Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Miller picks up two slalom wins at Bachelor

Sweek on podium in FIS gates

     Racing in light snow, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation alpine ski racer Kyla Miller, 16, had an excellent day Monday, April 15 in International Ski Federation (FIS) Northwest Cup slalom races on Thunderbird Run at Mt. Bachelor near Bend, Ore.

     U-18 (ages 16-17) racer Miller won both NWC women’s slalom races Monday—the first by .70 seconds while placing second in each run, and the second victory by a dominant 1.39-second margin after winning both runs in a relatively small field of 17 female starters.

     It’s been a good week of late-season racing all around for former Mission Ridge (Wash.) Ski Foundation racer Miller, now a Sun Valley Ski Academy Upper School sophomore from Lake Stevens, Wash.

     Having placed third in downhill and second in super giant slalom at the U-18 U.S. National Championships March 11-12 at Mammoth Mountain, Ca., Miller won Friday’s Northwest Cup women’s SG at Bachelor, then spent the weekend placing fourth in slalom and third in giant slalom.

     Another local racer enjoying success at Bachelor was Mission Ridge Ski Team racer Miles Sweek, 20, of Hailey. He was second of 40 men in Monday’s Northwest Cup slalom, trailing only Thomas Woolson, and Sweek placed third in Monday’s second slalom.

     Over the weekend Sweek was second in slalom and fifth in giant slalom.

     SVSEF racer Parker Scott placed seventh and 10th overall in the slaloms, and podiumed as the second and third U-18 Monday.

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