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Speed skier Tim Magill fares well at World Cup, eyes France

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Skiing downhill in excess of 158 kilometers an hour, Steamboat Springs' Tim Magill picked up two top-10 finishes in World Cup speed skiing events in early March.

Magill took 10th in his first World Cup race at Sun Peaks in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, and took sixth in his second run March 6. He clocked in at 158.133 kilometers per hour, or 99 mph, on the second run.

He was the second best American in the field.

"During the second run, I stayed on the snow better and worked the terrain better and came in faster," Magill said.

A large bump on a mostly smooth hill forced some skiers to take spills in excess of 100 mph.

Magill said those speed skiers with downhill Alpine racing in their backgrounds tended to fare better because of the varied terrain.

Magill was one of 38 men and women in his division.

Because both races at Sun Peaks were World Cup events, the speeds were regulated to a point. Magill said the International Ski Federation doesn't like its racers to go faster than 120 mph and that the heavy, wet snow that fell slowed the course down, as well.

The world record is 152 mph. But maybe not for long, Magill said.

He and many of the world's other top speed skiers will gather in France in April for a Pro Mondial event where weather is really the only speed regulator on the course.

Magill is hoping to reach speeds in excess of 138 mph while in Les Arcs, France.

"I'd like to see 142," he said. "I have a feeling (some people are) going to be into the 150s."

Sponsors have been generous in helping him with his equipment and travel expenses, Magill said, but he is always looking for more people or businesses interested in learning more about speed skiing and helping him travel the world to compete.

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