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Fisher makes it two-for-two at Apex

Fisher makes it two-for-two at Apex{mosimage}Eric Fisher’s hot streak continued on Feb. 8 when he raced to a second straight NorAm super G victory in Apex, British Columbia. Fisher garnered 100 points for his win and leaped past Canada’s Robbie Dixon, who did not finish, in this season’s CIBC Coupe NorAm super G standings.

The Apex track dispatched much of the first seed at a sweeping left-footed turn near the bottom of the first pitch. This section of the course, known as C Turn, was more difficult than previous days because of high winds and the week’s fastest snow surfaces.

‘It got to a point’ said U.S. NorAm/Europa Cup coach Andrew Cesati, ‘where every coach on the mountain had to radio the start and tell his athletes to dump speed on the right footer before C Turn. … No coach likes to give that course report, and no athlete likes to get it, but it was about the only way to make it down the mountain.’

Fisher’s teammate Jake Zamansky, who dominated January’s NorAm tech series at Hunter Mountain, New York, was among the first-seed survivors and raced to third place, his second-best super G result of the year. Zamansky’s Feb. 8 result helped him stay in front of Fisher in the quest for the overall NorAm title. It also put him in position to make a run at one of the top two spots in the season’s super G standings, which means Zamansky has the potential to earn spots in both tech and speed events on next year’s World Cup circuit.

Canadian Jan Hudec, whose career-best result was a seventh-place World Cup finish in 2004 at Lake Louise, Alberta, continues to show improvement on his road to recovery. Hudec finished the Feb. 8 super G two-tenths of a second behind Fisher in second place. ‘It feels really good to be back’ said Hudec, adding with a sardonic touch, ‘Maybe by the time Canadian championships roll around in March, I can show [Erik Guay and Francois Bourque] a thing or two.’

American Greg Bartels, building on a string of recent speed podiums in Beaver Creek, Colorado, claimed the day’s top-junior honors, finishing sixth overall.

The men’s final NorAm speed events will commence on Feb. 12 at Big Mountain in Montana.

Men’s CIBC Coupe NorAm super G
Feb. 8, 2006

Top 10
Penalty: 21.59
1. Fisher, Erik (USA) 1:14.54
2. Hudec, Jan (CAN) 1:14.77
3. Zamansky, Jake (USA) 1:14.88
4. Sine, Gareth (CAN) 1:15.30
5. Asoian, Nathan (USA) 1:15.30
6. Bartels, Greg (USA) 1:15.97
7. Helie, Louis-Pierre (CAN) 1:16.00
8. Beckmann, Christopher (USA) 1:16.02
9. Brandenburg, Will (USA) 1:16.04
10. Chaddock, Benjamin (CAN) 1:16.42

For complete Feb. 8 results, please click here.

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