Shane Anderson, with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, touches down after clearing a jump in the classic race at the FIS Telemark World Cup Race at Keystone Resort on Thursday.

Mark Fox/Summit Daily News

Shane Anderson, with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, touches down after clearing a jump in the classic race at the FIS Telemark World Cup Race at Keystone Resort on Thursday.

Steamboat's Anderson leads team at Telemark race

Skier finishes 3rd in World Cup classic race at Keystone

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Telemark World Cup classic race results

Men

Matias Wagenius, Sweden

Harald Kvaerner, Norway

Shane Anderson, United States

Antoine Bouvier, France

Troels Tore Larsen, Denmark

Chris Lau, France

Daniel Forrer, Switzerland

Bastien Dayer, Switzerland

Sven Lau, France

David Hobbs, United States

Thomas Testillano, Spain

Jeffrey Gay, United States

Thomas Bergfos, Denmark

Eirik Rykhus, Norway

Charlie Dresen, United States

Luka Pintar, Slovenia

Drew Hauser, United States

Eric Lamb, United States

Josh Lanzetta, United States

Joel Nylander, United States

Charles Long, United States

Tine Kolenc, Slovenia

Chris Henery, United States

Ken Recker, United States

Cole Schneider, United States

Yoda Kentaro, Japan

Birk Larsen, United States

Sadahiro Kazunori, Japan

John Rohde, United States

Philippe Lau, France

Richard Parrott, Great Britain

Women

Sandrine Meyer, Switzerland

Amelie Reymond, Switzerland

Katinka Knudsen, Norway

Laura Grenier-Soliget, France

Anne Marit Enger, Norway

Maren Ulvestad Haugstuen, Norway

Suzanne Scheller, Germany

Julie Duedahl, Denmark

Melodie David-Metral, France

Erika Walters, United States

Lisa Englund, Sweden

Raquel Bau, Spain

Madi McKinstry, United States

Sarah Hannibal, Great Britain

Rachel Morgan, Great Britain

— Having just turned 31, Shane Anderson is a bit unsure about how long he’ll keep clicking into his skis to race at his sport’s highest level.

Between his work as a coach with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and the toll Telemark racing takes on a skier — not just physically, but also financially — Anderson just doesn’t know how many years he has left.

One thing he is sure of, though, is that he’s skiing pretty darn well lately.

After earning his first career World Cup podium on his home Howelsen Hill earlier in the week — the first by any American man since 2003 — Anderson continued his stellar skiing Thursday in a World Cup classic race at Keystone with a third-place finish among some of the world’s best. 

“I never imagined that I’d ever really get there. I’ve come close a few times, but it just takes a perfect run,” Anderson said about his recent podium finishes. “Everything felt really good today, again.”

Anderson’s finish was certainly a highlight for the first World Cup Telemark race held in Summit County, the area credited with the sport’s revival more than 30 years ago.

Opening up a four-day series of races, Thursday’s classic competition on Keystone’s Go Devil run combined a giant slalom speed race, with a Nordic-style jump in the middle, and a lengthy skate section to the finish.

With more than 50 men and women from a half-dozen countries competing Thursday, most of the hardware belonged to the European visitors.

The women’s field was topped by a pair of Swiss skiers. Sandrine Meyer edged out teammate Amelie Reymond for the title, and Norway’s Katinka Knudson was third. It was the first time all season Reymond didn’t finish first on the women’s World Cup circuit.

The American hopes of a top-3 finish were dashed when Steamboat teenager Lorin Paley pulled out Thursday with a knee injury. Only 17, Paley is the top U.S. female competitor, having earned both a second- and third-place finish in World Cup races this season.

“Our best girl was hurt today, and that didn’t help,” said Silverthorne’s Tory Hauser, one of the event’s organizers and an administrator with the U.S. National Telemark Team. “She tried to go but just couldn’t. Hopefully, she’ll be able to race one of the next three days.”

The top U.S. finishers were Steamboat’s Erika Walters (10th) and Madi McKinstry, who was 13th.

On the men’s side, Sweden’s Matias Wagenius won the race, with Norway’s Harald Kvaerner in second.

But the day seemed to belong to the American contingent.

Including Anderson, the U.S. team had four skiers in the top 15. David Hobbs finished 10th, and Steamboat skiers Jeffrey Gay and Charlie Dresen were 12th and 15th.

Races continue today with another classic competition at 11 a.m. On Saturday and Sunday, Keystone will hold giant slalom races starting at 10 a.m.

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