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Schoerghofer wins first stacked NorAm ahead of Beaver Creek


Philipp Schoerghofer at the finish in Loveland (GEPA/ Andreas Pranter)

Philipp Schoerghofer at the finish (GEPA/ Andreas Pranter)

GEORGETOWN, Colo. — Austrian World Cup regular Philipp “Schoergi” Schoerghofer, who finished 10th in Soelden last month, executed two solid runs in the opening NorAm giant slalom race of the 2013-14 season at Loveland Ski Area for a quick victory ahead of the early December races in Beaver Creek.

“It was a very tight race after the first run, so I had to push hard and risk 100 percent. It was not bad — the second run —and I’m lucky to win,” said Schoerghofer in the finish area. “I’m training in Vail (for the Beaver Creek World Cup), so here is an opportunity for good races and good training.”

Italy’s Luca De Aliprandini finished second while BC Alpine’s Tyler Werry, an invitee to Canadian development team projects this summer and fall, produced the fastest second run time and battled his way from bib 47 to ultimately finish third. Although he podiumed in the Canadian national championship giant slalom last March, his previous best NorAm finish was sixth last season in Nakiska.

“The last couple of days my training really stepped up, so I felt really confident coming in,” noted Werry. “I was pretty nervous to see where I stacked up against everyone, but at the end of the day this is awesome…. I’m feeling really good right now with my skiing; so as long as I have a good run, it’s going to be fast.”

BC Alpine's Tyler Werry (GEPA/Andreas Pranter)

BC Alpine’s Tyler Werry (GEPA/Andreas Pranter)

With 140 athletes on the start list and less than three seconds separating first run winner Brennan Rubie of the U.S. Ski Team from the final skier to qualify for second run amidst a field of World Cup standouts, there were no free lunches to be had on the race hill. Bode Miller foreran the first run and B Team member Ryan Cochran-Siegle was a forerunner in the second.

“Here it’s much harder than in Vail, it’s a bit more water in it,” Schoerghofer commented on the conditions, “so it’s very good.”

Rubie finished just off the podium in fourth, but he was still encouraged by his result. After recovering from a season-ending injury suffered last winter when he caught an edge in the finish area after a Europa Cup downhill training run in Val D’Isere, France, in January, Rubie has returned strong and is ready for racing.

“I’m really stoked because I hadn’t skied in a long time — broke my ankle last year and blew out my shoulder — so I just came here trying to make some good turns and I did that first run. I had a little bit of a tougher time with the second one,” remarked Rubie, who feels as though he has made a complete recovery. “I’m lucky because (now) I get to focus on skiing, and there’s nothing holding me back.”

For the second year in a row, NorAm races at Loveland are free of cost to all competitors as a result of an agreement for broad support from philanthropist Dan Leever, The Vail Snow Sports Foundation, and MacDermid, Inc., to provide affordable ski racing opportunities.

 

