World Juniors: Vail’s Gregorak has a tough run, DNF
LES PLENARDS, France – An estimated 4,000 spectators were on hand Tuesday evening to see Colby Granstrom (Lake Stevens, Wash.) Mslice his way to a seventh-place slalom finish on Day 3 of the 2010 FIS Alpine World Junior Championships. Teammate Nick Daniels (Tahoe City, Calif.) also made a mark, charging from bib 38 to finish 15th.
Will Gregorak of Ski and Snowboard Club Vail, who was sixth in giant slalom to open the World Juniors, was fifth after the first run and in good position to post his first podium of the week, but went out on a hairpin in the second run.
“It was set up to be really special and it didn’t end up as special as we wanted it, but the guys are gunning it,” said U.S. Development Team head coach Randy Pelkey. “They made some aggressive mistakes, but they’re still hanging tough. Overall I think these guys did really well. They’re gaining everyday in experience and I think we’ll see a lot out of them in the future – they’re strong across the board.”
Granstrom started fourth and then held his own against the best in world for his age group despite some big mistakes, which without those, Pelkey says he would been on the podium. Swiss racer Reto Schmidiger ended the French stranglehold of the top of the podium to win with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 30.97 seconds with Granstrom 1.82 seconds back.
The combined at World Juniors follows the traditional format adding the total time from Tuesday’s slalom with the final time of the downhill, which closes the week on Saturday in Megeve.
American women had their first downhill training earlier in the day and have one more training run on deck for tomorrow before the race on Thursday. The men will have a day off before firing up downhill training prior to the women’s race.
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