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DelBosco seventh at King of Mountain

Ian Cropp
Daily file photo/Shane Macomber Vail's Chris Del Bosco tore his MCL in a crash during the skiercross at the X Games in late January. He was seventh Friday at the Jeep King of the Mountain championships.
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TELLURIDE – Anyone who saw Chris Del Bosco’s crash in the skiercross during this year’s Winter X Games probably thought the Vail skier was done for the year. But Del Bosco, despite tearing his MCL by 80 percent, is back in action. After taking 11th at the Aspen/Snowmass stop of The Honda Ski Tour last week, Del Bosco finished seventh at the Jeep King of the Mountain World Professional Championships Friday in Telluride.

Del Bosco fell in quarterfinals of the head-to-head, best-of-two combined time event to Lars Lewin of Sweden. Lewin won the first leg by almost half a second.”He got a pretty good jump on me in the second round,” Del Bosco said. “I was catching him and gained a bunch … I jumped inside and was next to him, and we kind of hit, and I slid out.”Del Bosco said he could have made a hard move that may have pushed Lewin off course, but decided against it.”If I really would have wanted to, I could have, but it’s just one of those things … you’ve gotta make a quick decision,” Del Bosco said.

At the X Games, DelBosco got pinched off the course on a narrow section, and flew through the safety nets into the woods. There were six racers on course per heat at the X Games, versus the head-to-head matchup of the Jeep King of the Mountain and the four-person heats at the Honda Ski Tour.”They’re trying with the Ski Tour to make them a little bit safer where there are (slide) zones, so if you get blocked out, you have more room,” Del Bosco said.In a sport popular among older ski racers, Del Bosco, 24, is one of the freshest faces.

“The next oldest guy is 28, so I’ve got time on my side,” Del Bosco said. “It’s a tough sport – you’ve just gotta keep at it. I’ve done well before and I know it’ll happen again.”Next weekend, Del Bosco will finish off the season at the final Ski Tour event in Squaw Valley, Calif.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or icropp@vaildaily.com.


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