Hometown kid Ganong wins National SG titleTweet
After a strong season on the World Cup circuit, American racer Travis Ganong picked up his first win of the winter on home turf in Squaw Valley Friday, collecting another national title in super G.
“It was my first race at home in eight years,” said Ganong. “So it’s was pretty nice to race at home and sleep in my own bed and see all the hometown crowd. I love skiing here. Every year, when I come home, I love the two, three weeks at the end of the season I have to rip around and have fun.”
Ganong, a speed specialist, skipped the GS yesterday, opting instead to go powder skiing. He was happy to be on top of the podium Friday.
“I haven’t won a race this year yet. I haven’t really raced any non-World Cup races yet. So, yeah, it’s really nice to step back and do some of these another races. A national championship is always huge. I won my first national championship three years ago at the Lake Placid super G. Hopefully I can start catching up to Julia with 16 titles. It’s gonna take me a while, but we’ll see,” Ganong said half jokingly.
Ganong plans to move back up to Canmore, Alberta this summer to train and prepare for the Olympic season ahead.
“I’m going to be starting in the first group in downhill hopefully next season, so I can build off of that and give myself a good shot for the Olympics. That’s the ultimate goal.”
Jared Goldberg finished in second place, just two-tenths of a second behind Ganong.
“It was a little awkward out of the start,” said Goldberg. “There’s a 180 degree turn, pretty much, and you’re not going very fast and the snow is really iffy on the first three gates. But the course workers did a really good job shoveling it out. The rest of the course is in great shape. Two days ago was pouring rain. We were all getting soaked and there was like post holes in the middle of the course. I was thinking this might not happen, but luckily the weather cleared up for us and it got really cold, iced over and was perfect racing conditions today.”
Mark Engel rounded out the top three, just 0.26 off the winner’s pace.
“I stayed ahead of the line in all the turn sections,” said Engel. “I was nervous at the start, but I was able to calm myself down and just believe and trust myself. That really helped me out. I went straight over that roll and had a little mistake, but I recovered. … This is fantastic. Super G is not really my event. I’m better in giant slalom and slalom, so this is a huge result for me.”
Squaw Valley, CA (USA)
Men’s Super G
|Rank||Bib||Name||Year||Nation||Total Time||FIS Points|
|26||31||VAN DEURSEN Jake||1994||USA||1:03.83||61.30|
|Did not start 1st run|
|Did not finish 1st run|