Tommy Ford and Kelly Staples Win Combined Titles

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 2, 2012 12:05 pm

Although Tommy Ford narrowly missed the super G win Friday, he was able to collect his eighth national title with a gold in the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships combined. The paper race paired the fastest time in slalom and super G. Michael Ankeny followed behind Ford to take the men’s silver, with Will Brandenburg claiming bronze. 

Ford talked about the strong finish to this season and what it means going forward. 

“It hasn’t been the best season for me, but it’s been a good one. I’d like to have these kinds of results throughout the entire season, but it’s something I’m building toward. The goal is to build strength through the summer and be ready to go when we start racing again in October.”

Kelly Staples, the 2011 NorAm overall champion took third in slalom and 11th in the super G to earn the combined title on the women’s side. This marked the very first U.S.Championship of her career! 

After the race Kelly spoke about winning the title, saying, “I’ve had a tough year, especially in super G, so I didn’t’ really know what was going to happen going into this. I was really excited how I did in the slalom and would have liked to have skied better in the super G, but it looks like it was enough.”

Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the men’s juniors once again, with Lila Lapanja standing out among the junior women with a fourth place slalom finish.

NBC will air the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships on April 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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