Schlopy wins seventh national title with win in GS |

Schlopy wins seventh national title with win in GS

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AP photoErik Schlopy of Park City, Utah, skis down the first run of the men's giant slalom at the U. S. Alpine National Championships at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., Tuesday. Schlopy led the first run of 94 competitors.

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – Two-time Olympian Erik Schlopy won his seventh national ski title Tuesday, producing the fastest time on each run to win the giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships by 2 seconds.Mammoth Mountain got 10 feet of snow in the last two weeks, creating soft course conditions. But Schlopy, the bronze medalist in giant slalom at the 2003 world championships, overcame the tough conditions to win in 2 minutes, 42.33 seconds.”Always good to go into summer with a win,” Schlopy said. “Never a bad time for a win.”Schlopy, of Park City, Utah, has won three giant slalom crowns, two in the super-G and another two in slalom.Olympic teammate Dane Spencer was second (2:44.33) and Dartmouth College student Evan Weiss took the bronze medal (2:45.32).

Schlopy plans to compete in some races in the East and then head to Nicaragua and Costa Rica with his girlfriend, Olympic swimming champion and TV personality Summer Sanders, for vacation.Although the championships are over, the U.S. Ski Team will be back next month for the start of its preseason training before the 2006 Olympic season.1. Erik Schlopy, Park City, Utah, 2:42.332. Dane Spencer, Boise, Idaho, 2:44.333. Evan Weiss, Seattle, 2:45.32

4. Tom Rothrock, Cashmere, Wash., 2:45.345. Jake Zamansky, Aspen, Colo., 2:45.466. Brad Spence, Canada, 2:46.237. Timothy Kelley, Starksboro, Vt., 2:46.448. Scott Macartney, Redmond, Wash., 2:46.59

9. Steve Nyman, Orem, Utah, 2:46.6310. Chip Knight, Stowe, Vt., 2:46.80 Vail, Colorado

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