Vail, Colorado (January 28, 2001) -- The final stop of the Lexus Tomba Challenge ended with local ski hero Eric Archer defeating five-time Olympic medalist Alberto Tomba on the final day of racing. Not only did Archer claim the victory, but he'll be driving away with a one-year lease of a Lexus RX 300. "Now I can pass all of the other drivers in Vail," said Archer. "This car is the coolest prize I have ever won." Also benefiting from the event was Vail's local ski racing program, Ski Club Vail, which received over $20,000 from the weekend event. Overall, the Lexus Tomba Challenge has raised approximately $520,000 over the last three years, rewarding local junior ski racing clubs and children's charities across the United States.
Tomba's opponents were comprised of both individual racers and teams competing on a Giant Slalom course. Tomba narrowly defeated several opponents during Friday's and Satuday's competitions, but on Sunday, it was simply not to be for the Italian legend.
The day's competition began with the five fastest Public Run racers, Ted Johnson, age 28, Chris Del Bosco, age 18, Sandy Treat, age 41, Eric Archer, age 32, and M.C. Malboef, age 27, all vying to beat Tomba's time and drive home with the Lexus. With competition stiff and adrenaline in high gear, the racers provided the crowd with lots of excitement and a close race. But, it was Archer's time of 19.85 that defeated Tomba and brought a startling end to the final day of racing.
Courtesy of Switchback Public Relations.