth behind Ophelie David (France), Karin Huttary (Austria) and Magdalena Jonsson (Sweden).
The field was made up of athletes from 11 nations, including the No. 1 ranked men’s and women’s ski cross racers in the FIS World Cup standings, joined by other Olympians, X Games medal winners and World and National champions. The challengers were competing for a share of the season-long cash pay out topping $250,000.
Coverage of the action from Telluride will be televised to a national broadcast audience on Dec. 29 and January 12 on CBS Sports.
Extreme sport legend Shaun Palmer of South Lake Tahoe won the men’s snowboard cross title at the Jeep King of the Mountain race in Telluride, Colo., on Sunday.
Americans Seth Wescott and Graham Watanabe placed second and third, and Nate Holland of Squaw Valley was fourth.
On the women’s side, Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis of Stratton Mountain, Vt., won the title, and was followed by Maelle Ricker and Dominique Maltais of Canada.
The Jeep King of the Mountain heads to Squaw Valley USA, on Feb. 8-10 before the grand finale in Sun Valley, Idaho, on March 14-16.