March 28, 2006
SUGARLOAF, Maine (USST Press Release)—A podium sweep by Eastern skiers Tuesday in men's giant slalom means The Tom Garner Memorial Cup, a.k.a., the Regions Cup, awarded to the top region based on results at the TD Banknorth U.S. Alpine Championships, will go down to the final race.
The women's GS Wednesday at Sugarloaf USA will determine the No. 1 region. After nine of 10 races, the West has 2,704 points to 2,624 for the East; Rocky/Central ranks third among the three U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association regions with 779.
Olympians Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH), Jimmy Cochran (Keene, NH) and Chip Knight (Stowe, VT) went 1-2-3 in the GS to help narrow the 421-point gap that existed to start the day; the West had 2,531 points to 2110 for the East.
The Garner Cup is based on World Cup points (100-80-60-50-45, etc) for the top 30 skiers in every race.
"Bode, Jimmy and Chip really helped tighten things; that was pretty dramatic, said USSA Competition Director Walt Evans. "The women's GS is going to determine the winning region, and it should be fun watching things play out, no matter who wins.
Evans noted several top Rocky/Central racers, all Olympians - Sarah Schleper (Vail, CO), Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO), Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO) and Kristina Koznick (Eagan, MN) - have missed all or part of the championships because of injury. In addition, former NorAm GS champion Jessica Kelley (Starksboro, VT) won't race.