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World-class alpine skiers set the pace in UAA Invitational giant slalom

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 21
  • Published February 21

Mikaela Tommy who skis for University of Colorado exits the steep Waterfall pitch in her first run in the Seawolf Invitational FIS-U giant slalom. (Photo by Bob Eastaugh)

Two skiers whose previous races happened last week at the World Championships in Sweden ruled the slopes at Alyeska in Thursday’s UAA Invitational.

Mikaela Tommy of the University of Colorado and Simon Fournier of the University of Denver won giant slalom races on the first day of four straight days of NCAA alpine racing at Alyeska.

Both skiers raced for Canada in the recently concluded World Championships.

Tommy placed 26th in the world-championship giant slalom, where her competition included American superstar Mikaela Shiffrin. Shiffrin took the bronze medal in that race, with gold going to Slovakia’s Petra Vlhoven.

Fournier logged a pair of top-30 finishes at the world championships — he was 24th in the slalom and 30th in the giant slalom.

Thursday the pair was among more than 100 skiers from eight colleges and six ski clubs racing in Girdwood, Tommy won the women’s race by nearly seventh-tenths of a second.

Things were much closer in the men’s race, where Fournier finished less than one-tenth of a second ahead of two skiers who tied for second place — Colorado’s Filip Forejtek and Utah’s Joahim Bakken.

Two UAA skiers posted top-10 finishes in the men’s race. Liam Wallace was sixth and Sky Kelsey was eighth.

On Friday, alpine racers will return to Alyeska for another giant slalom race and nordic skiers will head to Kincaid Park for their final NCAA race in Alaska. On Saturday and Sunday, alpine skiers will compete in slalom races.

UAA Invitational

Top 10 finishers

Women’s giant slalom — 1) Mikaela Tommy, Colorado, 2:37.72; 2) Eirin Linnea Engeset, Utah, 2:38:41; 3) Tuva Norbye, Denver, 2:38.67; 4) Andrea Komsic, Denver, 2:39.63; 5) Kristine Fausa Aasberg, Utah, 2:39.88; 6) Rebecca Fiegl, New Mexico, 2:40.44; 7) Nora Grieg Christensen, Colorado, 2:41.29; 8) Stefanie Fleckenstein, Colorado, 2:41.51; 9) Katharine Irwin, New Mexico, 2:41.57; 10) Haley Cutler, New Mexico, 2:41.61.

Men’s giant slalom — 1) Simon Fournier, Denver, 2:29.24; 2) Filip Rorejtek, Colorado, 2:29.33; 2) Joachim Bakken Lien, Utah, 2:29.33, 4) Tobias Kogler, Denver, 2:29.36 5) Aage Solheim, Montana State, 2:29.94; 6) Liam Wallace, UAA, 2:29.99; 7) Joseph Young, Colorado, 2:30.18; 8) Sky Kelsey, UAA, 2:30.33; 9) Tucker Strauch, Vail Ski and Snowboard Club, 2:30.67; 10) Huston Philp, Utah, 2:30.72.

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