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Del Bosco officially on fire; wins 2nd race

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Eagle-Vail's Chris Del Bosco, in action earlier this season in Val Thorens, France, finished second in Saturday's World Cup ski-cross race in Sweden.
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VAL THORENS, France — Chris Del Bosco’s done a lot of things during his ski cross career, but this isn’t one of them.

The Eagle-Vail native, who races for Team Canada, is off to a fast start. After winning the first World Cup race last weekend at Montafon, Austria, Del Bosco made it 2-for-2 with a win on Friday at Val Thorens, France.

Since he broke in on the tour, back in 2008, Del Bosco has never been a quick starter. Yes, the ski-cross schedule starts in December now, as opposed to January in the early years of his career, but even in his best seasons — 2009-10 and 2010-11 — Del Bosco has never blown out of the gate like this.

The No. 5

His first-career win back on Feb. 6, 2009, — Cypress Mountain, British Columbia, — came in his fifth start of that season. In 2009-10, the first of two seasons Del Bosco finished second in the World Cup ski-cross points, it took him five starts to get that first win, which spurred his run to X Games gold and the Olympics.

In 2010-2011, the year he captured FIS Alpine World Freeskiing Championships gold, want to take a guess how many starts it took Del Bosco to get a win?

Five.

The arc of his successful years has always been a slow start and a peak in January or February. Sitting on the World Cup lead with 200 points is something happily new to Del Bosco.

Boom goes Facebook

This is World Cup win No. 9 for Del Bosco. He qualified in fourth place on Thursday, and started rolling through the bracket on Friday, winning every heat.

“It was a big battle on the track, and I had some great starts,” said Del Bosco of his day. “I really put my head down and put down a great line and managed to hold everyone back.”

And by the time, Del Bosco blew it open in the finals, social media exploded.

“Mom, he makes it look easy!” Del Bosco’s niece said on Facebook through her mother, Heather.

And if one is off to fast start as Del Bosco is, you don’t want to wait for another race. Del Bosco won’t. The third ski-cross race of the season is this morning, again in Val Thorens.