Marno, Ackerman supreme at super-G
VAIL – There were some familiar faces on the podium at the bottom of Golden Peak Wednesday. And not just repeat winners.Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Delainey Ackerman followed up her downhill win on Tuesday with a super-G win Wednesday (59.33) in the J3 Rocky Mountain/Central Junior Olympics, while Steamboat’s Max Marno (56.52 seconds) won the boys’ super-G.But before Marno laid down his winning run, his sister, Anna Marno (third, 59.99), assured that at least one Marno would be on the podium.”Before my run, someone said, ‘Hey, you should get on the podium, too,'” Max Marno said.
Not only did he receive a bit of encouragement, but he had a bit of advice come his way.”I gave him the course report,” Anna Marno said.SSCV’s Hunter Schleper (56.64) took second place in the boys’ race after taking the downhill win Tuesday. Steamboat’s Ryan McConnell (59.96) took third.”We had a big course report. I overskiied it a bit,” Schleper said. “(My run) was too clean, and I wasn’t going for it.”Aspen’s Olivia Davis (59.62) took second in the girls’ race.”The pitch was my best part,” Davis said of her run. “Last year, I crashed in the downhill and got hurt, so I wasn’t able to race (in the super-G).”A run of relief
Ackerman had a bit of trouble at the top of the hill, but was stellar for the remainder of her run.”On the top of the pitch, I was sliding a little bit, but I decided to go for it as much as I could on the bottom,” Ackerman said. “I did the same thing at the Keystone downhill in January.”This year, Ackerman has been a fixture on the podium for speed events.”Most people think I’m better at speed because that’s usually what I win, but lately I’ve been training technical and doing pretty well,” Ackerman said. “I felt some pressure to win.”After Wednesday’s race, Ackerman’s friends urged her to let them win a race of two.”I’ll do my best, and if they beat me, I’ll be happy for them,” Ackerman said. “But if I win, I win.”Anna Marno, in her first year of J3 competition, started the week with a seventh-place finish in the downhill, and found some confidence.”I wanted to do better and I got pumped up for today,” Marno said.
Marno was excited with her podium finish, but remained humble.”I don’t want to get too self-confident,” Marno said.Tie timeSSCV’s Cody Unicume and Kitt Flowers, who finished second and third, respectively, on Tuesday, tied for sixth (57.41) Wednesday.”I did OK, but made a few mistakes,” Unicume said. “Coming into the pitch, I was a little too straight.”Right behind Unicume and Flowers was teammate Cartmill Cooper (58.28), while SSCV’s David Graebel (1:01.23) was 20th.On the girls’ side, Jocelyn Irwin (1:01.19) placed 10th, Lizzie Seibert (1:02.87) 19th, Abby Ghent (1:03.38) 23rd and Mary Sackbauer (1:03.65) 27th.
Today, the girls are on the slopes again for the giant slalom. If Davis skis like she has so far this year, she may unseat Ackerman on the top step of the podium.”I won a GS a qualifiers and two Smartwool GS’s,” Davis said.On Friday, Schleper looks to defend the boys’ GS crown, but Max Marno is confident on his technical skiing.”My best event has been GS, so I’m stoked. And my slalom is coming along good,” Marno said.Schleper won’t be playing it conservative in the tech events.”I’d rather DNF than not do well,” Schleper said.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado