Hig Roberts at the 2014 Dartmouth Carnival slalom. EISA/Dustin Satloff
Hig Roberts at the 2014 Dartmouth Carnival slalom. EISA/Dustin Satloff

Three independent U.S. ski racers swept the Australia New Zealand Cup slalom podium at Coronet Peak on Friday, led by former Middlebury College standout Hig Roberts who was previously best regarded for his giant slalom performances including placing seventh last year at the World University Games. But Roberts has come into form in slalom as well since joining Team America and jumping into Southern Hemisphere races.

Redneck Racing (comprised of former U.S. Ski Team brothers Robby and Tim Kelley) was hot on Roberts’ heels and helped complete the American podium sweep. Robby, also previously regarded as a stronger GS skier, has turned heads recently by securing back-to-back podium results in ANC slalom races and cutting his points from 16 to just under 9.

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Roberts gives Robby a high five on the podium. Coronet Peak
Roberts gives Robby a high five on the podium. Coronet Peak

With an 11.5-point podium finish at Mt. Hotham back in August, Roberts has also sliced his slalom points from 17 to 9 and graciously landed in the much-coveted sub-10 FIS point bracket.

Tim was 0.20 off his younger brother’s pace, and he was followed in fourth by the University of Denver’s Espen Lysdahl. Other top U.S. skiers, including Nolan Kasper, Michael Ankeny, and Will Gregorak, failed to finish.

Roberts currently leads the ANC slalom standings (280 over Robby Kelley 228) while Slovakian World Cup regular Adam Zampa leads both the overall (600 over Roberts 413) and GS standings (400 over Daniele Sorio/Mattias Roenngren 250).

RESULTS

 1 5 934566ROBERTS Hig1991USA 44.96 46.30 1:31.26 7.11
 2 7 930160KELLEY Robby1990USA 44.72 46.84 1:31.56 +0.30 9.48
 3 17 530837KELLEY Tim1986USA 45.37 46.39 1:31.76 +0.50 11.05
 4 4 421954LYSDAHL Espen1990NOR 44.45 47.66 1:32.11 +0.85 13.82
 5 13 430633JASICZEK Michal1994POL 45.23 46.94 1:32.17 +0.91 14.29
 6 1 51434TIPPELREITHER Matthias1988AUT 45.15 47.37 1:32.52 +1.26 17.05
 7 3 700879ZAMPA Andreas1993SVK 45.43 47.39 1:32.82 +1.56 19.42
 8 8 410365BARWOOD Adam1992NZL 45.84 47.21 1:33.05 +1.79 21.23
 9 19 511574TUMLER Marco1988SUI 45.95 47.17 1:33.12 +1.86 21.78
 10 29 422301HAUGEN Per Torstein1994NOR 46.35 47.79 1:34.14 +2.88 29.83
 11 34 6530814MOYER Bobby1994USA 47.47 47.27 1:34.74 +3.48 34.57
 12 25 54270HOFSTAEDTER Christoph1995AUT 46.93 47.90 1:34.83 +3.57 35.28
 13 31 6531145HALL Max1995USA 47.51 47.60 1:35.11 +3.85 37.48
 14 35 54212WALCH Linus1994AUT 47.78 47.92 1:35.70 +4.44 42.14
 15 36 320390LEE Jang-woo1995KOR 48.63 48.31 1:36.94 +5.68 51.92
 16 33 6531523O BRIEN Keilan1996USA 47.98 49.07 1:37.05 +5.79 52.79
 17 30 6530800THEIS Tyler1994USA 48.79 48.31 1:37.10 +5.84 53.18
 18 44 6531550TOWNSEND Michael1996USA 49.55 49.53 1:39.08 +7.82 68.81
 19 47 410403GARRICK Hamish1996NZL 55.11 48.78 1:43.89 +12.63 106.75
 20 41 410393JUNEAU Tai1995NZL 48.49 56.94 1:45.43 +14.17 118.90
 21 51 410416SHAW Samuel1998NZL 56.10 57.22 1:53.32 +22.06 181.15
 22 50 410411NISBET Alan1997NZL 1:00.14 1:05.63 2:05.77 +34.51 279.38
Disqualified 1st run
 23 6530115CHRISTIANSON Kieffer1992USA
Did not start 1st run
 42 430762JASICZEK Jedrzej1997POL
 22 60236VAN DEN BROECKE Dries1995BEL
Did not finish 2nd run
 28 501756WISEN Christopher1992SWE
 26 320293KYUNG Sung-hyun1990KOR
 20 421722ADDE Andreas1988NOR
 14 6291028SORIO Daniele1994ITA
 12 410364FEASEY Willis1992NZL
 10 934502ANKENY Michael1991USA
 6 51395DIGRUBER Marc1988AUT
Did not finish 1st run
 49 410402WALLACE Timothy1996NZL
 48 40608ETHERTON Sam1997AUS
 46 6531143GRUBMAN Ellis1995USA
 45 221236TAYLOR Laurie1996GBR
 43 54374BAUMANN Clemens1996AUT
 40 104233HAWKINS Devon1995CAN
 39 6530865HAFERMAN Eric1994USA
 38 40612SCOTT Alec1997AUS
 37 320360PARK hyun1993KOR
 32 6291099GUALAZZI Michele1994ITA
 27 54294DRACK Fabian1995AUT
 24 40349RISHWORTH Mike1987AUS
 21 422300EIDE Peder Dahlum1994NOR
 18 930107GREGORAK Will1990USA
 16 6291305MENEGALLI Nicolo1994ITA
 15 6290799FRANCESCHETTI Pietro1993ITA
 11 6290304MANFRINI Marco1992ITA
 9 501898ROENNGREN Mattias1993SWE
 2 532138KASPER Nolan1989USA