Canada’s Philp wins NorAm slalom in Aspen
The Aspen Times
Canadian ski racer Trevor Philp put the finishing touches on the 2016 NorAm Cup Finals on Friday in Aspen.
The 23-year-old from Calgary, a former All-American on the University of Denver ski team, won the slalom on Aspen Mountain with a dominating first run.
On the World Cup slopes of Spring Pitch, Summer Road and Strawpile, Philp posted the best opening run by nearly a half-second.
Starting 30th on the flip-30 second run, Philp skied a smooth and steady race to capture the two-run victory Friday in 1:34.50.
Mark Engel of Truckee, California, finished second in 1:34.77. He raced at the University of Utah.
Erik Read of Canada, another skier from the powerhouse University of Denver program, finished third in Friday’s slalom in 1:35.03.
Read, also from Calgary, has two top-30 World Cup results in his ski racing career.
“It was a unique set for sure,” Philp said after his second run Friday. “I think the course setter had a little fun with it, obviously in hopes the athletes would fun with it.”
Philp, a 2014 Canadian Olympian, obviously had fun.
“The set was challenging; the gates were various distances,” he said. “Some were tight; some were open, some were straight; some were more turny. You had to think the whole way down.”
He said the challenging snow conditions also played a factor, particularly in the second run when the snow softened on the finishing face along Norway Island into the finish venue near the base of Lift 1A.
“There was a good groove, but as long as you stuck your tip in it, you could ski it,” said Philp, who skied on the gold medal team in Wednesday’s team event at Aspen Mountain.
Disappointed in his giant slalom race Thursday, the Canadian skier said he was looking for more on Friday.
“I was hoping to find another gear in the slalom, and I did,” he said.
Philp is scheduled to race in another NorAm slalom in Vail and then head to Whistler for the upcoming Canadian National Championships.
The 2016 NorAm Cup Finals in Aspen opened on Saturday, a day early because of approaching weather.
Two downhills were staged, including the USSA National Downhill Championships, won by Aspen’s Wiley Maple.
A super-G also was held as part of the preview package for the 2017 World Cup Finals, set for Aspen next March.
A giant slalom was staged Thursday, won by 2010 U.S. Olympian Tommy Ford of Oregon.
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