After the opening NorAm series last week in Lake Louise, Canada, the tour made the short, two-hour drive to Panorama for more super-G and combined racing Dec. 10-11.
Day one of racing saw the men and women compete in super-G with the men also taking on an afternoon slalom run to make an alpine combined.
For the women, The U.S. Ski Team’s Nina O’Brien emerged victorious with a winning time of 1:22.46 seconds, a razor-slim 0.01 seconds ahead of her good friend and teammate, Tricia Mangan, and American independent racer, Isabella Wright, who tied for second place. Did you know that O’Brien and Mangan are also co-writers of a column here at Ski Racing Media? The Squaw Valley Ski Team’s Alix Wilkinson was the fastest junior on day one, finishing 0.83 seconds back in fifth place.
In the men’s race, former University of Utah standout and current GroundSwell Athletics athlete, Sam DuPratt, captured his second super-G win in a row, taking top honors with a time of 1:17.72 seconds. DuPratt was followed in second place by a pair of Canadians in Sam Mulligan, 0.29 seconds off the pace in second and Brodie Seger, 0.46 seconds back in third. Top junior honors went to the United States’ Kyle Negomir in fifth, 0.66 seconds shy of the win.
In the afternoon’s slalom run to decide the men’s alpine combined, results were shaken up as the tech skiers took center stage and gunned for the podium. At the conclusion of the race, Canada’s Jeffrey Read managed to jump from sixth place after his super-G run to take the win after a blistering slalom performance with a total time of 1:55.11 seconds. Read was followed by Negomir, who climbed into second place, just 0.03 seconds back, and Mulligan, who slipped to third at 0.38 seconds off the pace. DuPratt could only manage to hang on for seventh place after his slalom run. Negomir was also the fastest junior.
Day two in Panorama saw the schedules flipped as the men raced a lone super-G and the women raced both super-G and alpine combined.
American AJ Hurt continued her winning ways from Lake Louise after a DNF in day one, taking the victory in the women’s race with a time of 1:25.52 seconds, besting Norwegian and University of Denver skier, Tuva Norbye, by 0.61 seconds in second place. Mangan landed on the podium for the second day in a row in third, 0.69 seconds back in third. Hurt was also the fastest junior.
The slalom run saw Hurt increase her winning margin to 1.49 seconds over Norbye, taking the alpine combined as well with a total time of 2:08.87 seconds. Following Norbye in third was Mangan, 1.53 seconds back. Hurt remained top junior.
Canada’s Mulligan emerged victorious in day two’s men’s super-G, taking the win in 1:22.36 seconds, 0.22 seconds ahead of Read in second and 0.34 seconds ahead of Negomir in third. Negomir was also the fastest junior.
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Racing in Panorama continues throughout this week with men’s and women’s slalom and giant slalom action taking place until Sunday, Dec. 16.