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Snowbasin, UT, Feb. 10, 2001–Chris Puckett (Boulder, CO) learned from his experiences a day earlier and picked up a win Sat. in the ChevyTruck Super Series downhill on the Olympic course in Snowbasin. Puckett, who went off course in Friday’s opener, won in 1:17.80 over Friday’swinner Scott Macartney (Redmond, WA). Canadian Vincent Lavoie was third.
“I made a mistake Friday and went off course, so to really lay one down here today is awesome for me,” said Puckett.
Friday, Puckett carried too much speed into a tricky section of the course and missed a control gate.
Macartney continued to be one of the most consistent racers all week with his second place finish. “This is a really exciting and fun course to ski. It’s going to be a great Olympic course,” said Macartney. “We started lower today so we went into the first turns with less speed and different angles than yesterday. I made some mistakes – my run wasn’t as good as yesterday.”
The win was encouraging for Puckett. “I got great course reports,” said Puckett. “This is a very tight group. Even though I haven’t been racing with these guys for very long, there is great teamwork. I really appreciate what they did and I’ll return the favor.”
Weather continued to play games with organizers, but for the second straight day the organizers kept the event on schedule. The originalschedule called for downhills on Friday and Saturday, with the super G Sunday. That was changed two days earlier to try both downhills onFriday, with snow expected Saturday. That snow never really arrived and Friday’s second downhill moved back to its original slot on Saturday.
The Super Series races are the first races held on the men’s course. Friday’s event went from the top of the course perched high above Ogdenand the Great Salt Lake. High winds on Saturday forced organizers to move down the mountain, just above the men’s super G start.
Snow is still forecast, but organizers are hopeful to complete the schedule with Sunday’s super G. The top men in the world come to Snowbasinin 10 days for the Feb. 23-25 World Cup featuring a pair of downhills and a super G.
World Champion super G racer Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) is expected for Sunday’s Super Series super G. Rahlves, who arrived Fridayevening from St. Anton, Austria, is in Snowbasin for a four-day U.S. Ski Team training camp. “It’s great to be back home,” said Rahlves, “and I’mexcited to get on the course at Snowbasin.”
Along with Puckett, U.S. Ski Team racers Jake Fiala (Breckenridge, CO) and Chad Fleischer (Vail, CO) were arriving Saturday in Snowbasin andwere likely to start in Sunday’s super G.
Chevy Truck Super Series
Sat. Feb. 10
1. Chris Puckett, Boulder, CO, 1:17.80
2. Scott Macartney, Redmond, WA, 1:18.64
3. Vincent Lavoie, CAN, 1:18.66
4.Joshua Transue, Hunter, NY, 1:18.83
5.Mike Giannelli, CAN, 1:19.24
6. Ryan Oughtd, CAN, 1:19.26
7. Justin Johnson, Park City, UT, 1:19.40
8. Thomas Vonn, Newburgh, NY, 1:19.45
9. Andre Horton, Jackson Hole, WY, 1:19.92
10. Sean Cochrane, CAN, 1:20.19