Nolan Kasper making Knight Moves
When Nolan Kasper ﬁnished his second run of the Beaver Creek slalom in the lead, he brandished a ski pole like a sword, made a few swats through the air and then put it in an imaginary scabbard at his hip. It would appear he’s ready for future successes practicing a ﬁ nish area signature. “I thought about it a couple of days ago, but it really came on the ﬂ y,” said Nolan, who would end up fourth in the Dec. 8 race. “You try to pull out as much as you can when you can.”
And sometimes, what you pull out is a podium. Last March 6, just a few weeks before he turned 22, Nolan Kasper placed second in a World Cup slalom at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, ﬁ nishing less than a tenth of a second behind Mario Matt. It was an afﬁrmation of what coaches and fellow athletes had been saying all season: Kasper is fast.
It was also cause for American celebration. It was the ﬁ rst slalom podium for a U.S. man in two seasons.
It had been, literally, a long haul for Kasper. It was his 30th race of the season, split fairly equally between the World Cup and the brutish Europa Cup circuit. Sir Skis-a-Lot Nolan Kasper
brandishes his sword at Beaver Creek.
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