Mendes skiing well, Men still warming up |

Mendes skiing well, Men still warming up

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The United States Women’s Ski Team and Lake Tahoe’s best took to the slopes of Lake Louise, Alberta, Dec. 2 for the Cafe de Columbia World Cup. Jonna Mendes of Heavenly finished 15th in the Super G and was one of only two Americans to score points.

Mendes finished 13th two weeks ago at the Chevy Truck Winternational in Aspen, and started in Lake Louise at 39th, but moved up to 15th after a strong weekend clocking in at 1:13:08 on Saturday.

“It’s been a good weekend, and certainly another good result for Mendes,” U.S. Coach Marjan Cernigoj was quoted as saying at the close of the weekend.

Mendes agreed.

“It’s been a good weekend. Super G’s not my best event, but it’s my favorite – just the one inspection and then you have to go and do it. It’s go time, you have one chance to do it. I skied well in Aspen. I’m confident about my skiing.”

Mendes also aquired her first World Cup top-10 finish on Dec. 1 with a sixth-place finish in the downhill.

Mendes is currently ranked 17th overall, and is the highest standing American in the women’s Alpine overall.

Sugar Bowl’s Daron Rahlves and the U.S. Men’s Alpine Team relished their last few days in the U.S. as they traveled to Beaver Creek, Colo. for competition starting Dec 3. A tough course resulted in a disappointing day for the Americans as Rahlves skied off course after catching an edge and skiing through a gate panel. Rahlves is currently ranked 29th in the men’s overall.

The Cafe de Columbia World Cup moves to Val d’lsere, France Dec. 9 for downhill and giant slalom, while the men will run a slalom in Sestriere, Italy on Dec 11.

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