Racing for bragging rights at Beaver Creek
Zirknitzer finished with the fourth-best overall time for the slalom course – 34.47 seconds – at the Beaver Creek Resort Company Race Series on Monday. When asked how the men handled her dominance over them on the slopes she replied, “Most of them are really cool about it. They’ll come up and say “I can’t believe you beat me,’ and then they’ll buy me a margarita.”Zirknitzer races for Aalta Sports alongside chief of race Ron Rupert who finished first among the men’s snowboard division on Monday.”We tried to set up a course that would be more fun for everybody because slalom courses usually aren’t as much fun.” Rupert said.Apparently, the fourth-place team in the overall standings, Habitat Post & Beam, sent a ringer in from Summit County in an attempt to beat Rupert this week, thereby improving their chances of surpassing the third-place Aalta Sports team in the standings. Rupert, however, would have none of that, especially on his home race course.”I beat him and he didn’t get gold, so Habitat lost a point.” Said Rupert.Team Snowell, led by top men’s alpine skier Tony Larese, increased its lead to an insurmountable 11 points on Monday, so the race to watch is the one for second place in the overall standings. Grimaldi Real Estate/B.C. Ski School currently hold the position by 1.5 points, and, with the last race coming up on Monday, Feb. 24, Zirknitzer, Rupert and Team Aalta Sports have a lot of ground to make up.Lisa Glaser won the women’s telemark division with a time of 50.93 seconds, and Thom Conville won the men’s.”It’s all about not letting your lunch get downhill from your skis.” Said Conville, “You see, the first turn is right, and they all alternate after that.”Melanie O’Halloran, Team Olde Skool, rode past the competition in the women’s snowboard division with a time of 51.37 seconds.”I won, but I would like to beat more boys. I only beat six today. Five beat me, but I’d like to be up their with the top boys.” Said O’Halloran, “But I didn’t touch the gates today. I never touch them because I don’t want to be bruised.”
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