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Ski and Snowboard Club Vail soars at Millennium Cup

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VAIL, Colorado – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail had a great showing during the Millennium Cup giant-slalom races last weekend.

Anne Strong won Saturday’s GS.

“I was a little nervous because the course was turny and wide, but I decided to go for it because I had nothing to loose,” said Strong. “The switch in equipment I made this year has also helped; I trust my skis and they are working really well. My coaches have told me work to on my transitions and to throw myself down the hill. I was looking for my tuck a lot and starting the turns earlier, so I could get off my edges sooner.”

SSCV’s Kaytlyn Samuelson raced to third place in Saturday’s race and teammate Katharine Irwin took fourth. Anne Strong’s sister, Elizabeth, also punched her way into the top 10 with a sixth-place finish while SSCV’s Eva Spaeh, starting 35th, finished in 13th.

The men were next Saturday and SSCV’s Nick Braun put two aggressive runs together to move from a start position of 52 to finish fourth for the J2 men and sixth overall. SSCV’s Thomas Grant also moved up from his start position of 43 to place 18th.

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“We are really happy with how Braun skied,” said coach Ian Lochhead. “For his first FIS race to be in the top 10 is impressive. I’m not surprised with his result.”

On Day 2, the SSCV ladies took four spots of the top-10 places. Irwin moved up a spot from Saturday to earn a bronze.

“I’m excited about my finish today,” said Irwin. “I was sliding on the pitch my first run because I wasn’t trusting myself enough, but I skied better on that same pitch my second run and got my act together. My coaches told me to arc my turn above the gate.”

Other SSCV women placing well Sunday included Celine Guilmineau, who came from a start position of 29 to garner fourth place. Elizabeth Strong took fifth, and Spaeh came from a start position of 36 to place 10th.

SSCV’s Reed Kildow, Lindsey Vonn’s younger brother, skied to a fourth place on the guys’ side, while Braun took 10th.

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