ASPEN, CO (Feb. 27) – Leanne Smith (Conway, NH) was crowned the U.S. champion in downhill in Aspen Saturday. Smith edged out teammates Stacey Cook (Mammoth, CA) and Laurenne Ross (Klamath Falls, OR) for the win.
“The weather was great today. We were all really psyched on how it turned out,” said Smith. “It was a good race and the snow was great.”
Smith laid down a time of 1:38.24 to top the solid field made up of past U.S. champions, Olympians, and U.S. Ski Team memebers only three tenths ahead of Cook with Ross a mere two tenths shy of Cook for the final podium spot.
“My run was good,” explained Smith. “i had mistakes here and there, but I’m skiing more consistent.”
The top juniors were Anna Marno (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Lauren Samuels (Golden Valley, MN). Marno posted a top-10 result overall in ninth, followed by Lauren Samuels (Golden Valley, MN) in 14th.
Smith will take her win with her, as she heads into the latter portion of the 2010 World Cup season for motivation and confidence.
“Today was a confidence booster, said Smith. “I’m happy to be the U.S. champion, I have’t done that yet. It’s exciting!”
The remaining disciplines for U.S. Alpine Championships will be held at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, NY at the end of March.
U.S. Alpine Championships
February 27, 2010
1. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:38.24
2. Stacey Cook, Mammoth, CA, 1:38. 54
3. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, OR, 1:38.73
4. Alice McKennis, Glenwood Springs, CO, 1:39.11
5. Chelsea Marshall, Pittsfield, VT, 1:39.59
7. Julia Ford, Plymouth, NH, 1:40.59
8. Keely Kelleher, Big Sky, MT, 1:40.71
9. Anna Marno, Steamboat Springs, CO, 1:40.91
14. Lauren Samuels, Golden Valley, MN, 1:42.25
15. Kirsten Cooper, Eagle, CO, 1:42.50