Tahoe athletes represent at 48Straight
Squaw Valley snowboarder Nate Holland edged South Lake Tahoe legend Shaun Palmer in the snowboard cross finals of the Jeep King of the Mountain/48Straight competition at Sun Valley, Idaho, on Friday. In placing second, however, Palmer held on for the overall crown after winning the first two events at Telluride, Colo., and Squaw Valley.Pat Holland, Nate Hollands younger brother, finished third in the final snowboard cross race of the Jeep King of the Mountain competition, which is part of the 48Straight sports, music and entertainment event. Nick Baumgartner of Iron River, Mich., was fourth and Graham Watanabe of Park City, Utah, fifth.It was really tight out there all day, and with the new snow that arrived during the race, you really had to stay in your tracks, said Nate Holland, who recently earned a snowboard cross three-peat at the Winter X Games. It seemed to go from slow motion to a roller coaster ride in that championship run, and I was lucky enough to catch a draft and it all worked out. Im stoked to get the win, and it was great to have my brother Pat finish on the podium alongside me.On the womens side, 19-year-old Callan Chythlook-Sifsof of Girdwood, Alaska, took the top spot over Lynn Neil of Stateline, N.Y., and Joanie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe. Dena Waller, also of South Lake Tahoe, was fourth and Lynn Ott of Bend, Ore., fifth.
Three Truckee skiers raced to top-10 finishes in the final stop of the Jeep King of the Mountain ski cross competition Saturday.Retired U.S. Alpine skier Daron Rahlves, one of the most successful American speed racers in history, finished fourth behind Chris Del Bosco of Vail, Colo., Tomas Kraus of the Czech Republic and Canadian Stanley Hayer. Rahlves was followed by Canadian Davey Barr and Truckees Errol Kerr.Daron Rahlves actually had some better luck out of the start today and probably made one of the best passes all day after the step up, said U.S. coach Tyler Shepherd. Davey Barr made a slight error he was in front of Daron at the time and Daron seized the opportunity to pinch Davey out and smoked the bottom section …Errol Kerr, again, was a lot of fun to watch as he skied really well all day, Shepherd continued. Im not sure what happened out of the start in his semifinal heat, but he just couldnt make the pass for the transfer spot and then ended up doing well in the small final.Canadian Julia Murray captured the top spot in the womens competition, while Truckees Anik Demers-Wild was second. Magdalena Jonsson of Sweden finished third, followed by Jenny Owens of Austria and Michelle Greig of New Zealand.Despite their second- and third-place finishes at Sun Valley, Kraus and Jonsson earned the Jeep King of the Mountain overall titles.- The U.S. Ski Team contributed to this article
Men1. Chris Del Bosco CAN (resident of Vail, Colo.)2. Tomas Kraus CZE3. Stanley Hayer CAN4. Daron Rahlves Truckee5. Davey Barr CAN6. Errol Kerr TruckeeWomen1. Julia Murray CAN2. Anik Demers-Wild Truckee3. Magdalena Jonsson SWE4. Jenny Owens AUS5. Michelle Greig NZLOverall mens champion Tomas KrausOverall womens champion Magdalena Jonsson
Men1. Nate Holland, Squaw Valley2. Shaun Palmer, South Lake Tahoe3. Pat Holland, Tahoe City4. Nick Baumgartner, Iron River, Mich.5. Graham Watanabe, Park City, UtahWomen1. Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, Girdwood, Alaska2. Lynn Neil, Stateline, N.Y.3. Joanie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe4. Dena Waller, South Lake Tahoe5. Lynn Ott, Bend, Ore.Overall Mens Champion Shaun PalmerOverall Womens Champion Callan Chythlook-Sifsof