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Skiers shine against international competition

Nico Richeda, coach Erik Gilbert and Marat Washburn pose after a strong weekend of ski racing in Maine.

A pair of Steamboat Springs Alpine ski racers fought through nasty weather to earn big finishes at an event in Sugarloaf, Maine, last week.

Marat Washburn laid down the fastest time on his first run of giant slalom at the 2016 Can-Am race series, then backed it up with his second run to win the race.

Fellow Steamboat U14 skier Nico Richeda was right on his heels, placing fourth.

"With the race hill hard and their edges sharp, Nico and Marat took to the race courses and proved that they can 'run with the big dogs!'" Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Erik Gilbert wrote in an email.

That was only part of their big weekend.

The event brought together athletes from around the country, as well as from Canada. Weather played a major role throughout. Organizers cancelled a skill assessment, then turned a planned super-G into the giant slalom Washburn won.

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That wasn't his only highlight, either. Both he and Richeda struggled in their first run of slalom, but skied well on the second, Marat recording the second fastest time on that run and Richeda the 13th. A day later, the pair tied for second place after the first run of another slalom race, before Marat was a little quicker on the second run to win the slalom. Richeda was third.

"It was a great week for SSWSC and the Rocky/Central Region representing in Sugarloaf," Gilbert wrote.