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Kelley, Mielke earn World Cup GS starts at NorAm Finals

Kelley, Mielke earn World Cup GS starts at NorAm Finals{mosimage}With a win and a second-place finish in the final two giant slaloms of the year in Georgian Peaks, Ontario, Kristen Mielke climbed the season giant slalom rankings to finish second overall, earning the World Cup giant slalom start that goes with it.

“I’ve been working very hard towards this so it definitely gives me a boost to continue towards my goal of becoming one of the best in the world,” says Mielke, who, along with her sister, trains with a personal coach.

After finishing third in the standings a year ago, Jessica Kelley, of the USST, made sure that wouldn’t happen again. With a fifth in Thursday’s CIBC Coupe NorAm Cup race, and a third in Friday’s race, Kelley secured the overall giant slalom victory.

Canada’s Sophie Splawinski was the odd women out, as she registered a second and fourth over the two days, but couldn’t top Mielke in the standings. “Being sick definitely caught up to me today,” said Splawinski following the final race.

Fellow Canadian Brigitte Acton registered the win in Friday’s race, moving her up to fourth in the standings.

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