Tommy Ford came within stabbing distance of another gold medal on Friday as Canadian Dustin Cook squeaked the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships super G title Friday in Winter Park. Ford was looking to follow up his Thursday slalom title but fell short by a minuscule .04 seconds! Brennan Rubie and Jared Goldberg tied for third.
After the race, Cook had this to say about his narrow victory. “I’m pumped to be here, [Tommy Ford] skis really well in these conditions, so it was a surprise to beat him. I haven’t won a Canadian title yet but this will be my second U.S. title. I really like Colorado, the rest of the Canadian guys are racing in Panorama but I wanted to do more speed, they’re doing more tech so I came out here to score some points and it looks like it worked out so far.”
The day’s completion was characterized by the soft snow conditions. Winter Park had been getting slammed by three days of solid sunshine making for some extremely challenging runs.
It would seem that Ford is immune to such factors, after the race he proclaimed, ”You’ve got to ski fast to beat me here. Soft snow is good for me.” He went on to elaborate, saying, “The snow is a little inconsistent, but it was fast and turny. You just needed to hang with it – it was a fight though. You had to be a really balanced skier and be willing to let it go to be fast.”
Ryan Cochran-Siegle seized the top junior honor and earned the title over Bryce Bennett and Kieffer Christianson.
Cochran-Siegle also battled with warm weather snow conditions, but managed to persevere and continued his wrap-up of a stellar season.
“The snow is peely they did a good job at making it smooth which is impressive. It’s a nice way to end it for sure. I’m glad that I was able to get some World Cup points, world juniors was awesome. My season’s been really good. Hopefully I can get another good result on Sunday in the giant slalom.”
NBC will air the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships on April 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET.