Fresh off a dominant Winter Olympics, the United States continued to prove its worth in winter athletics with a strong showing at the Telemark World Cup in Colorado last week. 52 racers representing 12 nations competed in Steamboat Springs for three races and then moved to Keystone for four more days of competition.
Shane Anderson of Cody, Wyoming and Steamboat Springs finished in third place in the second Sprint Classic on February 23 and then had another great Classic race two days later and finished in third again.
“Racing in Steamboat was fun. Knowing that I have raced so much on familiar hills and snow let me relax and rip it,” said Anderson “I was not nervous going into my second run at Howelsen Hill. I knew what I had to do and had done it so many times before. Taking advantage of the hometown hill and scoring a third place finish. In Keystone I really enjoyed the difficult Go Devil run. I really liked the course set and was feeling great,” Anderson added. “I felt like I made the most complete Classic run of my career. The course had just about everything you could expect for on a Classic hill. Another podium finish was the icing on the cake.”
The U.S. women also performed strongly, with Lorin Paley of Steamboat Springs finished in the second spot on the podium of the Sprint Classic race. Many other U.S. racers gave strong showings, including David Hobbs of Whitefish, Mont., who had a personal best finish of 10th place in the Classic race and other finishes in the 14-16th place range throughout the series. Jeffrey Gay of Steamboat Springs had a best finish of 13th place in the Classic at Keystone and consistently finished in the top 20. Other racers who finished consistently in the top 20 were: Drew Hauser of Silverthorne, Colo.; Cory Snyder of Franconia, N.H.; and Charlie Dresen of Steamboat Springs. The U.S. women had strong finishes from Erika Walters and Madi McKinstry, both of Steamboat Springs.