Spencer, Schlopy take Super Series GS races


PARK CITY(USST report) -- Just days after his comeback finish in the Chevy Truck America's Opening World Cup, hometown hero Erik Schlopy (Park City, UT) picked up a win in a Chevy Truck Super Series giant slalom Tuesday at Park City. Schlopy, who led both runs, made it back-to-back wins for U.S. Ski Team racers after Dane Spencer's (Boise, ID) win a day earlier.

Schlopy's two-run time was 2:22.43 with Dragsic's second in 2:23.56; Dragsic also was runnerup Monday. Croatian Ivicia Kostelic, the defending World Cup slalom champ but looking to improve his GS this season, was third with Jake Zamansky (Carbondale, CO) fourth and T.J. Lanning (also Park City), who made his World Cup debut Friday, an impressive fifth at Park City Mountain Resort.

Schlopy skipped Monday's GS, which was won by U.S. teammate Dane Spencer (Boise, ID), who skipped Tuesday's race.

Spencer wins first Super Series GS

PARK CITY, UT (Nov. 25) - Olympian Dane Spencer (Boise, ID) shrugged off some nagging knee pain and soft snow from an overnight storm Monday to win the first men's Chevy Truck Super Series giant slalom of the season by more than a half-second against a field thick with Europeans.

Spencer seized control on the first run at sunny Park City Mountain Resort and went on to win in 1:42.93. Slovenian Mitja Dragsic was second in the field of 88 with a time of 1:43.50 and Chip Knight (Stowe, VT) was third in the field of 88 at 1:43.70.

Several inches of soft snow made the footing a little tricky on CB's Run, which had hosted the men's and women's World Cup giant slaloms Thursday and Friday. During the Chevy Truck America's Opening races.

"It was rough," said Spencer, who tweaked his right knee in final training a week ago in Colorado. "There was some inconsistent snow - some chunky spots, some aggressive snow - but they did as good a job as they could with the new snow."

He said he planned to skip Tuesday's slalom to grab an extra day of rest at home during the holidays before heading back to Europe next week.

Knight, the defending Nor Am overall, GS and slalom champion, who was seventh Sunday in a World Cup slalom on CB's, was pleased with his runs on the bumpy snow. "The course was pretty open on both runs, so it was fun for me. And coming off my slalom skis, it's nice to go faster," he said.

Nor Am Cup
Park City Mountain Resort
Park City, UT - Nov. 25
Men's SL-1
1. Dane Spencer, Boise, ID, 1:42.93
2. Mitja Dragsic, Slovenia, 1:43.50
3. Chip Knight, Stowe, VT, 1:43.70
4. Thomas Vonn, Newburgh, NY, 1:43.95
5. Patrik Jaerbyn, Sweden, 1:44.13