Ford, Helie claim national downhill titles in Aspen


After a seven-day series of NorAm races in Aspen, Colo., American Julia Ford and Canadian Louis-Pierre Helie claimed U.S. National downhill titles today (Feb. 15).

It was another successful day in a string of several for Ford, who claimed her second straight U.S. downhill championship and also led an American sweeo of the women’s  podium.

Today’s victory is Ford’s fifth consecutive win (she has won two NorAm super G races and two downhills in Aspen in the last six days), as she stands within one point of teammate Abby Ghent for the NorAm overall lead.

“It’s overwelming. Each race I knew I had to ski my best to throw one in there,” said Ford, “Aspen offers a little of everything…it just seems to suit the way I ski. If you win once, you want to win again.”

“It’s been a really good year getting more experience on different hills and different downhills,” continued Ford. “My confidence has built up quite a bit because of that. I just feel really good when I’m in the start gate and on the course and that’s a big part of it.”

Ghent was second in today’s race, 0.24 seconds behind Ford. Brooke Wales finished third 1.58 seconds off the lead.

Helie won the men’s title with a total time of one minute, 43.24 seconds. Helie’s teammate Dustin Cook was 0.56 seconds behind  in second. Morgan Pridy rounded out the podium in third for the Canadians.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle, who won yesterday’s downhill, and teammate Tommy Biesemeyer led the American men tied for fourth, 0.62 second behind the winner. Americans Wiley Maple, and Keith Moffat followed in sixth and seventh.

The U.S. titles for super G, giant slalom, and slalom will be determined during The Championships (Mar. 28-Apr.1) presented by Nature Valley at Winter Park Resort. The NorAm Cup circuit will now move to Le Relais, Canada, for men’s and women’s races on Feb. 18&19.

Women’s Results

    1    18   538855    FORD, Julia                  USA/90        1’48.19      0.00
    2    17   539363    GHENT, Abby                  USA/92        1’48.43      2.95
    3    12   538975    WALES, Brooke                USA/90        1’49.77     19.42
    4    15   535585    STAPLES, Kiley               USA/89        1’49.89     20.90
    5    13   539457    MARNO, Anna                  USA/92        1’50.12     23.73
    6    16   539536    WILES, Jacqueline            USA/92        1’50.24     25.20
    7    14   107027    DAVIES, Tess                 CAN/91        1’50.73     31.22
    8    19   107384    CLARKE, Devon                CAN/94        1’51.58     41.67
    9    10   539356    CASTON, Rose                 USA/92        1’51.64     42.41
   10    20   107306    MICHALIK, Victoria           CAN/93        1’52.40     51.75
   11     1   539643    ERIKSEN, Lily                USA/93        1’52.81     56.79
   12     6  6535256    MUELLER-RISTINE, Julia       USA/95        1’53.22     61.83
   13     7   107310    RAMSDEN, Jocelyn             CAN/93        1’54.20     73.88
   14     4   539616    BABCOCK, Michaela            USA/93        1’55.45     89.25
   15     8   539962    HANSELER, Haley              USA/94        1’56.23     98.84
   16    21   107163    RYTZ, Celine                 CAN/92        1’56.69    104.49
   17     5  6535084    GAYLORD, Laura               USA/94        1’57.30    111.99
   18    22  6535049    TAYLOR, Nicole               USA/94        1’57.31    112.11

    DID NOT START

    DID NOT FINISH
         11   539404    SAMUELS, Lauren              USA/92  
          9   539685    RYAN, Katherine              USA/93  
          3   539986    ENDERS, Destrey              USA/94  
          2  6535075    MCGLASHON, Morgan            USA/94  

