This started out as Jeremy Nobis' year and it continued Wednesday with Jeremy Nobis' race.
He won the Snowbasin Super G, same as he did the first four races of this young 1990-91 ski racing season.Nobis, a member of the U.S. Ski Team and a product of Park City's ski racing program, beat a field of 75 racers in the first of two Nor-Am Super G events scheduled at Snowbasin. The second was held Thursday. (A Super G, the newest of ski racing's disciplines, is a cross between a downhill and a giant slalom.) Wednesday, he skied the high-speed Super G course, as he said after the race, "Perfectly. Maybe too perfect. I like a course that's a little more turny. This course was set too straight for what I like."
He clocked a time of 1 minute, 29.14 seconds to win. Second was teammate Jeff Olson, who recently moved to Park City from Bozeman, Mont., to be closer to the U.S. Ski Team. Olson's time was 1:29.27.
He said he was glad to be within "a tenth of a second of Jeremy because he's skiing so well right now. I did make a couple of little mistakes. I was a little too round on my turns in places. Then I tried to make up time and went too straight."
Another Utah skier, Spencer Eccles, finished in the top 15.
He said he made a mistake near the top and couldn't recover. "I lost (the edge) on the downhill ski on the flat and couldn't make up the time."
Eccles' time was 1:31.26.
Following this event, Nobis, Olson and Eccles are all headed overseas to compete in European races.
For Nobis this race carries a little extra weight. After a great start - back-to-back wins in a Nor-Am giant slalom, followed by back-to-back wins in a FIS GS, followed by a second in a fifth GS - that jumped the Utahn from 90th to 30th in GS standings, he went to Europe to compete in World Cup racing.
There he finished 32nd in one race and didn't finish others.
He came back to the U.S., and his first Super G, to build confidence and hopefully improve his point standings.
"You go over to Europe and have a couple of bad races and it's hard to pick yourself up. These races help. They help get back the confidence," he added.
"Also, Nor-Am races help with the points. Hopefully, before too long, I can get a better start," he added.
In ski racing, the lower the points the earlier the start. In World Cup the earlier the start the better the course is, generally.
"In World Cup, the competitive level is just too high and the competition so tough, it's hard to move up. I like it, though. I like the competition," he said.
Following the two Nor-Am races, Snowbasin will hold a Super G for racers in the Masters Division on Friday. This will be the first Super G for the masters in Utah.