Stars sparkle at Ford Cup |

Stars sparkle at Ford Cup

Eagle County Correspondent/Shane MacomberBobby Kennedy Jr. hugs the gates along the race course at the American Ski Classic's Ford Cup Friday on Vail's Golden Peak.

VAIL – A nerd beat America’s favorite firefighter. A former Heisman winner fell to an Olympic gymnast and a Kennedy went head-to-head with a former ski bum turned soap star.

At the Ford Cup Race at Golden Peak on Friday, celebs, CEOs and world-class skiers all took to the hill to bash some gates, soak up the sun, and most importantly, raise some money for local charities.

“Colorado is a great place,” said Clayton Snyder, one of the stars of Disney’s “Lizzie McGuire.” “I love the cold and hot weather.”

“You’re lying,” said co-star Bobby Carradine. “You love all those snowbunnies.”

Carradine, who may be better known for his starring role as Lewis in the “Revenge of The Nerds” movies, was impressive on his snowboard Friday, beating both Snyder and Bachelorette star Ryan Sutter in head-to-head runs.

Sutter actually finished ahead of Carradine in their showdown, but was disqualified because he missed a gate, forfeiting the win to the nerd, er, star.

Surprisingly, the P.A. system didn’t put on Queen’s “We are the Champions” after Carradine’s big wins.

Sutter, the former CU football captain, also couldn’t overcome a six-second handicap given to former Oklahoma All-American running back Joe Washington, who skis only once a year.

Pool competition will continue through today with the top teams from each pool advancing to the finals in the afternoon, along with three wild card teams.

Contact sports writer Nate Peterson at 949-0555 ext. 608 or via e-mail at

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