Chodounsky wins US slalom title on postcard day for racing


The men's slalom podium at U.S. Alpine Championships. C.J. Feehan

The men’s slalom podium at U.S. Alpine Championships. C.J. Feehan

David Chodounsky rallied from more than a half second down after first run at the U.S. Alpine Championships slalom in Squaw Valley to claim his second national title and the first in four years.

Third after the first run on a postcard day for racing, Chodounsky had to move past two-time NCAA slalom champion Espen Lysdahl as well as first run leader Tim Kelley to notch the win.

“I had a bobble first run so I skied solid but knew I could ski faster,” said Chodounsky. “All of these guys were skiing really fast …Will Brandburg, Colby Granstrom, Nolan Kasper. I knew I had to push it, and I did. I was on the limit in a couple spots but it worked out and I’m happy with the result.”

Former national team athlete and NCAA standout for the University of Vermont, Kelley won the first run and then displayed positive emotions in the finish area despite ultimately finishing second in the race.

“I feel awesome,” said Kelley, both enthusiastic about second-place and Chodounsky’s win. “I’ve always felt a bit cursed at Nationals … I watched Dave’s run and I was just psyched to be with him.”

Will Brandenburg closed out the podium with a second run charge that raised him up from fifth-place into third.

“I’m pretty disappointed,” he reflected. “I’m really happy for two of the best guys in ski racing. Dave wins and Timmy gets second. But this national title just keeps eluding me, and I’m not happy about that. Those guys are ripping skiers. Dave ripped second run and really put the pressure on.”

Both Kelley and Brandenburg, who will likely not be renamed to the U.S. Ski Team next season, plan to continue racing next season. Brandenburg has a World Cup start in slalom from this year’s NorAm standings, and Kelley has shown great promise this season in Europa Cup and NorAm racing.

Other second run charges were employed by Colby Granstrom, climbing from sixth to fourth with the second fastest run, and Michael Ankeny who used the fastest second run to leap from 17th to eighth.

University of Denver’s Lysdahl wound up fifth, University of Utah’s Mark Engel was sixth, Nolan Kasper seventh and Bryce Bennett, racing in a hot pink tutu that was given to him by the kids on the Squaw Valley Ski Team, tenth.

“Might as well have some fun… Keep it real in a tutu, keep it fun,” Brandenburg said.

The top junior skier was development team athlete Sandy Vietze in ninth followed by Team America’s Alex Leever in 13th and the University of Colorado’s Tanner Mottau in 14th.

The racing was well appreciated by a huge enthusiastic crowd, and the athletes appreciated the cheering right back.

“Squaw Valley, this is the coolest nationals I’ve seen atmosphere-wise. There are so many kids and fans out here. It really means a lot to the athletes to feel that energy,” concluded Chodounsky. 

 

