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U.S. Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding Association (USCSA) alpine skiers battled through light snowfall in their quest to win a women’s slalom national championship title in Lake Placid, N.Y. In exciting racing that saw several top seeded athletes struggle, Rocky Mountain College (RMC) showed great teamwork.

Lisa Hiltula won the individual slalom title and the Rocky Mountain College women won the overall team title for a second year in a row at the USCSA National Championships. Hiltula was also crowned as the women’s overall national champion. The freshman finished third in the giant slalom competition on Tuesday.

“What a win for the lady Bears! Slalom title and the overall title,” said Rocky Mountain College Head Coach Jerry Wolf. “….The times really don’t show how close it was, one mistake by any of them and the championship would be lost. But that’s ski racing, and today RMC is victorious!”

Speaking about her individual slalom victory, Hiltula said, “I can’t say much else than that this win is the best possible reward for all the hard work that I have done with the RMC ski team this year. However, I think it is far more important that I helped my team achieve an overall victory which brought the ladies’ team the first ever back to back titles. I am proud of my teammates and my coaches as this would be impossible without them. I couldn’t have asked for the better start of my college career!”

Men’s competition continues with the slalom on March 9. Complete results from the women’s competition are available here.

Release courtesy of USCSA and Rocky Mountain College

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