Tuesday, February 18, 2003
Steamboat Springs Teddy Berglund's blazing second run in Saturday's slalom helped him slip past University of Colorado skier Brad Hogan a grab a coveted victory in the Rocky Mountain Trophy Series race.
The finish highlighted the weekend for Berglund and the other members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club who were in Vail for three Rocky Mountain Trophy Series events.
"I took it easy on my first run," Berglund said. "So I knew that I needed to make up some time the next time around."
The Steamboat skier said his back was bothering him in the first run. But by the time the second run rolled around, his muscles had loosened up enough for the racer to give it his all.
He sped to a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 12.61 seconds to win the race. Hogan was second at 1:13.01 and Rocky Mountain Division skier Christopher Berg was third at 1:13.23.
Steamboat's David Lamb was fifth, Gaspar Perricone was 10th, and Marsh Gooding was 13th. Steamboat's Dmitry Chase and Drew Roberts tied for 15th.
"It was nice to win, but there are some bigger races coming up," Berglund said. "This is the time of year when you want to pick up confidence."
On Saturday, that's exactly what Berglund wanted to do.
He had led the first slalom race of the week, which was held on Friday, after the first run.
But he crashed on the second run and failed to finish the race.
University of Denver skier Dominik Schweiger won the event after finishing with a time of 1:21.87.
Matthew Macko was second at 1:23.30 and Steamboat racer Joel Adams was third at 1:24.14. Gooding was fourth, Tony Cesolini was eighth and Peter Zimmer was 19th.
"That was a great finish for Joel," local coach Chris Puckett said. "He started in 19th, so he made up a lot of ground on the top guys."
Rocky Mountain Division skier Christopher Berg won Sunday's giant slalom race, which brought the Vail events to a close. Schweiger was second and Lamb came in third.
Among current Winter Sports Club skiers, Cesolini was 12th, Adams was 18th and Tyler Smedsrud was 19th.
"These were some important finishes for our team," Puckett said. "For the guys who want to make it to nationals at the end of the year, these finishes are going to mean a lot."