Hauser earns back-to-back Tele podiums |

Hauser earns back-to-back Tele podiums

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Two days of competition and two podiums for Silverthorne’s Drew Hauser at the U.S. Telemark National Championships in Steamboat Springs.

After winning the giant slalom competition on Thursday, Hauser finished third in the classic on a snowy, windy and icy day on Mount Warner, Friday.

Hauser completed the classic course ” which consisted of both a long and short skate session ” in 1:53.50.

Shane Anderson of Steamboat won the event by more than 7 seconds, finishing in a time of 1:45.29. Ben Paley placed second at 1:52.69.

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On the women’s side of the elite race, Lorin Paley won for the second straight day. Her time of 2:02.12 just barely edged out Kelsey Schmid-Sommers by 0.33 seconds. Suzanne Pattinson finished in third.

On Thursday, Hauser dominated the field in the GS competition. The 19-year-old, World Junior champion navigated the course in runs of 0:55.98 and 0:53.86 for a total of 1:49.84 and a 6-second win.

Charlie Dressen finished second, and Paley was third.

Lorin Paley won the GS for the women, with Schmid-Sommers and Erica Walters finishing second and third, respectively.

The National Championships is a four-day Telemark competition and includes GS, classic, sprint classic and slalom races. The overall national champion is determined by taking a competitor’s best three out of four races and combining the scores.

Last year, Anderson edged out Hauser for the top spot by a mere eight points.

With Anderson not finishing in the GS on Thursday, Hauser ” after his strong performances in the first two races ” is in good shape to contend for the overall title once again.

The competition continues today and Sunday with the sprint classic and slalom races.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at

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