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Travis Ganong wins U.S. super G title

Sun Staff and U.S. Ski Team report

Charles Krupa/AP PhotoTravis Ganong of Squaw Valley competes in the men's super G race at the U.S. Alpine Championships at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday. Ganong won the race to earn his second U.S. Alpine title of the year.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. and#8212; Squaw Valley skier Travis Ganong won his second national title Saturday when he raced to a top finish in the Visa U.S. Alpine Championships super G race at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The 21-year-old Ganong also won the U.S. downhill title at Aspen, Colo., in February.

On Saturday Ganong led the field by nearly a second, posting a time of 1:05.34, while 2010 Olympic Alpine Team member Will Brandenburg finished second (1:06.20) and Warner Nickerson rounded out the podium in third (1:06.42). Tim Jitliff and Tommy Ford finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

and#8220;Itand#8217;s warm out here, so thereand#8217;s definitely an advantage of running first,and#8221; Ganong said. and#8220;When itand#8217;s like that, the track is smooth. I skied pretty well, I nailed all of my marks. It was fun.and#8221;

Last month following his U.S. downhill title, Ganong said he entered this season feeling extra motivated after being demoted from the U.S. Ski Teamand#8217;s C Team.

and#8220;I was told by the U.S. Ski Team that I was going to be on my own, so that kind of re-motivated me to really work harder and want it more,and#8221; Ganong said in a Sierra Sun interview. and#8220;Itand#8217;s a combination of that and switching to Atomic skis and just getting stronger.and#8221;

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Ganongand#8217;s super G title comes at the end of a breakout year, as he earned enough World Cup points to secure a starting spot in next seasonand#8217;s World Cup super Gs and downhills. He entered this season having never started a World Cup race.

In the womenand#8217;s super G championship, Keely Kelleher of Big Sky, Mont., won her first U.S. title, and was trailed by Chelsea Marshall and Laurenne Ross.

2010 Visa U.S. Alpine Championships

Lake Placid, NY

March 20, 2010

Super G

Men

1. Travis Ganong, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:05.34

2. Will Brandenburg, Spokane, WA, 1:06.20

3. Warner Nickerson, Gilford, NH, 1:06.42

4. Tim Jitloff, Reno, NV, 1:06.44

5. Tommy Ford, Bend, OR, 1:06.73 1:06.74

Women

1. Keely Kelleher, Big Sky, MT, 1:06.31

2. Chelsea Marshall, Pittsfield, VT, 1:06.67

3. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, OR, 1:06.70

4. Katie Hitchcock, Sacramento, CA, 1:06.85

5. Megan McJames, Park City, UT, 1:06.93