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Lathrop Top U.S. at Aspen SG


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ASPEN, Colo. (Feb. 4) — Christin Lathrop of Conway, N.H. was the top American super G finisher at the Chevy Truck Super Series Finals in Aspen. She took 2nd just .15 off race winner Kelly Vanderbeek of Canada.

OLN will broadcast coverage of the Aspen Chevy Truck Super Series event on March 7, at 8 p.m. (EST).

Vanderbeek posted her second victory of the weekend with a winning time of 1:24.96 on Ruthies Run as the four-day event wrapped up under fantastic racing conditions once again. Lathrop, a Green Mountain Valley School racer, posted a career-best result with a time of 1:25.11. Canada?s Sophie Splawinski–on the podium for the third time this weekend–was third at 1:25.48

“I?ve been doing well the past three days, but not quite what I wanted,” Lathrop said. “So this is it!”

Almost a dozen skiers went out on the first steep section called Aztec, and Lathrop credited a good course report as the key to her performance through the demanding section.

“Yesterday I just over-skied it on Aztec ? so today I got a good course report and I just tried to nail the top turn – because I have been messing that up.” Lathrop said. “I just kept it going all the way through and kept the speed. I executed, and that?s what I wanted to do.”

U.S. Ski Team member?s Libby Ludlow of Bellevue, Wash. and Bryna McCarty of Concord, Vt. were fourth and fifth respectively. Hillary McCloy of Bethel, Maine, the overall Chevy Truck Super Series winner, who wrapped up the title following Sunday?s super G, was sixth. Ludlow was on here way to a podium finish, however a quick mistake cost her.

“I got a little late coming into Spring Pitch – I had way too much direction and just totally dropped a lot of speed there and it killed me,” Ludlow said. “I was shooting for top two (in the overall Nor Am super G standings) to get a World Cup spot, and I don?t think I?ll get it. So it?s kind of disappointing.”

Splawinski added the Super Series super G title to the downhill title she won on Saturday. Lathrop, Ludlow and McCarty finished tied for second in the overall Super-G standings.

The women now head to Nakiska, Alberta for the Nor Am Finals March 22-26. Meanwhile, a number of U.S. Development Team athletes will travel to Salt Lake City to forerun events at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Alexandra Munteanu (Rumania), who finished 12th today, will represent her home country in women?s alpine events at the Olympics.

The men?s Chevy Truck Super Series Finals take place at Sunday River, Maine, Feb. 27-March 2. U.S. Ski Team members Eric Schlopy of Park City, Utah and Thomas Vonn of Newburgh, N.Y. are scheduled to compete.

Broadcast coverage of the Chevy Truck Super Series begins on the Outdoor Life Network on Feb. 14, 8 p.m. (EST) with women?s giant slalom from Hunter Mountain, N.Y.; Feb. 21, 8 p.m. (EST) with women?s slalom from Hunter Mountain, N.Y.; Feb. 28, 8 p.m. (EST) with women?s giant slalom from Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont.

The Chevy Truck Super Series is the U.S. portion of the FIS Nor Am Cup, one of five International Ski Federation Continental Cup series worldwide (others: Europa Cup, South America Cup, Australia/New Zealand Cup and Far East Cup). The top two overall athletes in the NorAm standings in each of the four disciplines (slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill) earn World Cup starting positions for the following season.


Aspen, CO, Feb. 4, 2002

Women?s Super G #2
1. Kelly Vanderbeek, Canada, 1:24.96
2. Christin Lathrop, Conway, N.H., 1:25.11
3. Sophie Splawinski, Canada, 1:25.48
4. Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, Wash., 1:26.18
5. Bryna McCarty, Concord, Vt., 1:36.36
6. Hilary McCloy, Bethel, Maine, 1:26.38
7. Suki Horton, Anchorage, Alaska, 1:26.78
8. Rachel Roosevelt, Storrs, Conn., 1:26.79
9. Gail Kelly, Canada, 1:27.37
10. Emily Hamill, Canada, 1:27.86
11. Lauren Lattimer, Canada, 1:28.01
12. Alexandra Munteanu, Rumania, 1:28.009
13. Gretchen Glaser, Tangent, Ore., 1:28.52
14. Jessica Dakers, Canada, 1:28.57
15. Kristen Bybee, Wilson, Wyo., 1:28.69

Final Overall Standings
1. Hilary McCloy, Bethel, Maine, 265 points
2. Sophie Splawinski, Canada, 233
3. Gail Kelly, Canada, 212
4. Kelly Vanderbeek, Canada, 176
5. Christin Lathrop, Conway, N.H., 167
6. Courtney Calise, Littleton, N.H., 143
7. Resi Stiegler, Jackson, Wyo., 137
8. Christina Risler, Canada, 135
9. Alexandra Munteanu, Rumania, 134
9. Rachel Roosevelt, Storrs, Conn., 134
11. Jessica Kelley, Starksboro, Vt., 130
12. Jamie Kingsbury, Moretown, Vt., 118
13. Ashley Spina, Guildhall, Vt., 116
14. Bryna McCarty, Concord, Vt., 109
15. Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, Wash., 93

Final Super G Standings
1. Sophie Splawinski, Canada, 57
2. Christin Lathrop, Conway, N.H., 54
2. Libby Ludlow, Bellevue, Wash., 54
2. Bryna McCarty, Concord, Vt., 54
5. Kelly Vanderbeek, Canada, 51
6. Rachel Roosevelt, Storrs, Conn., 50
7. Hilary McCloy, Bethel, Maine, 46
8. Gail Kelly, Canada, 44
9. Suki Horton, Anchorage, Alaska, 39
10. Alexandra Munteanu, Rumania, 38
11. Kristen Bybee, Wilson, Wyo., 32
12. Sherry Lawrence, Canada, 31
13. Gretchen Glaser, Tangent, Ore., 30
13. Lauren Van Ness, Park City, Utah, 30
15. Lauren Lattimer, Canada, 29