Olympian Torin Koos of Leavenworth and Lindsay Williams skied to national sprint titles yesterday at the U.S. Cross Country Championships. Koos, 24, took the lead on the second...
MIDWAY, Utah — Olympian Torin Koos of Leavenworth and Lindsay Williams skied to national sprint titles yesterday at the U.S. Cross Country Championships.
Koos, 24, took the lead on the second hill on the 1-kilometer course at Soldier Hollow and finished two strides ahead of Andy Newell of Shaftsbury, Vt.
Koos seemed especially pleased to win his first national championship.
“Absolutely,” he was quoted as saying on the U.S. Ski Team Web site. “I felt like I’ve been in this game since the sprints came out, but things haven’t gone my way. So, I knew I was healthy and things were going well.
“I felt a lot of pressure that I put on myself to show what I can do … and I showed it today.”
Koos finished 35th in the 2002 Olympic 1.5-kilometer sprint at Soldier Hollow while he was a student at the University of Utah.
Williams, a junior at Northern Michigan University, is from St. Paul, Minn. Wendy Wagner of Park City, Utah, was second. Laura Valaas of Wenatchee was eighth.
Last season, Koos and Newell became the first U.S. Ski Team members to finish in the top 20 of the same World Cup sprint. They are scheduled to travel to Europe this week to rejoin the World Cup circuit.
Grugger triumphs in men’s downhill
CHAMONIX, France — Johann Grugger won a World Cup downhill for the second time this season, showing his earlier victory in Bormio, Italy, was not a fluke.
He led a strong performance by Austria, which captured three of the top four spots while Daron Rahlves of Sugar Bowl, Calif., was the top American in fifth place. Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., the overall World Cup leader, shared eighth place. Miller had been leading on the upper part of the course but lost considerable time at the bottom.
Italy’s Kristian Ghedina prevented an Austrian sweep by finishing second. Downhill world champion Michael Walchhofer was third.
Ghedina, 35, became the oldest man to finish among the top three in a World Cup race. He bettered the mark of Austria’s Stephan Eberharter, who was 34 years, 11 months when he was second in a super-giant slalom at the World Cup finals last season, his last race before retiring.
Grugger’s time was 1 minute, 56.93 seconds.
Maze prevails in giant slalom
SANTA CATERINA VALFURVA, Italy — Slovenia’s Tina Maze took a World Cup giant slalom for her second win this season.
She was followed by Canadians Genevieve Simard and Allison Forsyth. Julia Mancuso of Olympic Valley, Calif., was fourth, the best result of her career.
Maze covered two runs in a combined time of 2 minutes, 36.78 seconds.
• Toby Dawson of Vail, Colo., led a U.S. men’s sweep at a freestyle World Cup moguls event in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, and Nikola Sudova of the Czech Republic won the women’s competition.
Dawson scored 25.50 points to take first place ahead of runner-up Jeremy Bloom of Loveland, Colo., and Luke Westerlund of Park City.
• Hannu Manninen of Finland won his second World Cup Nordic combined event in three days, using a strong cross-country race in Seefeld, Austria, to hold off Ronny Ackermann of Germany and increase his lead in the overall standings.
• Norway’s Linda Tjorhom overcame strong wind and rain to win a World Cup biathlon event in Oberhof, Germany. She was the only one of 96 competitors who did not miss a target.
• Andrus Veerpalu, competing before a home crowd in Otepaa, Estonia, won his first World Cup cross-country race of the season. Women’s overall leader Marit Bjoergen of Norway won for the sixth time.
Veerpalu won the men’s 15-kilometer classic in 37 minutes, 17.1 seconds. Bjoergen took the 10K classic women’s race in 27:20.2.