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Wednesday — February 4, 2004


Powell wins
FIS speed race

SG at Big Sky

Former Sun Valley Ski Team racer Wes Powell of Ketchum won the final race of the Western Region FIS Series "Big Sky Speed Series" Jan. 28 at Big Sky, Mont.

Powell, 19, captured the super giant slalom by .40 seconds over Samuel Sweetser, 19, of Maine in an 82-skier field. It was Powell’s first FIS (International Ski Federation) victory. Earlier in the day in another SG, he had finished second .15 seconds behind Eric Straw.

"I was on some fast skis and everything kind of clicked. I’m happy with the results," said Powell, son of Tom and Annie Powell.

Powell is a freshman on partial scholarship at Montana State University and is one of four men on the MSU ski team. Although he won at Big Sky in SG, his college coaches at Bozeman have Powell racing giant slalom and slalom. Powell said he’d like to do more SG.

Next up for Powell and other older Sun Valley racers: The Wild West Classic Western Region Elite GSs and SLs Feb. 7-10 at Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Sun Valley’s Cassidy Doucette also cracked the top ten in SG, placing seventh and fifth overall among 46 women Jan. 27-28 at Big Sky.

In all, there were 139 racers, 90 men and 49 women, racing downhill and SG over four days at Big Sky. In the field were 18 Sun Valley skiers.

Top placings in each discipline:

Men: Wes Powell 18-DH, 1-SG; Ash Higgins 40-DH, 25-SG; Jason Eder 12-DH, 38-SG; Slater Storey 26-DH, 28-SG; Dixon Mooseau 30-DH, 35-SG; Dewey Moss 38-DH, 38-SG; Kristian Timmons 34-DH, 44-SG;

Cameron Minor 53-DH, 41-SG; Willi Cannell 67-DH, 55-SG; Luke Chaney 46-DH, 71-SG; Bryce Newcomb 75-DH, 68-SG; and Taylor Stoecklein 88-DH, 60-SG.

Women: Cassidy Doucette 24-DH, 5-SG; Lauren Eder 14-DH, 13-SG; Amy Alexander 14-DH, 14-SG; Charlotte Gourlay 17-DH, 19-SG; Danielle Maniere 32-DH, 32-SG; and McKenna Peterson 47-DH, 43-SG.



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