Results – Men’s NorAm Giant Slalom Loveland Ski Area, Colo., Nov. 23, 2013

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  17  51007 SCHOERGHOFER Philipp 1983 AUT  53.73  52.73  1:46.46  6.00
 2  24  990116 DE ALIPRANDINI Luca 1990 ITA  53.76  52.88  1:46.64  7.50
 3  47  103762 WERRY Tyler 1991 CAN  54.28  52.37  1:46.65  7.59
 4  3  934568 RUBIE Brennan 1991 USA  53.67  53.05  1:46.72  8.17
 5  19  53985 MATHIS Marcel 1991 AUT  54.01  52.77  1:46.78  8.68
 6  23  150398 BANK Ondrej 1980 CZE  54.17  52.66  1:46.83  9.09
 7  21  534959 JITLOFF Tim 1985 USA  54.12  52.75  1:46.87  9.43
 8  26  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA  54.00  52.97  1:46.97  10.26
 9  22  534038 NICKERSON Warner 1981 USA  54.10  52.94  1:47.04  10.85
 10  27  990048 BORSOTTI Giovanni 1990 ITA  54.41  53.13  1:47.54  15.03
 11  10  6530486 KRAUSE Nicholas 1993 USA  54.67  52.90  1:47.57  15.28
 12  18  292120 SIMONCELLI Davide 1979 ITA  54.45  53.25  1:47.70  16.37
 13  12  930160 KELLEY Robby 1990 USA  54.31  53.44  1:47.75  16.78
 13  2  104026 SWETTE Ford 1993 CAN  54.13  53.62  1:47.75  16.78
 15  44  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas 1989 USA  54.71  53.06  1:47.77  16.95
 15  1  6530115 CHRISTIANSON Kieffer 1992 USA  54.49  53.28  1:47.77  16.95
 17  16  530827 ELLIOT Jeremy 1988 USA  54.32  53.50  1:47.82  17.37
 18  28  6530117 CONE Robert 1992 USA  54.02  53.85  1:47.87  17.79
 19  41  100558 COOK Dustin 1989 CAN  54.87  53.25  1:48.12  19.88
 20  14  530758 COHEE Nick 1988 USA  54.84  53.30  1:48.14  20.04
 21  31  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier 1980 ARG  54.83  53.64  1:48.47  22.80
 22  29  930029 ACOSTA Christopher 1990 USA  54.66  53.92  1:48.58  23.72
 23  53  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA  55.29  53.32  1:48.61  23.97
 24  46  221117 GOWER Jack 1994 GBR  54.99  53.73  1:48.72  24.89
 25  37  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA  55.08  53.66  1:48.74  25.06
 26  15  421954 LYSDAHL Espen 1990 NOR  55.01  53.77  1:48.78  25.40
 27  65  410365 BARWOOD Adam 1992 NZL  55.18  53.72  1:48.90  26.40
 28  33  534508 CHODOUNSKY David 1984 USA  55.35  53.56  1:48.91  26.48
 29  58  6530500 MCLAUGHLIN Brian 1993 USA  55.24  53.70  1:48.94  26.73
 30  62  934502 ANKENY Michael 1991 USA  55.40  53.58  1:48.98  27.07
 31  7  103857 ST-GERMAIN Wiliam 1992 CAN  54.71  54.43  1:49.14  28.40
 32  9  103646 ZAITSOFF Sasha 1990 CAN  54.97  54.19  1:49.16  28.57
 33  35  40553 CHEVALIER Luc Henri 1992 AUS  55.16  54.03  1:49.19  28.82
 34  85  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO  55.48  53.76  1:49.24  29.24
 35  74  104023 STEINKE Chris 1993 CAN  55.68  53.68  1:49.36  30.24
 36  43  410266 GRIFFIN Benjamin 1986 NZL  55.67  53.92  1:49.59  32.17
 37  6  530651 STIEGLER Seppi 1988 USA  55.42  54.59  1:50.01  35.68
 38  80  6530534 VIETZE Sandy 1993 USA  55.68  54.35  1:50.03  35.85
 39  69  103984 LAJOIE Vincent 1993 CAN  56.11  53.98  1:50.09  36.35
 39  60  421840 HAUG Andreas Willumsen 1989 NOR  56.22  53.87  1:50.09  36.35
 41  71  410372 PREBBLE Nick 1993 NZL  55.98  54.12  1:50.10  36.43
 42  93  104156 NACIUK Anthony 1994 CAN  55.90  54.28  1:50.18  37.10
 43  45  530326 WILSON Ryan 1987 USA  55.76  54.58  1:50.34  38.44
 44  66  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor 1985 CRO  56.17  54.21  1:50.38  38.77
 45  91  60236 VAN DEN BROECKE Dries 1995 BEL  56.08  54.33  1:50.41  39.02
 46  59  530837 KELLEY Tim 1986 USA  56.19  54.28  1:50.47  39.52
 47  34  410364 FEASEY Willis 1992 NZL  56.37  54.11  1:50.48  39.61
 48  50  380335 ZUBCIC Filip 1993 CRO  55.61  54.95  1:50.56  40.28
 49  75  6530453 DUPRATT Samuel 1993 USA  56.43  54.15  1:50.58  40.44
 50  110  561199 SOVIC Tomaz 1990 SLO  55.81  54.90  1:50.71  41.53
 51  117  380361 RODES Istok 1996 CRO  56.13  54.68  1:50.81  42.37
 52  86  421871 SANDVIK Eian 1989 NOR  56.19  54.71  1:50.90  43.12
 53  42  531392 JAMPOLSKY Grant 1989 USA  56.17  54.95  1:51.12  44.96
 54  111  104044 READ Kevyn 1993 CAN  56.24  55.18  1:51.42  47.47
 55  70  430633 JASICZEK Michal 1994 POL  56.25  55.23  1:51.48  47.97
 56  135  6530865 HAFERMAN Eric 1994 USA  56.30  55.80  1:52.10  53.15
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