RESULTS

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  6  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA  48.96  46.86  1:35.82  8.00
 2  2  530837 KELLEY Tim 1986 USA  48.31  47.93  1:36.24  +0.42  10.72
 3  3  530165 BRANDENBURG Will 1987 USA  49.12  47.39  1:36.51  +0.69  12.46
 4  5  930105 GRANSTROM Colby 1990 USA  49.74  46.85  1:36.59  +0.77  12.98
 5  1  421954 LYSDAHL Espen 1990 NOR  48.56  48.05  1:36.61  +0.79  13.11
 6  9  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA  50.15  47.80  1:37.95  +2.13  21.78
 7  7  532138 KASPER Nolan 1989 USA  49.06  49.28  1:38.34  +2.52  24.31
 8  4  934502 ANKENY Michael 1991 USA  52.44  46.75  1:39.19  +3.37  29.81
 9  22  6530534 VIETZE Sandy 1993 USA  51.44  48.30  1:39.74  +3.92  33.36
 10  24  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  51.68  48.53  1:40.21  +4.39  36.41
 11  20  531392 JAMPOLSKY Grant 1989 USA  50.86  49.41  1:40.27  +4.45  36.79
 12  19  930188 MARSHALL Tucker 1990 USA  52.01  48.93  1:40.94  +5.12  41.13
 13  28  6531160 LEEVER Alex 1995 USA  51.51  49.71  1:41.22  +5.40  42.94
 14  48  6530504 MOTTAU Tanner 1993 USA  52.32  49.03  1:41.35  +5.53  43.78
 15  25  103752 TROW Andy 1991 CAN  52.93  48.71  1:41.64  +5.82  45.66
 16  43  6531135 FRANCIS Brian 1995 USA  53.90  48.09  1:41.99  +6.17  47.92
 17  34  6531203 SPROCK Ty 1995 USA  53.29  49.20  1:42.49  +6.67  51.16
 18  26  6530167 SHIFFRIN Taylor 1992 USA  53.67  48.85  1:42.52  +6.70  51.35
 19  31  6530168 SMITH Cameron 1992 USA  54.27  49.08  1:43.35  +7.53  56.72
 20  58  6531195 SCHIBLI Jack 1995 USA  53.99  49.50  1:43.49  +7.67  57.63
 21  61  6531520 MORSE Sam 1996 USA  54.17  49.41  1:43.58  +7.76  58.21
 22  69  6531259 VETH Nicolas 1995 USA  54.98  49.36  1:44.34  +8.52  63.13
 23  41  6530826 ROBERTSON Carter 1994 USA  54.80  49.90  1:44.70  +8.88  65.46
 24  55  6531523 O BRIEN Keilan 1996 USA  55.49  50.16  1:45.65  +9.83  71.60
 25  50  6531482 FERRI James 1996 USA  54.60  51.73  1:46.33  +10.51  76.00
 26  49  6531472 DRILLER Garret 1996 USA  55.43  51.22  1:46.65  +10.83  78.08
 27  8  930160 KELLEY Robby 1990 USA  56.22  51.87  1:48.09  +12.27  87.39
 28  56  6531560 WILSON Cody 1996 USA  56.77  52.54  1:49.31  +13.49  95.29
 29  81  6531152 KANELLITSAS Ben 1995 USA  56.65  52.99  1:49.64  +13.82  97.42
 30  79  6532009 CASHMAN Jordan 1997 USA  58.10  53.15  1:51.25  +15.43  107.84
 31  70  6530901 FERRI Michael 1994 USA  1:07.81  53.18  2:00.99  +25.17  170.86
 32  36  221213 RAPOSO Charles 1996 GBR  1:02.14  1:16.96  2:19.10  +43.28  288.04
Disqualified 2nd run
 54  6531519 MOONEY Ryan 1996 USA
 53  6530840 DUFFY Danny 1994 USA
 52  6530800 THEIS Tyler 1994 USA
 51  6530454 FARROW Tanner 1993 USA
 37  6531205 TALBOTT Marc 1995 USA
 23  6530115 CHRISTIANSON Kieffer 1992 USA
Disqualified 1st run
 77  6531726 SZWEBEL Florian 1996 USA
 66  6531474 DVORACEK Addison 1996 USA
 57  534038 NICKERSON Warner 1981 USA
 46  6531106 AUTY Jack 1995 USA
 40  6530795 DAVIS Devin 1994 USA
 12  930194 MCNEALUS Andrew 1990 USA
Did not start 2nd run
 14  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA
Did not start 1st run
 72  6531854 GRIFFITH Ian 1997 USA
 67  6530476 HUNTER Taylor 1993 USA
 45  6531145 HALL Max 1995 USA
 35  530827 ELLIOT Jeremy 1988 USA
 32  934568 RUBIE Brennan 1991 USA
Did not finish 2nd run
 74  6530865 HAFERMAN Eric 1994 USA
 60  6530496 MCCORMICK Sean 1993 USA
 33  6531115 BROWN Griffin 1995 USA
 21  6531063 GINNIS Alexander 1994 USA
 16  6530117 CONE Robert 1992 USA
Did not finish 1st run
 82  6531509 LEBEL James 1996 USA
 80  400293 WEEMAES Pieter 1997 NED
 78  6531535 QUEIROLO Wyatt 1996 USA
 76  410393 JUNEAU Tai 1995 NZL
 75  6530453 DUPRATT Samuel 1993 USA
 73  6530925 VAN DEURSEN Jake 1994 USA
 71  6531610 HANCOCK Andrew 1996 USA
 68  6531127 DUFFY Drew 1995 USA
 65  6530539 WRIGHT Bronson 1993 USA
 64  6531192 SANTANIELLO Nick 1995 USA
 63  6530500 MCLAUGHLIN Brian 1993 USA
 62  6531263 MURRAY Michael 1995 USA
 59  6531144 HADERLE Brannen 1995 USA
 47  6531165 MARTENS Peter 1995 USA
 44  6531186 PLANT Riley 1995 USA
 42  103953 CARRY Roger 1993 CAN
 39  6531217 WEISEL Kipling 1995 USA
 38  6531444 ARVIDSSON Erik 1996 USA
 30  531414 BANSMER Michael 1989 USA
 29  6531246 ASTLE Bryce 1995 USA
 27  422001 BRATH Joergen 1991 NOR
 18  930133 HIGGINS Sean 1990 USA
 17  530326 WILSON Ryan 1987 USA
 15  934566 ROBERTS Hig 1991 USA
 13  530651 STIEGLER Seppi 1988 USA
 11  930107 GREGORAK Will 1990 USA
 10  532232 MCDONALD Fletcher 1989 USA
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