Brown secures NorAm GS title at Mont St. Marie
The final leg of the NorAm circuit is underway in Quebec, Canada. The men’s giant slalom finals at Mont St. Marie and women’s slalom finals at Val St. Come finished on Saturday. Canada’s Ali Nullmeyer took home the slalom title over a month ago in Colorado, but she extended her lead in the overall competition with two strong days. Phil Brown, another Canadian team member, took home the men’s GS title.
Many European newcomers joined the usual NorAm athletes for the series. France’s Laurie Mougel, who has spent most of her season on the European Cup and the World Cup, took the first slalom with a time of 1:41.18. Nullmeyer finished second, 0.29 seconds back and Adriana Jelinkova from the Netherlands finished in third place, 1.25 second behind.
Nullmeyer took the second race of the series and the final NorAm slalom race of the year. She won the race with an overall time of 1:41.03, using a strong second run to jump ahead of the rest of the field. Canadian Laurence St. Germain of the University of Vermont finished second, 0.93 seconds back and Great Britain’s Alexandra Tilley finished third, 1.92 seconds behind.
Nullmeyer is having a breakout year, skiing in her first FIS World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, coming in 27th place in the slalom. She followed that up with a second-place finish in the FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Are, Sweden.
Nullmeyer won four of the last five slaloms on the NorAm schedule, leaving no doubt in her dominance of the event. She has accumulated an astonishing 720 points in slalom. Laurence St. Germain finished second in the slalom standings with just 285 points. Nullmeyer will be able to gain more experience on the World Cup next season as she has now secured a start in all slalom races. The Canadian has also won two of the last three giant slalom races, and she currently holds the overall lead with 1,140 points, 177 points ahead of American Nina O’Brien.
Numerous World Cup athletes also infiltrated the men’s giant slalom races. U.S. Ski Team athlete Tim Jitloff won the first race on Friday with a time of 1:42.33. His teammate Ryan Cochran Siegle finished in second place, 0.22 seconds back and Canadian Trevor Philp finished third, 0.25 seconds back.
Philp was able to improve overnight and won the second race with a time of 1:46.38. Jitloff was pushed to second place, 0.10 seconds behind, and James Crawford, a regular on the NorAm circuit, finished in third, 0.37 seconds back.
Brown was absent from the podium in the series; he finished in fourth place and seventh place in the final races. He was still able to walk away with the discipline title with 491 points, and has secured a World Cup position in all giant slaloms next season.