Skiercross finale filled with surprises
More than 70 athletes from seven different countries converged this weekend at Squaw Valley for the Second Annual Skiercross World Championships. The race, which featured some of the top skiers in the world, concluded with a couple of unlikely finishes.
Peter Lind overcame tour juggernaut Bill Hudson and Olympic skier Daron Rahlves to claim the men’s division, while Megan Brown triumphed in her first race following a serious back injury earlier in the year.
The competition began on Saturday when, during the time trials, the field of competitors was narrowed to 32 men and 16 women, setting up for the main event that was held on Sunday.
The events on Sunday featured a couple of highly anticipated races, mainly the inevitable match-up of competition favorites Hudson, who’s smoked his opponents all season on the skiercross tour, and Rahlves, who’s just returned from a world-class World Cup season with the United States Ski Team..
The match-up occurred in the second round of competition and concluded with a very unlikely outcome. Hudson’s tips got hooked up with Rahlves’ tails and Hudson dropped. Hudson ended up a with a bump on his head but says that what was hurt the most was [his] pride.
“I had a good time this year, but I was a little disappointed that I didn’t win the last race on my home mountain,” said Hudson, who, despite the fall, won the overall Governing Body of Skiercross Competition World Tour Title and guaranteed himself a trip to the 2001 X-games in Mt. Snow, Vt.
Rahlves maintained through the tangle, but ended up losing to Lind, a 6-foot, 4-inch, 215 pound Swede. Lind ended up winning the overall competition and was awarded $5,000
“It was great that a Swede won,” event organizer Chris “Uncle E” Ernst said. “It gives [the competition] a true international flare.”
The winner in the women’s division was Brown from Park City, Utah. Brown was injured during the 2000 winter X-games earlier this year when she fractured her back. The race this weekend was her first since the injury. Brown was also awarded $5,000.
Christy Kromer was awarded the GBSC World Tour Title in the women’s division.
Rahlves finished second in the men’s division, Anders Wiggerud, another Swede, took third and Sean Clark finished in fourth place at the competition.
Chiara Lawrence was the second-place finisher in the women’s division, followed by April Mancuso and Patti Sherman Kauf.
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