Alpine skiing | Bryce Bennett earns three podiums at U.S. Nationals
Bryce Bennett of the Squaw Valley Ski Team recorded quality results throughout the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Winter Park, Colo., this past weekend, including three podium finishes among the junior contingent.
The 19-year-old earned silver among juniors in three different events and#8212; both the super G and the combined on Friday as well as the giant slalom on Sunday and#8212; while he was third in Thursdayand#8217;s slalom. Bennett was eight overall in the super G and 12th in the slalom.
and#8220;We sat around in Quebec for 12 days before and only got in one day of slalom, so I was fired up for Nationals,and#8221; said Bennett, who was named to the U.S. Ski Teamand#8217;s Development Team at the end of last season. and#8220;I just tried to ski my best, and it went well. I didnand#8217;t really have any expectations. I just focused on skiing the best I could.and#8221;
Tim Jitloff of Truckee finished fourth overall in the GS, which was won by Robby Kelley as Robert Cone was the top junior. Christopher McKenna was the third junior behind Bennett.
Despite narrowly missing the super G win Friday, Tommy Ford collected the eighth national title with gold in the combined. Michael Ankeny won men’s silver and Will Brandenburg the bronze, while Ryan Cochran-Siegle was the top junior ahead of Bennett. Marco Sullivan of Squaw Valley was seventh and Jitloff 13th.
Ford also claimed gold in the slalom, while Canadian Dustin Cook won the super G.
Among other Tahoe-area junior racers, Dylan Brooks finished 21st overall in the super G, Scott Cooper was 42nd and Max Hall 46th.
Bennett took 20th overall in the GS as former teammate Keith Moffatt was 25th, Brooks 31st and Thomas Robles 41st. In the slalom, Ty Sprock finished 22nd, Erik Arvidsson 31st, Hall 33rd, Cooper 44th and Brooks 47th. Their places among junior racers were not available.
and#8220;It was good to hang out with those guys,and#8221; Bennett said of the Tahoe gang, referring also to former Squaw teammate Travis Ganong.
and#8212; The U.S. Ski Team contributed to this report