Colby Granstrom wins slalom Tommy Ford takes combined

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 4, 2011 7:21 am

Colby Granstrom produced a blazing second run through heavy snow to win the men’s slalom title by 1.33 seconds to close the men’s competition at the 2011 Putnam Investments U.S. Alpine Championships. “It’s always been a dream of mine and now that it’s finally happening it feels great. It’s a great way to end the year and charge into the next season with a World Cup spot.”

“I figured it was kind of up to me. He [Tommy Ford] had a great nationals, but it’s sweet to get a win.”
“From here it’s time to move into the summer program and get ready for next season by going to college at Westminster and working out at the Center of Excellence.”

Tommy Ford was second in slalom but earned the combined title with the fastest added time from both super G and slalom. Ford was also victorious in both giant slalom and super G in Winter Park. “It was a very good week. I skied very consistently and let it go at the same time. I’m glad I pulled away with three titles.”

“It’s unbelievable to be consistent through all this snow. I’m happy for Colby. He put it in the groove today and let it go.”

NCAA giant slalom champion Seppi Stiegler was third matching his sister Resi’s result in the women’s slalom. “I don’t mind difficult conditions when it snows and gets chopped up. I kind of like that. It helps me get the aggression out.”

“I’m super excited with where my skiing is headed.”
“Now it’s time to get out there and cheer for Resi. She’s in a good position going into the women’s second run and I hope we’re both on the podium together today.”

Top junior honors went to fourth place finisher Michael Ankeny. The Western Region produced 2929 points to top both the East and Rocky/Central Regions for the Tom Garner Memorial Trophy. “The snow was definitely a variable with some ruts and grooves. I started 17th first run and had a really solid run. I was really happy with it. I went into sixth place. The second run was more just fighting to stay in it. As you can see some of the top guys went out, but I was able to hold it together and bring it into the finish line and be fourth. I’d say finishing the year as the top junior in slalom is a good way to close it out.”

1. Colby Granstrom, Lake Stevens, WA, 1:42.67
2. Tommy Ford, Bend, OR, 1:44.00
3. Seppi Steigler, Jackson Hole, WY, 1:44.30
1. Michael Ankeny, Deephaven, MN, 1:44.44
2. Juho-Pekka Penttinen, Finland, 1:46.94
3. Taylor Wunsch, Swanton, VT, 1:47.88

1. Tommy Ford, Bend, OR
2. Colby Granstrom, Lake Stevens, WA
3. Tim Jitloff, Reno, NV
1. Michael Ankeny, Deephaven, MN
2. Taylor Wunsch, Swanton, VT
3. Bobby Farrell, West Windsor, VTa

Tom Garner Memorial Trophy
1. Western Region – 2969
2. Eastern Region – 1674
3. Rocky/Central Region – 1416

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