Tahoe City’s Daniels posts top-20 finish at World Juniors | SierraSun.com

Tahoe City’s Daniels posts top-20 finish at World Juniors

MEGEVE, France – Wiley Maple of Aspen, Colo., led the U.S. men in 14th in super G while Nick Daniels of Tahoe City finished 18th on Day 2 of the 2010 FIS Alpine World Junior Championships on Monday.

“Bottom line, we just didn’t perform to our expectations today,” said USSA National Competition Director Walt Evans. “It was solid skiing by everybody, but the snow was quite peely. Will Gregorak said to me, ‘You know I just put my ski on edge and the snow pushed away – the ski didn’t respond for me.’ And they’re just not used to that, they’re used to injected hard surfaces.”

Maple, who was sixth in the downhill at the 2009 World Juniors, put in some extra physical prep time to ready for this winter by moving to Park City in order to train at the newly opened Center of Excellence for the months of July and August and would certainly like to upgrade his ’09 result this weekend.

“What we learned today is going to pay off in the downhill, that’s for sure,” said Evans. “The local French kids who have been on this venue a lot have really capitalized.”

For the second consecutive day a French racer took the top of the podium as Maxence Muzaton posted a winning time of 1:29.71 with Maple 1.35 seconds behind the leader.

German Christina Geiger claimed the women’s slalom victory under the lights in nearby Les Planards as Julia Ford muscled to 25th for the best American result.

Men’s racing now flips to the night venue with slalom Tuesday evening in Les Planards, while women get their first crack at the downhill with the first of two training runs slated for Megeve.

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