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Cole a winner in last day of slalom

Luke Graham

— University of Denver skier Adam Cole knew he was skiing fast.

The evidence was in his first runs on Saturday and Sunday’s slalom races at the Rocky Mountain Trophy Series Steamboat Holiday Classic.

But after having the best first run Saturday and falling to third after the second run, Cole found himself in a familiar position.

Skiing last of the top 30 with the top time in the first run Sunday.

This time though, despite a brief slip at the start, Cole managed to pull it together and take first place Sunday with a winning time of 1 minute, 21.33 seconds.

“It feels good,” Cole, who is originally from Park City, Utah, and now skis for the University of Denver, said. “(Saturday) in the second run I had some big bobbles that cost me eight-tenths of a second. Same thing happened today almost, but today I actually held onto it.”

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Saturday winner David Chodounsky came in second with a 1:21.36 and Cole’s teammate John Buchar finished third with a time of 1:22.10.

“I was happy. You win some and you lose some,” said Chodounsky, who grew up in Crested Butte. “I was right in there, I was close to the leader.”

After slower first run times, a change in the course made for faster second runs. Despite numerous racers having trouble with the steeper section of the course and into the first big turn, Cole said when he inspected the course for the second run, it was a layout he really liked.

“The snow I thought held up (better) than any of the other days, so I liked the course,” he said. “It was a pretty fair race.”

Three skiers with local ties finished in the top 10 in Sunday’s races.

Joshua Bryan (fifth), Drew Roberts (seventh), Austin Johnson (eighth) and Gaspar Perricone all improved on their first run times. Perricone improved the most, moving from 20th place after the first run to tenth after the second.

“I love skiing out here,” Bryan, who now skis for the University of Colorado, said. “I’ve had some good experiences here. My best runs have probably been on this hill.”

Because of Cole’s amateur status he won’t get to take home the $500 first place prize. Still he was happy with the result.

“I’ll get my jacket prize and enjoy that instead,” he said.