Zamansky wins Utah giant slalom |

Zamansky wins Utah giant slalom

Aspen Times Staff ReportAspen, CO Colorado

PARK CITY, Utah Aspenite Jake Zamansky won the second National Development System Invitational giant slalom Thursday in Park City, Utah, edging former World Championships medalist Erik Schlopy by 0.24 seconds.Zamansky’s winning time was 1 minute, 53.81 seconds. Schlopy, a Park City local, was second in 1:54.05. Third place went to another U.S. Ski Team racer and Wednesday’s giant slalom winner, Kevin Francis of Bend, Ore. Francis finished in 1:54.37. “It was a fun race,” said Zamansky, who currently lives in Park City for training opportunities, in a U.S. Ski Team news release. “It’s nice to be out here at home, in my own bed, with my family and friends here. The race crew did a great job prepping the hill, and it was a great competition.”Zamansky said Thursday’s win helped make up for skiing out early in Wednesday’s race. “I really wanted to win after making a big mistake yesterday and going out on the third gate,” he said. “It was a little redemption.”The NDS series consists of four races organized by the United States national alpine governing body to give some top-level racing to athletes heading to the upcoming FIS Alpine Junior World Championships in Spain, as well as other top juniors from around the nation. It brings together top-ranked racers from each division in the country to compete alongside one another – and against several U.S. Ski Team athletes such as Zamansky, Schlopy and Francis.Zamansky praised the idea of the NDS Invitational.”It’s great for [the juniors] to size themselves up against folks like Erik Schlopy,” he said. “He’s top 30 in the world. You get to gauge yourself against the best guys in the nation. You get to start closer to them than you normally would.”University of Utah racers Scott Veenis (Salt Lake City) and Tague Thorson (Park City) were fourth and fifth in Thursday’s race. They were followed in order by five skiers bound for Junior Worlds: Andrew Phillips (Park City), Travis Ganong (Olympic Valley, Calif.), Max Hammer (Jackson, Wyo.), Bump Heldman (Auburn, Maine) and Nolan Kasper (Warren, Vt.).The Invitational wrapped up Friday with a pair of slaloms.

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