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Tim Jitloff second in GS at U.S. Alpine Championships

Nathan Bilow / AP PhotoTruckee's Tim Jitloff leans into the steep hill of the race course as he makes a turn in the men's giant slalom race at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Winter Park, Colo., on Thursday.

WINTER PARK, Colo. and#8212; The U.S. Alpine Championships kicked off Thursday in Winter Park, Colo., with the men’s giant slalom, as Tommy Ford narrowly defended his 2010 title just 0.09 seconds ahead of Truckee’s Tim Jitloff.

World Cup GS champion Ted Ligety finished third.

Ford, who recorded a combined time of 2 minutes, 22.24 seconds on the bumpy, freshly coated course, made his move in the second run after standing third in the first lap. He just edged Jitloff, while a mistake in the middle of the second run pushed first-run leader Ligety three-tenths of a second behind Ford.

and#8220;It feels good [to defend the title],and#8221; said Ford, who secured two World Cup scoring results this season. and#8220;Ted’s been skiing well all year and I’ve been struggling a little bit and it’s just nice to end on that note.and#8221;

Chris Frank, hot off of his super combined win at the Canadian National Championships, just missed the podium in fourth place, 2.20 seconds adrift.

The Winter Park area has recorded more than two feet of new snow in the last four days, including three inches Thursday morning, as representatives from more than 400 of the country’s club programs made their way to end their season in the Colorado Rockies.

This seasonand#8217;s NorAm super G title winner, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, was the top junior in ninth place overall, posting a time of 2:25.03, while Mark Engel of the Sugar Bowl Academy finished 20th in 2:25.85 to lead the Tahoe-area junior contingent.

Bryce Bennett of the Squaw Valley Ski Team finished 34th in 2:29.05, and Adam Barwood of the Sugar Bowl Academy was 52nd in 2:35.03. Craig Marshall and Dylan Brooks of the Sugar Bowl Academy did not finish their second runs.

The Putnam Investments U.S. Alpine Championship competition continues in Winter Park Friday with the womenand#8217;s giant slalom. Menand#8217;s and womenand#8217;s super G races are scheduled for Saturday. Slalom races are slated for Sunday.

For more details, including results, go to http://www.skiracing.com.

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