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Deer Valley: Barr, David take top spots in skicross

    There were two firsts today in skicross competition: Deer Valley held the first World Cup skicross in North America and Canada’s Davey Barr nabbed his first career win.
    Barr edged out America’s Casey Puckett and Switzerland’s Michael Schmid in a battle for the top of the podium on Saturday. America’s Daron Rahlves finished fourth.
    “When I was coming into today, I was thinking Michael Schmid and Tomas Kraus, how am I going to take these guys out?” said Puckett, the second place finisher today and bronze medal winner at the Winter X Games last week. “I didn’t even take into consideration what Davey was going to do. …I’d like to congratulate Davey for his first World Cup win.”

   
THERE WERE TWO firsts today in skicross competition: Deer Valley held the first World Cup skicross in North America and Canada’s Davey Barr nabbed his first career win.
    Barr edged out America’s Casey Puckett and Switzerland’s Michael Schmid in a battle for the top of the podium on Saturday. America’s Daron Rahlves finished fourth.
    “When I was coming into today, I was thinking Michael Schmid and Tomas Kraus, how am I going to take these guys out?” said Puckett, the second place finisher today and bronze medal winner at the Winter X Games last week. “I didn’t even take into consideration what Davey was going to do. …I’d like to congratulate Davey for his first World Cup win.”
    But Kraus was out of contention in the semi final after colliding with Canada’s Christopher Delbosco, who ended up in the fence. So after three rounds of skiing, it was Barr, Puckett, Schmid and Rahlves in the final. Rahlves struggled with starts all day, and skied in the fourth position the entire run. Puckett and Schmid fought for the lead, then made contact and Barr crept into first about three-quarters of the way down the course. “I had to be patient and see what was happening around me and make a move,” Barr said.
    That was all it took.
“He just snuck up in there and took off,” Puckett said.
    The competitors said they knew the start would make or break the skier’s ability to get ahead on the turny, technical course. Rahlves said there was one good place to pass on the entire course. “The start is so big,” he said. “I’m just stoked I made it to the finals. … If you get a bad start here you just get blocked the whole way.”
    On the women’s side, France’s Ophelie David took over the World Cup overall lead with the win, her third Cup win of the season. (She also won the X Games gold medal last week.) It was a tight race up top until France’s Meryl Boulangeat crashed going into a jump. After that, David took off beating second place Slovenia’s Sasa Faric with a commanding lead. Switzerland’s Emilie Serain came in third.
    “We had to really concentrate until the 'Spine Jump,'” David said about the breaking point in the race, “because it starts really flat so we had to pull hard with our arms and then we had to swivel this jump to catch the contact with the snow really quickly … technically it was hard to do so I had to focus on that.”
    The only American to qualify was rookie Langley McNeal, but she was done after finishing last in round one. “I’m just looking to learn from these girls,” she said. “It’s still early in the season.”

