Keely Kelleher, US Ski Team Champion, gets the job done

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 21, 2010 10:54 pm

LAKE PLACID, NY (March 20) – Travis Ganong (Olympic Valley, CA) and Keely Kelleher (Big Sky, MT) were crowned 2010 Visa U.S. Super G Champions on Saturday at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, NY. Ganong and Kelleher both led the pack from starting bib one.  Watch Keely’s interview after the race here!

U.S. Championships bring together top athletes from national team and ski clubs from across the states to race for the honor of being the best racer in the U.S.

Ganong clinched his second U.S. Championship title for the 2010 season on Saturday, winning both the downhill, which was held in February at Aspen, and the super G. Ganong led the field by nearly a second with 2010 Olympic Alpine Team member Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA) in second, followed by Warner Nickerson (Gilford, NH) in third.

“It’s warm out here, so there’s definitely an advantage of running first. When it’s like that, the track is smooth,” explained Ganong. “I skied pretty well, I nailed all of my marks. It was fun.”

On the women’s side, the super charismatic and talented Kelleher laid down the fastest time running first to clinch the win, marking her first U.S. title. Kelleher was followed by teammate and 2010 Olympic Alpine Team member, Chelsea Marshall (Pittsfield, VT) in second. Laurenne Ross (Klamath Falls, OR) rounded out the podium in third.

“I knew what I had to do, I had a really good inspection, I didn’t really listen to the course reports,” said Kelleher. “I like going bib one. It’s one of my favorites, you just have to trust yourself.”

The top juniors of the 2010 Visa U.S. Alpine Championships were Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, VT), who blasted from bib 31 to finish sixth, and Felicia Byers (Sandy, UT).

The men and women raced slalom today.

2010 Visa U.S. Alpine Championships
Lake Placid, NY
March 20, 2010
Super G

1. Travis Ganong, Olympic Valley, CA, 1:05.34
2. Will Brandenburg, Spokane, WA, 1:06.20
3. Warner Nickerson, Gilford, NH, 1:06.42
4. Tim Jitloff, Reno, NV, 1:06.44
5. Tommy Ford, Bend, OR, 1:06.73 1:06.74

1. Keely Kelleher, Big Sky, MT, 1:06.31
2. Chelsea Marshall, Pittsfield, VT, 1:06.67
3. Laurenne Ross, Klamath Falls, OR, 1:06.70
4. Katie Hitchcock, Sacramento, CA, 1:06.85
5. Megan McJames, Park City, UT, 1:06.93