Men’s Results
 1     5   103090    HELIE, Louis-Pierre          CAN/86        1’43.24      0.00
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sp;   2     4   100558    COOK, Dustin                 CAN/89        1’43.80      7.21
    3    10   103612    PRIDY, Morgan                CAN/90        1’43.86      7.99
    4     7  6530319    COCHRAN-SIEGLE, Ryan         USA/92        1’43.89      8.37
          1   531452    BIESEMEYER, Thomas           USA/89        1’43.89      8.37
    6     2   930024    MAPLE, Wiley                 USA/90        1’43.93      8.89
    7    11   934551    MOFFAT, Keith                USA/91        1’44.11     11.21
    8     3   103656    HALBERT, Kelby               CAN/90        1’44.54     16.75
    9     6   103385    PRIDY, Conrad                CAN/88        1’44.75     19.45
   10    13   103646    ZAITSOFF, Sasha              CAN/90        1’45.07     23.58
   11    14   421797    THEODORSEN, Espen            NOR/88        1’45.33     26.92
   12    29   220874    BALDWIN, TJ                  GBR/90        1’45.47     28.73
   13    24  6530104    BENNETT, Bryce               USA/92        1’45.50     29.11
   14    12   103762    WERRY, Tyler                 CAN/91        1’45.53     29.50
   15    20   934568    RUBIE, Brennan               USA/91        1’45.75    
 16    22   934643    GOLDBERG, Jared              USA/91        1’45.84     33.49
   17    31  6530500    MCLAUGHLIN, Brian            USA/93        1’45.90     34.27
   18    21   103512    FRISCH, Jeffrey              CAN/84        1’45.96     35.04
   19    18   531156    TARBERRY, Ace                USA/88        1’45.99     35.43
   20    15  6530598    SNOW, Scott                  USA/93        1’46.41     40.84
   21    23   103997    MEGARRY, Morgan              CAN/93        1’46.53     42.38
   22    35  6530454    FARROW, Tanner               USA/93        1’46.59     43.16
   23    27   103899    SOLOMON, Andrew              CAN/92        1’46.67     44.19
   24    30   530641    FINK-DEBRAY, Miles           USA/88        1’46.81     45.99
   25    16   103942    BELL, Jeffrey                CAN/93        1’46.87     46.76
   26    28  6530115    CHRISTIANSON, Kieffer        USA/92        1’47.29     52.17
   27    32  6530539    WRIGHT, Bronson              USA/93        1’47.62     56.43
   28    19   934558    NOGES, Carl                  USA/91        1’47.66     56.94
   29    37  6530534    VIETZE, Sandy                USA/93        1’48.01     61.45
   30    46   480678    ULYANOV, Dmitrij             RUS/83        1’48.19     63.77
   31    47  6530486    KRAUSE, Nicholas             USA/93        1’48.30     65.19
   32    60  6530952    BERLACK, Ronald              USA/94        1’48.42     66.73
   &nb
sp;     17   934577    SMITH, Brennan               USA/91        1’48.42     66.73
   34    33  6530160    RYAN, Chase                  USA/92        1’48.48     67.50
   35    39  6530530    SWEEK, Miles                 USA/93        1’49.13     75.88
   36    42  6530642    HARTMANN, Kevin              USA/93        1’49.25     77.42
   37    25  6530555    FOWLER, Kristoff             USA/93        1’49.40     79.36
   38    38  6530496    MCCORMICK, Sean              USA/93        1’49.49     80.52
   39    64  6530826    ROBERTSON, Carter            USA/94        1’49.51     80.77
   40    52  6530865    HAFERMAN, Eric               USA/94        1’49.54     81.16
   41    36  6530639    ELLER, Bryce                 USA/93        1’49.72     83.48
   42    41    40523    DEMSCHAR, Dominic            AUS/93        1’49.96     86.57
   43    49   104044    READ, Kevyn                  CAN/93        1’50.04     87.60
   44    54  6530483    KIRCHER, Andrew              USA/93        1’50.10     88.37
   45    48  6531217    WEISEL, Kipling              USA/95        1’50.39     92.11
   46    34  6530481    KAMPHUIS, Colin              USA/93        1’50.44     92.75
   47    61  6530845    BOARDMAN, Michael            USA/94        1’50.50     93.53
   48    59  6530445    COLLINS, Harlan              USA/93        1’50.66     95.59
   49    43   934593    WRIGHT, Cole                 USA/91        1’51.13    101.64
   50    58   103965    GIGIC, Filip                 CAN/93        1’51.30    103.83
   51    63  6531330    FAKE, Hayden                 USA/95        1’51.31    103.96
   52    57  6530325    LYON, Macaulay               USA/92        1’51.45    105.77
   53    45  6530847    DEAN, Austin                 USA/94        1’51.58    107.44
   54    65  6531401    MITCHELL, Nicholas           USA/95        1’51.75    109.63
   55    56   103987    LAW, Michael                 CAN/93        1’52.15    114.78
   56    51  6531194    SAVARIA, K J                 USA/95        1’52.17    115.04
   57    44  6530309    RENNIE, Averell              USA/92        1’52.18    115.17
 58    53  6530889    SPLITSTOSER, Stephan         USA/94        1’52.56    120.07
   59    62  6531192    SANTANIELLO, Nick            USA/95        1’52.74    122.38
   60    55  6530807    CARLSON, Kirk                USA/94        1’53.27    129.21
   61    50   934516    CARR, Ritch                  USA/91        1’53.46    131.66

    DID NOT START

    DID NOT FINISH
         40  6530429    AXELROD, Max                 USA/93  
         26  6530453    DUPRATT, Samuel              USA/93  
          9   534289    FRANK, Chris                 U
SA/83  
          8   930105    GRANSTROM, Colby             USA/90  

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