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Vail’s Kildow shines at Nationals

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Vail’s Lindsey Kildow won the women’s combined title mixing downhill and slalom – while the gold medal in men’s combined went to Bode Miller Sunday, March 23 at the Chevy Truck U.S. Alpine Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.”It was good, I just wanted to finish the slalom and I didn’t really expect it,” Kildow told The Vail Trail. “It was definitely a nice finish to the year.”Miller and Kristina Koznick claimed slalom gold the same day in tricky conditions with rapidly softening snow.ESPN will televise coverage from the championships at Whiteface Mountain Wednesday, April 2 at 1 p.m. MST.Koznick, who had the fastest time on each run, won her fifth U.S. slalom championship in 2:07.56, with Katie Hitchcock second (2:09.94), and Vail’s Sarah Schleper, surviving a near spill four gates from the end, third in 2:09.95.Vail’s Kildow claimed another National medal Wednesday, March 26, finishing third behind Julia Mancuso and Jonna Mendes in the women’s super-G on Whiteface Mountain.ESPN will televise the super-G Friday, April 4 at 11 a.m. MST.Mendes, bronze medalist in super-G last month at the World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, finished second in 1:21.89, with Vail’s Kildow third with a time of 1:22.On March 19, Mancuso won the downhill, Kildow was second and Mendes finished third as rain, which had been expected into mid-morning, stopped by dawn.The championships also are serving as the national J1 championships. Mancuso and Kildow repeated as junior gold and silver medalists.U.S. snowboardersuspended fordrug violationTara Zwink, a 30-year-old snowboarder from Government Camp, Ore., has been suspended from competition for two years after testing positive for marijuana, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the independent anti-drug agency for Olympic sports in the United States. Zwink’s positive test came after the Jan. 11 Snowboard Grand Prix in Breckenridge.The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will carry out the sanction. Zwink’s suspension comes five years after Olympic gold medalist Ross Rebagliati tested positive for marijuana during the 1998 Nagano Olympics. The International Olympic Committee stripped Rebagliati of his medal, but an appeal later overturned that decision.Snowshoe Shuffle setfor April 5Snowshoe and outdoor enthusiasts can celebrate a decade of helping women with cancer at the 10th Annual Snowshoe Shuffle at Vail Mountain Saturday, April 5.The Snowshoe Shuffle is the largest snowshoe race in North America and features competitive 10K and 5K races as well as non-competitive 5K and one-mile events at the top of Vail Mountain.The event attracts more than 1,000 participants of all ages and abilities from more than 26 states, Canada and Europe. Five percent of participants are cancer survivors, while 70 percent run or walk in honor of someone who has suffered from cancer, survived cancer or lost a life to cancer.The race is presented by the Vail Valley Medical Center and the cost is $30 for adults to participate in the 10k or 5k races; and $25 for kids ages six through 17 to participate in the 10k or 5k races. Kids five and under are free.Shufflers may register in person at Alpine Bank locations in Dillon, Avon, Gypsum, Eagle, Edwards, Vail, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain. Tickets to the community and pre-race dinner can be purchased by contacting the Vail Valley Medical Center.For more information and to register for the Snowshoe Shuffle, visit http://www.bkbltd.com or contact the Vail Valley Medical Center at (970) 569-7485.Breck to host ski endurance raceA-Basin has its famed Enduro, but skiers and snowboarders looking for a similar challenge should plan on heading for Breckenridge Monday, April 14 to participate in the first-ever E-Chair Challenge. Like A-Basin’s Enduro, the Breck race will feature two-person teams in a seven-hour marathon through the steep, bump-riddled terrain on Peak 9. The team skiing the most laps wins.The race has been put together by Rick Banack, owner of Breck’s Avalanche Sports, along with local skiers Ryan Behnke and Tom Halmos. The inaugural edition was originally planned for last season, but was canned due to a thin snowpack. Recent storms have left Breck with a 77- to 91-inch base, so there should be no cancellation this season.For more information and registration, call (970) 453-1461 or (970) 331-6435. Cost is $100 per team.


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