Steamboat skiers shine

Area athletes take on Howelsen Hill

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Steady snow and the tricky pitches of Howelsen Hill did little to deter Steamboat Springs skiers in Tuesday's Rocky Mountain Trophy Series slalom race.

While the University of Denver's Dominik Schweiger stole the show, he shared the podium with former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Brede Halsnes and current club member Drew Roberts.

Halsnes and Roberts laid down faster second run times, but their efforts were not enough to overcome Schweiger's first-run advantage.

After his first run, Roberts was just three one-hundredths ahead of former Winter Sports Club skier David Lamb in third and less than a second ahead of Halsnes in fourth.

"It was really stacked near the top," Roberts said. "There were three of us who were pretty close, so there was a lot of pressure in that second run."

Roberts, who recently switched his skis and wasn't happy with his training earlier this week, said things came together for him Tuesday afternoon.

He was able to hold off Lamb, who slipped to seventh in the final results, but was passed by Halsnes who laid down the fastest second-run time of the day and nearly caught Schweiger.

Schweiger finished with a time of 1:22.33, just five one-hundredths of a second faster than Halsnes who stopped the clock at 1:22.38.

"It was pretty good, but I would have liked to have finished first," Halsnes said after the race.

The 19-year-old grew up in Steamboat but left a couple of years ago to train with Norway's national team. Halsnes was the top skier in Tuesday's training but came out a little tentative the opening run.

"I just wanted to make it down in my first run, but I was a little behind on my second, so I went all out," Halsnes said.

The men's field of 180 racers was greeted with a steady stream of snow in the second run, but Schweiger said conditions remained good for the race.

"The crew of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club did a really good job," Schweiger said. "You have to thank those people who shoveled out everything. Overall, it was a really challenging race, but it wasn't because of the new snow."

The same field of racers are scheduled to take part in the second and final Rocky Mountain Trophy Series slalom race of the week at noon today.

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