The Canadian Ski Team’s motto “Own the Podium” almost became a reality at the Australia New Zealand Cup slalom, but U.S. Olympian Hailey Duke had other ideas. Duke played spoiler to Canada’s complete podium sweep as she sliced through soft snow and difficult visibility on Tuesday to finish second in the event held at Coronet Peak.
Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon, who was second in giant slalom on Monday, won the race with teammate Madison Irwin grabbing third.
After yesterday’s giant slalom saw a sweep for the U.S. Ski Team’s men, today it would be the Canadians bringing out the brooms as Patrick Biggs led a 1,2,3 finish for the men.
Nolan Kasper, who raced in the 2010 Olympic slalom, nabbed the top American slot with fifth followed by David Chodounsky in sixth.
Duke made an equipment switch earlier this spring to Fischer boots and seems to be settling in nicely.
“Hailey was struggling a bit last season with her equipment and the boot change has helped quite a bit,” said Head Coach Alex Hoedlmoser. “She’s doing a good job adjusting. It’s been a solid camp for her.”
The race closed a nearly two-and-a-half week training camp for U.S. women. Next up is an extended on snow camp in Chile where the focus will move toward speed training with downhill and super G.
Australia New Zealand Cup
Coronet Peak, New Zealand
August 17, 2010
1. Patrick Biggs, Canada, 1:30.28
2. David Donaldson, Canada, 1:30.74
3. Trevor White, Canada, 1:31.74
4. Tim Lindren, Sweden, 1:31.42
5. Nolan Kasper, Warren, VT, 1:31.42
1. Marie-Michele Gagnon, Canada, 1:36.49
2. Hailey Duke, Boise, ID, 1:38.73
3. Madison Irwin, Canada, 1:40.60
4. Sarah Jarvis, New Zealand, 1:41.19
5. Madison McLeish, Canada, 1:41.93