Friday, December 21, 2012

Sofi Leroux aces Jackson Hole GS

SVSEF winner in FIS tech finale

Community School student Sofi Leroux, a newcomer to the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s alpine ski racing team, took a little time warming up to this week’s courses at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

The 18-year-old from West Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and the Whistler Mountain Ski Club placed 11th of 45 women in Saturday’s slalom and eighth overall among the gals in the 47-gate slalom course Sunday.

Leroux, whose 16-year-old brother Marc Leroux was among the 14-racer SVSEF contingent on the Wyoming hill, placed among the top 10 in the U-21 class each day in the International Ski Federation (FIS) slaloms.

Competing Monday in her favorite discipline, giant slalom, Sofi Leroux made a move onto the podium in third place of 43 finishers—clocking the second-best first run. Then she showed up big time Tuesday in the final race of the FIS series.

Leroux won both runs of the women’s GS and finished 1.10 seconds ahead of the next-best racer for her first win as an SVSEF contestant. Her teammate Linnea Baysinger made the U-18 podium in third place.

Sun Valley class placings in Tuesday’s Devo Tech GS finale:

( U-21 men: Harlan Collins 9-GS (18th overall); and Christopher Nalen 40-GS.

( U-21 women: Sofi Leroux 1-GS (1st overall); and Amanda Stelling 8-GS (19th overall).

( U-18 men: Marc Leroux 11-GS (36th overall); Ben Kanellitsas and Parker Scott 18-GS (tie); Tanner Josey 25-GS: William Harder 31-GS; Logan Shipley 41-GS; and Cole Caulkins 46-GS.

( U-18 women: Linnea Baysinger 3-GS (5th overall); Jordan Fitzgerald 5-GS (tie 8th overall); Kyla Miller 7-GS (10th overall); Mackenzie Bachmeier 15-GS (23rd overall); and Veronica Gaspar 22-GS (32nd overall).



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