Vail JOs: Brownell-Patty makes it three straight
VAIL, Colorado – Aspen’s Danielle Brownell-Patty will not win today at the J3 Junior Olympics today in Vail.
You can take that to the bank. Of course, the girls have the day off with the boys doing the giant slalom at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., but that’s not important right now.
A day off is pretty much the only thing slowing down Brownell-Patty these days. She made it three golds in a row Monday with a nearly 2-second win in the JO giant slalom at Golden Peak.
“I’m really, really happy because my goal was to make Whistler, and I didn’t know how hard it was going to be,” Brownell-Patty said. “I’ve been working really, really hard this season with dryland this season. So I’m really glad it’s paying off.”
Brownell-Patty has locked up a trip to the Whistler Junior Cup April 9-11 in British Columbia with her performance this week. The question is whether her teammate Julia Mueller-Ristine will get the nod as well.
Mueller-Ristine finished second in Monday’s GS. That gives her three medals in three races (silver in downhill and bronze in super-G). She ran 29th in the second run and led with a time of 1 minute, 35.53 seconds with only her teammate remaining.
Brownell-Patty, though as expected, scorched both her runs for a 1:33.64 and the win. Mueller-Ristine watched Brownell-Patty come down, shook her head, let out an very understandable “Arghh,” and then graciously congratulated her teammate.
“It was good run,” Mueller-Ristine said. “I wanted it so badly. You know, I’m happy for my teammate. Maybe in the slalom.”
The slalom is Wednesday at Bear Trap in Beaver Creek to close the JOs. Winners here are guaranteed spots, but Mueller-Ristine may be skiing her way to Whistler anyway, depending on the outcomes of the Western and Eastern Junior Olympics being held throughout the country.
Whatever happens Wednesday, Mueller-Ristine has Brownell-Patty’s vote.
“I’m really, really happy for her,” Brownell-Patty said. “I just hope she makes (the) Whistler Cup because she’s my teammate and it would be really, really cool to have two Aspen girls there. She’ll probably be the next person to go because she’s done so well throughout the week.”
Duluth (Minn.)’s Megan Danelski took bronze Tuesday. She had the third-fastest time in the first run with 48.61 seconds, and was the second-fastest (48.22) behind Brownell-Patty in the afternoon.
Danelski registered her team’s first medal and helped the Central region continue its strong performance at the Junior Olympics. The Central has won a third of the 15 medals so far awarded with three races remaining. Aspen leads everyone with six behind the efforts of Brownell-Patty and Mueller-Ristine.
Ski and Snowboard Club Vail’s Caroline Byrne was just 8-hundredths of a second out of the medals in fourth in Monday’s GS. Teammate Erika McCormick was fourth after the first run but slid down to sixth with a combined time of 1:37.20. SSCV’s Olivia Swift finished 10th.
Buck Hill (Minn.)’s Montana Marzario sat in third after the morning race, but a mistake on the upper half of the coursed dropped her to seventh (1:37.21). Steamboat Springs’s Vreni Lupear ended up fifth in 1:37.08.
Tuesday’s top 10 included two newcomers – Buck Hill’s Chloe Burke in eighth and Elizabeth Koprucki (Afton, Minn.) in ninth.
The boys take over Golden Peak with their GS today, and the Junior Olympics wrap up with slalom at Beaver Creek Wednesday.
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Boys giant slalom, 10 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.
Slalom, 9:30 a.m., Bear Trap at Beaver Creek