Jeremy Nobis continues to dominate the men's racing circuits here on U.S. soil.
His latest win came Tuesday on the well-groomed giant slalom course at Deer Valley. It goes with his four earlier GS wins and a Super G victory last Wednesday at Snowbasin.Nobis, who got his early race training as a member of the Park City race team and was recently moved up from the B to the A squad for the U.S. Ski Team, beat a strong field of 138 racers from the U.S. Ski Team, top ski universities and colleges and from the Intermountain Division.
As impressive as Nobis' win was his margin of win over some of the country's top skiers. He held nearly a half-second lead after the first run, then stretched it out to over a second and a half after his second run through the 38 gates on the course. His time was 1:48.79.
Second was Toni Stanteiner, a former U.S. Ski Team racer and now a student at the University of Colorado. Standteiner had two earlier wins this week in slalom and GS. His time was 1:50.21.
The next four finishers were member of the U.S. team.
Nextdoor at Park City, little Sierra Nevada College was again pulling out a few surprises. Janja Lupse, who has finished third in two earlier races, put it all together Tuesday to win the women's GS. Her teammate, Urban Planisek, has won two races this week. SNC is in Tahoe, Nev.
Lupse took a sizeable lead after the first run, then simply made a clean second run to win. She was third fastest on the second run. Her time was 2:24.95.
Second was Heidi Bowes of the University of New Mexico, winner of Monday's GS at Park City. Her time was 2:25.46. Third was Karianne Eriksen of the University of Utah, in 2:25.87.
The FIS racing series continued Wednesday with two more giant slaloms - the women's at Deer Valley and the men at Park City. On Thursday and Friday the men and women will ski slaloms at ParkWest and Snowbird.
The event is part of the Utah Winter Games, which will run through next week with such events as speed skiing, snowmobile races, hockey, figure skating and more ski races. The event is sponsored by KTVX.