Squaw’s Bennett, Ganong kick off World Cup season

Local world cup results

Men - Lake Louise

Travis Ganong - 10th slalom, 12th downhill

Bryce Bennett - 23rd slalom, 45th downhill

Women - Killington

Nina O’Brien - 28th giant slalom, DNF slalom

Keely Cashman - DNF giant slalom, DNQ - slalom

AJ Hurt - DNQ giant slalom

The area’s premier alpine skiers took to the slopes for the latest round of World Cup racing last weekend at Killington Ski Resort in Vermont and Lake Louise Ski Resort in Alberta, Canada.

Squaw Valley’s Travis Ganong, 31, posted the best results of any local athlete, posting a 10th-place finish in his first race of the season, the downhill event at Lake Louise.

Germany’s Thomas Dresssen, 26, won the race, which was held on Saturday, with a time of 1 minute, 46.81 seconds. Ganong and Utah’s Steven Nymnan, 37, tied for the fastest among U.S. skiers, finishing the event in 1:48.12. Squaw’s Bryce Bennett, 27, raced to a 23rd place with a time of 1:48.65.

Ganong went on to lead U.S. team in the following day’s super-G event, claiming 12th place with a time of 1:32.77. Bennett finished in 45th with a time of 1:34.19. Austria’s Matthias Mayer captured first place with a time of 1:31.40. Mayer leads in the World Cup standings going into the fourth stop of the season. Skiers are now in Colorado at Beaver Creek Resort for the Xfinity Birds of Prey, which consists of super-G, downhill and giant slalom. Racing is set to begin on Friday.

In women’s World Cup racing, a trio of Squaw Valley athletes made the trip to Killington to compete in giant slalom and slalom.

It would be a tough two days of racing at the highest level for the three young skiers as only Nina O’Brien, 22, made the finals of an event, claiming 28th in Saturday’s giant slalom race. O’Brien wasn’t able to finish her first run of Sunday’s slalom race.

AJ Hurt, 18, competed in giant slalom, but didn’t have a time fast enough to qualify for the finals. Keely Cashman, 20, didn’t finish her giant slalom run, and then didn’t post a fast enough time in slalom to reach the final round of racing.

The women’s tour will now head to Lake Louise for two days of downhill racing, followed by super-G. The first event is scheduled for Friday.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at or 530-550-2643.

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