Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Gregorak is sixth in Jr. Worlds GS
LES HOUCHES, France – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Will Gregorak cracked open the 2010 Alpine World Junior Championships with a sixth-place finish in giant slalom Sunday.
Teammate Colby Granstrom, of Lake Stevens, Wash., also had a solid performance, charging from bib 34 to finish 11th in the opening event.
“I had a super solid first run without any major mistakes, and I had a really good course report from Colby for the second run but then lost the podium on the bottom,” Gregorak said. “Colby said there were three gates you need to be smart on, and he was right. I just didn’t pin the bottom like I needed to, but it was a good start to the week for sure.”
Gregorak, who was fourth among seniors at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in GS last March and currently owns that GS rank in the Nor-Am standings, fell just 0.12 seconds shy of the podium, as Frenchman Mathieu Faivre won the race.
Gregorak is looking forward to the rest of the week, especially the men’s night slalom set for Tuesday in nearby Les Plenards.
Women’s juniors were also in action today with super-G. SSCV’s Greta Byrne was a DNF.
Smartwool Ski Cup slalom
SSCV’s Nick Braun skied to a first place for the J2 men on Howelsen Hill and took second overall in Sunday’s Smartwool slalom. Greycody Johns was second for the J2s and third overall, and Thomas Grant logged in at third for the J2s and fifth overall.
For SSCV’s J3 men, Nick Santaniello and Clayton Kirwood placed first and second for the J3 men, sixth and seventh, respectively, overall.
For the women’s run at the gates, SSCV’s Erika McCormick raced to a first for the J3 women, fourth overall, and Caroline Byrne skied to spot No. 4 for the J3s and ninth overall. Also breaking into the top 20 were Leah Newton in 18th and Sara Gezon in 20th.
“The preparation and course setting today made for a great slalom race,” coach J.J. Jensen said. “We’re seeing some great improvements with the team. The SSCV athletes are generating a lot of speed in their slalom, and they are all getting ready to take it to the next level.”
The next generation of winter-sport champions came to Vail on Saturday to participate in the Steadman Hawkins Vail Cup mogul and giant slalom challenge.
“It’s great to see the kids of the Vail Valley come out to enjoy the fun and generosity that the sponsors of this event provide,” said Jennifer Geisness, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s development director.
Due to a technological issue, Vail Cup results are not available.
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