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Rahlves, McCarty win U.S. super-G

Bryna McCarty makes a hard left turn during the women's Super G at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., during the U.S. Alpine National Ski Championships on Saturday, April 2, 2005. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. ” Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) won his second consecutive U.S. super-G title Saturday by nearly a second while Bryna McCarty (Concord, VT) captured her first title on Day Two of the Oroweat U.S. Alpine Championships at Mammoth Mountain.

Rahlves, the 2001 super-G world champion, took his third super-G championship and the sixth U.S. title of his career in 1:16.63; he also has two downhill crowns and a giant slalom title.

Canadian John Kucera, the NorAm overall, downhill and super-G champion, was silver medalist (1:17.51) while Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) ” who won the World Cup super-G title and the gold medal in super-G at the World Championships this season ” finished third (1:17.56).

Frisco’s Jake Fiala skied well for the second straight day, finishing an impressive fifth in what might have been the last big competition of his career. Fiala, who announced earlier this spring that he is retiring from international ski racing, also took sixth in the downhill on Thursday.

McCarty was women’s super-G gold medalist with a time of 1:22.44 to edge teammate Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA), the World Championships super-G bronze medalist who finished in 1:22.65. Allison Forsyth of Canada completed the podium in 1:22.66.

“I came down here (from his home in the Lake Tahoe area, a couple of hours north) to get it done, put down some good runs at the end of the season … and to pickup some spending money,” Rahlves laughed, noting he and wife Michelle will be going to Hawaii after the Championships. Strong headwinds Friday pushed him back to ninth place in the downhill, so he was a little more determined to defend his super-G title on a course where he’s raced since he was a youngster more than 20 years ago, said the Green Mountain Valley School (VT) graduate.

“We’ve done a lot of racing at Mammoth ” it’s this same course. Mammoth does a great job, even with all this snow, and today was another good one,” Rahlves said. “I’m pleased with my run. Bode and I are testing some new equipment ” this is just my second day on these boots … I felt good, and it was a good day to challenge myself.”

Starting fifth, he said, “was perfect because going fifth means you get a pretty clean track. It gets tough for the guys at the back, but going early is an advantage.” Rahlves said he plans to skip Sunday’s slalom, in favor of being home, and then return for Tuesday’s giant slalom, the last race of the Oroweat championships.

McCarty, 22 and in her third year on the U.S. Ski Team, is also a Green Mountain alum. Her first gold medal left her a little breathless, noting, “It’s great … I’m totally psyched.”

Among the Summit County finishers, Jason McNeill took 32nd in the 76-skier men’s field. Alice McKennis led the local girls in a tie for 27th; Chelsea Lynch finished 30th; Amy Beresford skied to 32nd; Tucker Vest-Burton took 46th; and Katie Hartman was 49th in the 65-skier field.

Outdoor Life Network will broadcast coverage from the Championships at 8 p.m. MT on April 9 (check local listings). Men’s and women’s slalom are scheduled for today.

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