Ford Wins U.S. Alpine Championships Giant Slalom
On the final day of the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships presented by Stifel, Tommy Ford took home the national men’s giant slalom title.
“I had a more consistent run from top to bottom and I know how fast these other guys are skiing so I am happy to get in front of them,” said Ford. “I love racing here, the town, the people, it makes ski racing fun because the people love it. Shoutout to SVSEF for putting on a great event.”
It was a very cold start to the day, with temperatures in the teens. But the sun was out making for a blue bird finish to the week-long series. The course set on run one was turny with soft snow underneath, making it a challenge for many of the racers. George Steffey took the lead on the first run, with global racing teammate Brian McLaughlin close behind in second, and Tommy Ford in third.
On run two, the sun was fully overhead, the temperatures increased, and the set was again, very technical and turny for the racers. Several skiers had very strong second runs, moving up in the standings. In the end, it was a very tight race with mere tenths separating fourth from first. Tommy Ford ultimately took home the win, moving up from third place. Brian McLaughlin took second, and River Radamus squeezed past Steffey for third place.
“It feels alright, I did not execute my first run, I skied a little too aggressive, we are not used to these conditions, but I knew that if I wanted a chance at the win I needed to leave it all out there so I pushed as hard as I could,” said Radamus. “I wanted George to win it so bummed to see him fall short but happy for Tommy and Brian,” said Radamus.
McLaughlin commented that he is happy with his result, but itching for more, ready for next season.
“This will be the fourth time I have gotten second at nationals so I need a little more consistency,” said Mclaughlin. “Its been a long season, lots of travel so I am excited for the off season.”
This race marks the end of the ski race season for many of the racers, now they will rest and prep for the next season to come.