Park City skier Jeremy Nobis capped one of the most successful seasons ever turned in by a member of the men's U.S. Ski Team this week with 1-2 finishes in the final two giant slalom races of the season.
On Wednesday, Nobis won the North American Championship race to clinch the overall and GS titles. Then on Thursday, the Utah skier finished second behind French GS champion Alain Feutrier on the GS course at Mont Garceau ski area in Canada.At Winter Park, Colo., another Utahn, Jan Bucher of Salt Lake City, won the women's freestyle ballet title at the Sabaru U.S. Freestyle Championships.
In the Wednesday race, Nobis tied with Italy's Luca Pesando for the fastest time on the first run. He was the fastest skier on the second run, however, to beat Feutrier by almost a full second.
Thursday, after two runs, Nobis was only one-tenth of a second behind the winner. Feutrier won with a combined time of one minute, 49.61 seconds. Nobis posted a time of 1:49.71.
Nobis suffered an ankle injury in February. He came back in March to finish 13th in a World Cup GS. His best finish this season in World Cup was 7th.
After the race he said he was "glad to be back on my skis and skiing well. This is a good way to finish."
Nobis finished the series with 144 points, followed by Joe Levins of White Bear Lake, Minn., with 120 and Rob Crossman of Canada with 98. Feutrier was fourth with 94 points.
Bucher, a two-time world champion, also said she was pleased with her final performance.
"I didn't ski as well as I would have liked on my first run, but I did better on my second routine. Overall, I'm happy with the win and the way I skied, but I need to keep improving to attain my ultimate goal."
Her goal being a gold medal in the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Bucher's score was 27.95. Ellen Breen of West Hills, Calif., winner of the World Freestyle Championship, was second with a 25.85. Sharon Petzold of Andover, Mass, was third with a 25.75.