North Tahoe’s Hurt skis to slalom win in Italy |

North Tahoe’s Hurt skis to slalom win in Italy

AJ Hurt

Local skier AJ Hurt picked up her first win of 2019 last Wednesday, capturing first place at an International Ski Federation slalom event at Dobbiaco, Italy.

Hurt, 18, currently sits atop the North American Cup standings, but with the next event not scheduled until Feb. 5, the North Tahoe skier has been competing in Italy.

Hurt has been in Italy since Jan. 15. She competed in a World Cup giant slalom event at Kronplatz, but did not finish her run. Hurt then traveled to Val di Fassa to race in a pair of European Cup downhill events, and posted a fourth-place finish during the final day of racing.

This past week, Hurt has been racing at Dobbiaco. She first competed in the National Junior Championships on Tuesday and finished in seventh place in slalom, before putting on a dominant showing the following day in the same event. Hurt would finish her two runs with a combined time of 1 minute, 30.44 seconds to defeat second place, teammate Resi Stiegler, by more than two seconds.

Nina O’Brien, who grew up racing for Squaw Valley Ski Team, competed as well but wasn’t able to finish her second run.

Locals return to World Cup racing

Squaw’s Bryce Bennett returned to World Cup racing last Friday for his first event of 2019.

Bennett, 26, and fellow local, Travis Ganong, 30, were at Wengen, Switzerland last weekend for downhill and combined events. Bennett finished 15th in combined, and raced to fifth place in downhill, while Ganong finished 24th in downhill. Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr won the downhill event, topping Ganong’s time by 0.63.

World Cup racing will continue this weekend at Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Squaw freeskier claims second at World Cup event

Squaw Valley Freestyle & Freeride Team member Eileen Gu, 15, finished in second place at a World Cup slopestyle event in France earlier in the month.

Gu finished the event with 78.03 points, just behind Switzerland’s Sarah Hoefflin, who won the competition with 78.52 points.

Gu’s runner-up finish at Front Romeu on Jan. 12, marked her best result since taking first place in slopestlye at an Australian New Zealand Cup race last August.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at

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