Local skier is overall Whistler Cup champ


— Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Joel Adams ended his season with a bang Sunday, being named the best skier in his age group in North America.

For his cumulative finishes in the international Whistler Cup race series, including a third-place finish in Sunday's giant slalom, Adams was named overall champion in the event.

Adams' third-place G.S. finish, combined with a fourth-place in Saturday's slalom and first-place in Friday's super-G, earned him the overall honor in the race series for skiers born in 1985 and '86.

"For Joel Adams to win the overall title at the Whistler Cup is just a crowning moment of his ski season," Winter Sports Club head alpine coach Werner Schnydrig said.

Joining Adams in the top honors over the weekend were Dmitry Chase and Drew Roberts.

Chase finished fourth in the giant slalom and Roberts was 15th. In Saturday's slalom, Chase raced into fifth place.

On the girls' side, Steamboat skier Lisa Perricone finished around 20th place in both weekend events.

"For one club to have athletes up there able to place two in the top five in an international event, that's a tremendous success for the athletes and for the club," Schnydrig said, adding that the win was also a credit to the skiers' traveling coach, Ben Webster.


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