Canadian skiers net Nor Am Cup titles
While the World Cup season came to a close in Italy, the Nor Am Cup contest was also wrapping up with a mens competition at Mont Tremblant, Quebec and a womens competition at Georgian Peaks, Ontario. Both venues hosted two slalom and two giant slalom races.
When all was said and done, Rosslands David Anderson the winner of the Nor Am downhill and super G titles claimed his first Nor Am Cup championship title with 828 points. As one of the top two racers in Nor Am Cup disciplines, Anderson will have a guaranteed berth in both downhill and super G on the World Cup circuit next season.
Hes been there before. Anderson was climbing the ranks on the national team until he was injured at the Olympics in 2002 when he hit a winch cat cable. He missed almost all of the following season, and returned this year to start again from square one.
"Its been a great Nor Am season for me, and Im looking forward to ripping it up on the World Cup circuit next year," said the 23 year old.
Although Andersons title gave the team a boost, not everything went smoothly. Whistler Mike Janyk, who was on pace to win the slalom title and start on the World Cup circuit next year, made a critical error in his first run to finish near the back of the pack. Although he made up for it in his second run he only finished 28 th , and was relegated to third in the slalom standings.
"Its really too bad. The points were all so close for the overall, I just missed the World Cup spot by a hair. (U.S. skier James) Cochran hiked too in the first run, just not as bad. He started before me, so if Id known that I could have skied a little more safe," said Janyk.
Cochran finished 19 th in the race, but earned enough points to finish second in the slalom standings.
The Canadians in the top-10 of the last race were Julien Cousineau of Lachute, Quebec in fourth, Francois Bourque of New Richmond, Quebec in sixth, Nick Zoricic of Toronto in eighth, Trevor White of Calgary in ninth and Whistlers Scott Hume in 10 th .
American Ted Ligety took the slalom title and final race of the season with 339 points. Cochran had 272 and Janyk 255.
In the final womens slalom Brigitte Acton of Sault Ste-Marie was third, which put the 18-year-old third in the slalom standings and third in the overall points just shy of a World Cup berth of her own. She was followed in the race by Anna Goodman of Pointe-Claire, Quebec in fourth and Julie Langevin of Mont Tremblant, Quebec in ninth.