Fin Wins Park City Super Series


Park City, UT, Nov. 21, 2000--Finland's Sami Uotila led both giant slalom runs Tuesday to win a Chevy Truck Super Series race on Park City Mountain Resort's CB's Run.

Under sunny skies and perfect racing conditions, Uotila won with a time of 2:25.19 over two runs. U.S. Ski Team racers took the remaining two podium spots as Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), who won Monday's GS on the same hill, was second in 2:25.47 and Erik Schlopy (Park City, UT) was third in 2:25.60.

Miller, who seems to have found his edge after skiing off course in slalom during Sunday's World Cup race at Park City, was third after the first run behind Uotila and Schlopy. He went all out on his second run and laid down a time of 1:14.11, just .19 better than Schlopy's final run but enough to overtake him.

"I skied solid runs," said Miller. "I'm just trying to get some experience on this hill. The second set wasn't very well suited for me and when it came time to put down the hammer to make some time, Ireally didn't have an opportunity to do it."

Follwing the first run, Schlopy was just .02 behind Uotila's time of 1:11.28. Schlopy is no stranger to the course as he recorded a career-best fourthplace finish Friday in a World Cup GS on CB's Run, which will serve as the 2002 Olympic GS course.

"It (the course) was pretty similar (to the World Cup set)," said Schlopy. "You really have to ski the hill more than the course. It was just good to getout here and ski the hill one more time and not worry about the result but worry more about finding the speed for the Olympics next year."

Uotila may have had the biggest cheering section in the finish area as upwards of 10 fans from his homeland brought him across the finish line.

Dane Spencer (Boise, ID) was fourth after the first run, but had speed problems on his second run. Spencer, who placed second in Monday's race,wound up in sixth with a time of 2:27.24.

The Chevy Truck Super Series makes its next stop at Beaver Creek, Colo. Dec. 4-6 with a super G and a pair of GS races.