Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s River Radamus after Birds of Prey: ‘I want it bad’ |

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s River Radamus after Birds of Prey: ‘I want it bad’

Ski & Snowboard Club Vail's River Radamus takes to the Birds of Prey giant slalom course on Sunday at Beaver Creek. The local didn't make the cut for the second run but is gaining experience on the World Cup circuit.
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BEAVER CREEK — Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s River Radamus didn’t make the cut at the Birds of Prey giant slalom World Cup race on Sunday at Beaver Creek, but the 21-year-old is taking it in stride and focusing on getting better.

“I really wanted to perform at home, and I feel like I let some people down,” he said from the finish corral on Sunday. “I know I have the speed, I just have to figure it out.”

Conditions deteriorated throughout the day with snow and fog rolling across the mountain. Radamus was the 41st racer out of the gate. The cutoff for the second run was close to 3.5 seconds behind Ford’s first-run of 1:16.40. Radamus came in a little over 4 seconds behind Ford, missing the cut.

“I want it bad,” he said of making the jump. “You just have to trust your inspection and trust your skiing and commit.”

The Beaver Creek giant slalom is one of the longer courses on the World Cup circuit, Radamus said, and its at elevation.

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“It’s all about skiing really efficiently — powerfully with the least amount of output so that we’re able to ski strong at the bottom,” he said.

After his run, he was checking his time splits on the monitors in the finish area.

“I know what happened,” he said. “I thought I skied alright and then I pushed the line a little too much on the flats and it crushed me.”

Radamus is looking forward to getting back to work, and the Birds of Prey in 2020.

“I know it doesn’t come overnight,” he said. “It’s time to get back to work, learn some more and come back next year stronger and faster.

Assistant Editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

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