MEN'S SKICROSS RESULTS 

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Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1    2447828 BARR Davey  1977  CAN       1000.00
 2    2526254 PUCKETT Casey  1972  USA       800.00
 3    2455006 SCHMID Michael  1984  SUI       600.00
 4    2526958 RAHLVES Daron  1973  USA       500.00
 5    2386524 KRAUS Tomas  1974  CZE       450.00
 6    2526725 HAYER Stanley  1973  CAN       400.00
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DELBOSCO Christopher  1982  CAN       360.00
 8    2484562 PICCARD Ted  1978  FRA       320.00
 9    2190772 TAKIZAWA Hiroomi  1973  JPN       290.00
 10    2400395 ELIASSON Tommy  1980  SWE       260.00
 11    2422026 LENEL Robin  1985  FRA       240.00
 12    2412617 SPALINGER Richard  1975  SUI       220.00
 13    2451417 MATT Andreas  1982  AUT       200.00
 14    2450835 MIAILLIER Sylvain  1986  FRA       180.00
 15    2387591 IEZZA Massimiliano  1974  ITA       160.00
 16    2526897 DUNCAN David  1982  CAN       150.00
 17    2392635 STEFFEN Andreas  1975  SUI       140.00
 18    2526905 FIALA Jakub  1975  USA       130.00
 19    2484376 GROENVOLD Audun  1976  NOR       120.00
 20    2386718 ILJANS Eric  1969  SWE       110.00
 21    2484520 BENNETT Brian  1980  CAN       100.00
 22    2384390 WITTNER Markus  1973  AUT       90.00
 23    2526789 STICKL Simon  1987  GER       80.00
 24    2392732 VON GUNTEN Thomas  1971  SUI       70.00
 25    2412714 SAFAR Zdenek  1978  CZE       60.00
 26    2423481 GALLAND Antoine  1984  FRA       50.00
 27    2526957 KERR Errol  1986  USA       45.00
 28    2484604 KOLLER Patrick  1983  AUT       40.00
 29    2526995 BOVET Alain  1980  CAN       36.00
 30    2384681 WALDNER Klaus  1980  AUT       32.00
 31    2526898 CULBERT Cam  1977  CAN       28.00
 32    2385263 KONO Kenji  1983  JPN       26.00
 33    2391471 MANI Alois  1983  SUI       24.00
 34    2403402 MOLLING Karl Heinz  1972  ITA       22.00
 35    2526891 SMITH Cody  1978  USA       20.00
 36    2526892 TUCKER Lloyd  1986  USA       19.70
 37    2484630 EGGEN Silvio  1983  SUI       19.40
 38    2526635 JOHNSON Justin  1977  USA       19.10
 39    2389531 KUHN Xavier  1978  FRA       18.80
 40    2484602 LOSS Matteo Valentino  1982  ITA       18.50
 41    2526943 RUDIGOZ Jean Christophe  1981  USA       18.20
 42    2526029 MAIER Frank  1985  GER       17.90
 43    2526239 FABRE Olivier  1983  FRA       17.60
 44    2526824 BARDIN Tanner  1988  USA       17.30
 45    2484627 CATTANEO Luca  1972  ITA       17.00
 46    2526996 BROWN Adam  1982  CAN       0.00
 47    2526936 LONG Brian  1980  USA       0.00
 48    2526694 DOI Toshiyuki  1978  JPN  &nbsp
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   0.00
 49    2526971 RICIOLI Trevor  1985  USA       0.00
 50    2456461 SOUKUP Jan  1980  CZE       0.00

Did not start :

LEWEN Lars (SWE)

Did not finish :

CRIST Zachary (USA)

WOMEN'S SKICROSS RESULTS

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1    2394866 DAVID Ophelie  1976  FRA       1000.00
 2    2444045 FARIC Sasa  1984  SLO       800.00
 3    2404469 SERAIN Emilie  1984  SUI       600.00
 4    2415721 BOULANGEAT Meryl  1986  FRA       500.00
 5    2386815 ILJANS Magdalena  1969  SWE       450.00
 6    2387979 DEMERS Anik  1972  CAN       400.00
 7    2452775 FUKUSHIMA Noriko  1979  JPN       360.00
 8    2526912 MCFETRIDGE Gillian  1978  CAN       320.00
 9    2448604 MURK Seraina  1971  SUI       290.00
 10    2526906 MURRAY Julia  1988  CAN       260.00
style="padding-right: 7px"> 11    2484802 KVINLOG Gro  1976  NOR       240.00
 12    2485085 OWENS Jenny  1978  AUS       220.00
 13    2324342 BERNTSEN Hedda  1976  NOR       200.00
 14    2526896 WILSON Alyssa  1979  CAN       180.00
 15    2526828 GREIG Michelle  1988  NZE       160.00
 16    2526895 MCNEAL Langely  1984  USA       150.00
 17    2354611 CORDEAU Christine  1983  USA       140.00
 18    2526986 PETERS Stephanie  1984  USA       130.00
 19    2448701 GUGGER Anne-Patricia  1983  SUI       120.00
 20    2526328 KENNEDY Samantha  1988  AUS       110.00
 21    2526901 PARENT Justine  1982  CAN       0.00
 22    2526452 THORP Margie  1988  USA       0.00

 

Did not start :

LUSH Maris (CAN)

 

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