Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Palmer captures GS win at Snow King

In Western Region FIS Open racing

Giant slalom race winner Teagen Palmer and first-page placer Harlan Collins of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation posted solid results during the Western Region FIS Open technical series staged Jan. 5-8 at Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Palmer, 17, got her 2012 race season off to a great start Thursday by winning the FIS Open giant slalom opener by .78 seconds over Bridget French, 19, from Big Sky, Mt. and the Park City (Utah) Ski Foundation. Palmer was fifth after the first run and posted the second-fastest second run to post the win in a field of 77 female starters and 65 finishers on Elk run.

That was the highlight of the four-race series for nine SVSEF racers in the field of 169 at Snow King Resort. Palmer couldn't duplicate her feat, although she came close. Palmer DNFd the final three races, although she posted the second-fastest first run and fourth-best first run in the two slaloms.

More consistent was Collins, 18, who made the first page of the results in all four races—11th and 11th in giant slalom, the seventh J1 (ages 17-19) in each event, and 8th and 10th in slalom, the seventh and sixth-best J1 in the two slaloms on Cougar run. There were 92 men in the field.

Sun Valley's Kipling Weisel made the J2 (ages 15-16) podium with a third place in Saturday's slalom. Here are other SVSEF top results from Wyoming:

J1—Sierra Fox 19th GS (13-J1) and 14th SL (9-J1); Tanner Dirstine 18th and 21st GS (10-J1 and 14-J1), 26th SL; Connor Farrow 30th and 46th GS (15-J1 and 29-J1).

J2—Jordan Fitzgerald 26th and 13th GS (10-J2 and 4-J2), 36th and 39th SL (16-J2 and 16-J2); Kipling Weisel 15th GS (4-J2), 13th SL (3-J2); KJ Savaria 45th and 40th GS (16-J2 and 11-J2), 20th and 20th SL (7-J2); Sofia DeWolfe 56th and 49th GS (29-J2 and 26-J2), 42nd and 44th SL (21-J2 and 21-J2).

Also racing was former SVSEF racer Jasmine Campbell, 20, who posted solid overall placings of 32-33-36-39 in the GS and SL events.

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