Steamboat Springs The native tongues of nearly a dozen countries filtered through the air on a bright and sunny Monday at Steamboat Ski Area.
The snow had been good, the course fun and the competition intense, and when it was over, the skiers from the second day of Steamboat’s first Telemark World Cup event all seemed to be talking with the same message in mind.
Waiting for the awards ceremony, they played and performed tricks with their skis. They pointed and motioned as the diverse crew — from American teenagers to European thirtysomethings — came together to build a pyramid with their bodies. Few, if any, understood every word spoken, but laughter was the day’s Rosetta Stone and Telemark skiing the shared love.
And with podiums full of Europeans on the men’s and women’s sides, the event’s second race, a giant slalom at the ski area, was in the books.
“This is great,” said Eirik Rykhus, a Norwegian skier who claimed the men’s title Monday. “This is the best Telemark race event I’ve been to in the United States. The hill is very good. I really like this course.”
Rykhus had a combined two-run time on the Sitz-See Me GS course of 1 minute, 40.30 seconds.
Philippe Lau, of France, earned his second World Cup podium spot in as many days, finishing second in 1:41.18, and Matias Wagenius, of Sweden, also earned his second trip to the podium with a time of 1:42.91.
On the women’s side Amélie Reymond, of Switzerland, won for the second day in a row with a time of 1:48.74. Sandrine Meyer, also of Switzerland, was second in 1:50.85, and Norway’s Katinka Knudsen was third at 1:52.78.
Meyer was a top-three finisher the day before, as well.
A jump midway through the course proved an obstacle for some skiers. Racers were judged on their times, their jumps and the quality of their telemark turns around the gates.
The United States, represented by a large team and many Steamboat Springs skiers tearing down their home hill, didn’t manage any podium spots or top-10 finishes but still turned in a number of good races.
Shane Anderson, a coach with Steamboat’s Telemark program, was the team’s top male finisher. He was 12th at 1:50.40.
Drew Hauser was 13th, Cory Snyder was 14th, David Hobbs was 16th, Josh Lanzetta was 18th, Joel Nylander was 19th, Eric Lamb was 20th, Birk Larsen was 23rd, Ken Recker was 24th, John Aiden Rhode was 25th, Charlie Dresen was 26th, Cole Schneider was 27th and Chris Henery was 28th.
It was a good day, Anderson said, one made all the better for him as things ran smoothly. He’s helped run the three-day event and said he’s barely been able to take the time to focus on skiing.
“Everyone’s really impressed with how well we put on races here in Steamboat, so that’s really great,” Anderson said. “Everything has gone great. We’re a pretty small group of people, and we spend a lot of our winters together, so we all love to hang out.”
On the women’s side, Steamboat’s Erika Walters was her country’s top finisher, in 11th. Madi McKinstry was right behind in 12th. Kathleen Ross was 16th, and Elizabeth Klemer was 17th.
“I did OK. I got a lot of penalties,” Walters said. “This is a lot of fun. I really like it. It’s a little nerve racking at first, but it’s great competing at home.”
She’ll get one more chance to ride the home snow today. Action in the final event of the three-day local World Cup event starts with the first run of a sprint classic race at 10:30 a.m. at Howelsen Hill. The second run follows at 1 p.m.
Steamboat Springs Telemark World Cup results
Monday, Feb. 22, 2010
- Eirik Rykhus, Norway, 1:40.30
- Philippe Lau, France, 1:41.18
- Matias Wagenius, Sweden, 1:42.91
- Harald Kvaerner, Norway, 1:43.23
- Sven Lau, France, 1:45.19
- Daniel Forrer, Switzerland, 1:48.00
- Chris Lau, France, 1:46.60
- Bastien Dayer, Switzerland, 1:48.00
- Antoine Bouvier, France, 1:49.10
- Troels Tore Larsen, Denmark, 1:49.40
- Thomas Bergfors, Denmark, 1:50.21
- Shane Anderson, United States, 1:50.40
- Drew Hauser, United States, 1:51.94
- Cory Snyder, United States, 1:52.73
- Luke Pintar, Slovenia, 1:54.06
- David Hobbs, United States, 1:55.05
- Tine Kolenc, Slovenia, 1:56.09
- Josh Lanzetta, United States, 1:57.84
- Joel Nylander, United States, 2:00.83
- Eric Lamb, United States, 2:04.38
- Yoda Kentaro, Japan, 2:04.72
- Sadahiro Kazunori, Japan, 2:08.18
- Birk Larsen, United States, 2:09.71
- Ken Recker, United States, 2:13.47
- John Aiden Rhode, United States, 2:13.73
- Charlie Dresen, United States, 2:17.52
- Cole Schneider, United States, 2:18.02
- Chris Henery, United States, 2:19.14
- Amélie Reymond, Switzerland, 1:47.74
- Sandrine Meyer, Switzerland, 1:50.85
- Katinka Knudsen, Norway, 1:52.78
- Melodie David-Metral, France,1:53.43
- Laura Grenier-Soliget, France, 1:54.58
- Suzanne Scheller, Germany, 1:56.76
- Lisa Englund, Sweden, 1:56.91
- Maren Ulvestad Haugsten, Norway, 1:58.70
- Anne Marit Enger, Norway, 1:58.93
- Julie Duedahl, Denmark, 2:02.16
- Erika Walters, United States, 2:03.99
- Madi McKinstry, United States, 2:08.15
- Raquel Bau Lau, Spain, 2:09.58
- Rachel Morgan, Great Britain, 2:21.27
- Sarah Hannibal, Great Britain, 2:22.42
- Kathleen Ross, United States, 2:39.08
- Elizabeth Klemer, United States, 2:40.12