Tahoe representatives on U.S. Alpine team making solid showings
The Tahoe Basin is once again represented in the international skiing world, with members from the area making the roster for the 2001 U.S. Alpine ski team.
The Alpine World Cup series began in October and will continue through March, traveling the globe and culminating in the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden.
Daron Rahlves, Sugar Bowl’s skiing ambassador, has gotten off to a decent start this season, as he currently stands in 13th place in the Men’s Super G standings. Rahlves took 13th in the Super-G World Cup event at Lake Louise, Alberta, and 21st in the slalom. His Super-G finish was tops for the U.S. team and his slalom finish was second-best on the team.
Two additional members of the men’s B team, Wisi Betshcart from Heavenly and Marco Sullivan from Tahoe City, have been skiing strong, yet have been unable to score up to this point.
In the women’s competition, Jonna Mendes of Heavenly, Megan Ganong of the Squaw Valley Ski Team and Julia Mancuso, a former Tahoe City resident, combine to form a solid Tahoe presence.
The women’s standings place Mendes at number 43 overall, after placing an impressive 15th with a time of 2:21:57 in Winter Park on Nov 20.
Unfortunately, no Americans finished higher than 13th in the Chevy Truck Super Series, as Mancuso and Ganong did not finish their runs.
Thanksgiving weekend the competition moved to Aspen, Colo., where the U.S. women fared better in the slalom with a third-place finish by Vail skier Kristina Koznick. Mancuso did not finish.
The next men’s World Cup event is Dec. 2-3 at Beaver Creek, Colo., while the next women’s event begins today and goes through Dec. 2 at Lake Louise.
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