Speed skier races to personal best

Routt County's Tim Magill goes 147 mph

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Local speed skier Tim Magill went to Europe to set a personal best -- and maybe a world record.

One of two isn't bad.

Clocked at 147 mph on April 9 in Les Arcs, France, Magill set a personal speed record at a Pro Mondial event called Red Rock Cup 7.

"I didn't go as fast as I wanted, but I still had a personal best," he said. "It was awesome. I went through the time trap and stood up and was like, 'That's the fastest I've ever gone on skis.'"

Magill received a certificate with his name and speed to document the accomplishment. After inclement weather forced the cancellation of two events in Italy and Slovenia, the weather cleared April 9 in France, creating ideal conditions to go for a world record.

Italy's Simone Orgone took advantage, claiming the title of "Fastest Man on Skis" after he topped 156 mph.

Racers such as Magill and Orgone compete on 238-centimeter skis. In France, six world records were broken, including records set for 223-centimeter skis and records for handicap and blind speed skiers.

Orgone set the record before Magill went down the steep hill. Magill was pleased he made the cut to at least have a shot at the world record.

"I was not unhappy with my run, but I was unhappy with the speed," he said. "I wanted 150 miles per hour."

It was a successful 40-day journey to Europe and back, Magill said.

In addition to setting a personal record, he also posted a top-10 finish at a World Cup race April 23 in Verbier, Switzerland. The Routt County speed skier's speed was 122 mph. At that race, he was the second-fastest American. In France, he was the fourth-fastest American on skis.

"FIS limits speed," Magill said about the biggest difference between World Cup and Pro Mondial races. "Pro races are for speed and money."

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