Schlopy wins giant slalom in solid American showing |

Schlopy wins giant slalom in solid American showing

Ian Cropp
Vail, CO Colorado

KEYSTONE ” The U.S. Ski Team’s Erik Schlopy won a North American Cup giant slalom Tuesday at Keystone.

Schlopy, who will be competing in Sunday’s World Cup giant slalom at Beaver Creek, finished in 1 minute, 46.49 seconds, just ahead of France’s Richard Cyprien.

“It was good to see old school win,” said Phil McNichol, the U.S. Ski Team’s men’s alpine coach. “He’s back from his knee injury and needs to establish himself as a top performer.”

American Jake Zamansky, who had the fastest second run, was fourth, while six other Americans were in the top 25. The men also had a giant slalom on Monday.

“(Monday) we had really good performances on the first run, but the guys didn’t get it done on the second run,” McNichol said. “The snow was very aggressive and you had to ski grooves and the guys didn’t ski to their potential. But today, the guys stepped up and did much better.”

The women have a pair of giant slalom races starting today at Keystone, while the men head to Winter Park for a pair of slaloms.

Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or

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