Cartmill dominates FIS super-G
BEAVER CREEK – Welcome back to speed racing Alyssa Cartmill.After racing just technical events for the past three years, Cartmill decided to move back into speed races this year, but you wouldn’t know by watching her race.Tuesday, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Cartmill took first place in the super-G race of the Rocky Mountain FIS Trophy Series on Beaver Creek’s Centennial. Then on Wednesday, she grabbed another podium by finishing second.”I’ve been a slalom and giant slalom specialist, which made this exciting and surprising,” Cartmill said.Cartmill, who is known in racing cirles as “La La,” started Tuesday’s race in the 17th bib.
“I was hoping for a top-five or a top-seven finish,” Cartmill said.While Cartmill was pleased with Tuesday’s first-place finish, she was just as happy to take second Wednesday.”There was a little bit of pressure after my (performance) Tuesday,” Cartmill said.At the beginning of the season, Cartmill wasn’t at the top of her game, but some quality giant slalom finishes, including a win at Eldora, she brought her A-game into the new year.”My coaches are really pleased because I’ve been on a roll,” Cartmill said. “I’m hoping it doesn’t stop and I keep climbing.”
Centennial speedsters In Tuesday’s race, SSCV’s Erika Ghent finished in sixth place, followed by a 13th-place finish on Wednesday. Christa Ghent (12th Tuesday, 16th Wednesday), Laura Littman (18th, 12th), Jenny Banner (11th, 20th) and Georgia Wettlaufer (19th, 23rd) all had top-25 finishes.Alice Ralston, a New Zealander racing for SSCV, came in 30th on Tuesday and 32nd on Wednesday, while Whitney Hilton grabbed 31st on Tuesday.”There were some really good results,” said SSCV director Aldo Radamus. “Each of the girls had some little problems in places, but they had quick results.”For the boys, Bobby Poehling cracked the top 10 on Tuesday, placing eighth. Ross Herr finished 22nd and Rett Smith came in 37th.
Saturday and Sunday the Rocky Mountain series continues at Beaver Creek with downhill races. The girls kick off at 10:30 a.m., and the guys hit the slopes at noon.After this weekend, the skiers will be in British Columbia for a NorAm super-G, then head to Montana for more super-G and downhill.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, ColoradoVail, Colorado