Anchorage's Christianson makes debut in World Cup

Charles Christianson of Anchorage made his World Cup debut Sunday in Beaver Creek, Colo., putting down the 32nd fastest time in the first run of a giant slalom race.

Christianson, 27, didn't qualify for the second run.

A former Alyeska Ski Club racer and a four-time NCAA All-American at Williams College, Christianson skis independently and earned his World Cup spot by posting strong results on the Nor-Am race circuit two weeks ago.

His younger brother, Kieffer, 19, is in his second year with the U.S. Ski Team but was sidelined a month ago after suffering a concussion while training with the U.S. Development Team at Vail, Colo. He hopes to return to action in January.

Anchorage Daily News /