Zamansky carries success to slalom course

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U.S. Ski Team member Jake Zamansky made it 2-out-of-3 on Tuesday night at Howelsen Hill by edging Karl Johnson and hometown favorite Drew Roberts on the icy pitches of Howelsen Hill.

The slalom race was the third event of the week for the men in the Rocky Mountain Trophy Series' Steamboat Holiday Classic.

The men opened with giant slalom races Sunday and Monday before moving to Howelsen Hill for slalom races Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Zamansky, who is from Park City, Utah, has been nearly perfect since falling in the second run of Sunday's opening giant slalom race at Steamboat Ski Area. He rebounded by winning the second men's giant slalom race and the first slalom.

On Tuesday night, Zamansky and a pack of riders came from behind in the second run. University of New Mexico racer Tor Henning Fodnesbergene set the pace with a blistering time of 44.77 seconds.

But the college racer couldn't hold off the charging pack during the second run of the night.

Johnson was the fastest of the group in the second run at 44.11, but he could not make up enough ground on Zamansky to claim the victory.

Zamansky, who had the second fastest first-run time, laid down a solid effort to post the fastest combined time at 1 minute, 29.44 seconds. Johnson's run came up just a bit short at 1:29.94, and Steamboat Springs skier Drew Roberts moved up the ladder finishing third with a time of 1:30.32.

Charles Christianson was fourth, Andrew Wagner was fifth, and Fodnesbergene fell to sixth in the final standings.

Other top Steamboat finishers included Josh Bryan in 10th, Marsh Gooding in 15th, Brede Halsnes in 21st, Nicholaus Kullas in 26th, and Gaspar Perricone in 28th. Steamboat's Tony Cesoline finished 35th, Cory McConnell finished 42nd, and Andy White was 44th.

Steamboat's Thomas Allen and Ramsey Bernard also made huge moves after starting in the back. Allen, who started the race in the 100th slot, moved up to 30th, and Bernard moved from the 103rd starting slot to 49th in the final results. Andrew Berglund also picked up ground moving from 92nd to 52nd, and Wylie Thayer moved from 109th to 56th in the results.

Several other skiers, including Dylan Roberts (58th), Ian Landy (59th), Conor Lynch (60th), Jace Wirth (61st) and Ryan Coe (72nd), all made double digit jumps from starting position to their final placing.

-- John F. Russell/staff

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