Skiers Stacey Cook, Travis Ganong close season on winning notes
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN ” The U.S. Ski Team’s Stacey Cook, a Truckee native who skis out of Mammoth, took full advantage of racing on her home mountain to win back-to-back Spring Series downhills in the Eastern Sierra on Monday.
Squaw Valley USA skier Travis Ganong completed the U.S. Ski Team clean sweep of first place, also nabbing his second victory in as many days.
Rowmark Academy racer Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) was third Friday and U.S. Development Team racer Wiley Maple (Aspen, Colo.) third Saturday.
Kaylin Richardson (Edina, Minn.) and Keely Kelleher (Big Sky, Mont.) kept the U.S. Women’s Team rolling Friday by finishing second and third, respectively, while Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete Ann West (Boulder, Colo.) and Kirsten Cooper (Eagle, Colo.) stepped it up on Saturday, finishing second and third, respectively.
Saturday’s downhill was the final race in the two-week FIS Spring Series held at Mammoth, which kicked off on April 9 with a slalom victory for Richardson. A pair of giant slalom races followed on Easter weekend with Cook and Kelleher earning a victory each while U.S. Development Team racer Will Gregorak (Longmont, Colo.) and Warner Nickerson (Gilford, N.H.) split the men’s events.
Back-to-back super G races were up next with 2009 World Cup breakout star Erik Fisher (Middleton, Idaho) taking the April 13 race along with fellow U.S. Ski Teamer Megan McJames (Park City, Utah).
After a one-day hold for high winds, Sugar Bowl skier Katie Hitchcock and Jeremy Transue (Hunter, N.Y.) climbed to the top of the podium on April 15 before downhill training kicked in Thursday.
The annual FIS Spring Series at Mammoth is a critical opportunity for North American racers to earn FIS points, which determine their starting positions throughout the season.