U.S. Ski Team Athlete Nolan Kasper Wins Slalom Bronze at New Zealand Games

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 30, 2009 4:33 pm

The U.S. Ski Team’s Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) won the bronze medal today in the slalom event of the New Zealand Winter Games. The fact that Kasper placed third amongst an International crowd was big news, yet New Zealand Prime Minister John Key presented his award, which made Kasper’s performance even sweeter.

World Cup slalom star Felix Neureuther of Germany won with a time of 1:37.59, a full 1.48 seconds over Sweden’s Mattias Hargin. Kasper’s time of 1:39.49 missed the silver  by .42 seconds. Paul McDonald (Bellevue, WA) was sixth.

In all, the New Zealand Games were successful for the American athletes. U.S. Ski Team men posted podium finishes in each race of the series with tech skier Jake Zamansky (Aspen, CO) kicking things off with his super G (speed event) victory. Teammate Jimmy Cochran (Keene, NH) then took third in giant slalom before Kasper wrapped things up with his bronze in slalom.