Tim Jitloff Rocks U.S. National Championships, Wins GS and Combined

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 1, 2009 12:03 am

Jitloff last summer in Croatia rocking a different environment

One of the newest members of the men’s Alpine ‘A’ team on the U.S. Ski Team, Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) has been rocking Alaska almost as much as Mt. Redoubt. The 24 year-old claimed the national combined championship title, and just nabbed the GS win Tuesday, too, in Alyeska.

The snowy weather finally cleared for Jitloff, who had remained in good spirits during the powdery course holds earlier last week. He had been making the most of the waist-deep snow, enjoying some free skiing and Tuesday, he was the fastest GS racer in both runs, winning by nearly a whole second.

"I’m really happy to defend the giant slalom title," said Jitloff, who had won the National Championship last year. "With the combined title I earned Sunday, this is my third U.S. championship, so I’m picking them up here and there."

"Jit put together two solid runs," said U.S. Ski Team men’s Head Coach Sasha Rearick. "This was a big season for him. He broke through on the World Cup and will take those results and today’s right through the summer."

Jitloff scored big this year on the World Cup tour, with a career-whopping fifth in Sestriere. He also scored points at three other major World Cup stops.

Now, Jitloff plans to take time off for a surf trip in Costa Rica before moving into a Park City, Utah condo in May. "I worked out at the Team’s training center last summer, and it really helped my skiing. I’m looking forward to keeping that success going," Jitloff said.

Word is he plans to play Rock Band during the off season, too. As if we’d expect anything less from a rock star.

photo: Jitloff