The men made their final runs in slalom, the women their last try at giant slalom in Day 12 of the Utah Winter Games. They will now switch roles.
Before leaving, though, the University of Utah women gave a parting salute to the Park City GS. Two young freshmen reversed roles with two young junior racers.On Tuesday, it was Megan Gerety of Sun Valley and Stephanie Palmer of Park City finsihing one-two ahead of three Utah skiers. On Wednesday, Heidi Dahlgren and Anke Friedrich finishing one-two ahead of Gerety and Palmer.
Dahlgren, a three-year member of the U.S. National Team before coming to Utah this fall, fought poor visibility and freshly fallen snow on the course to win the event. She beat her teammate by 14-hundredths of a second over two runs on the long course. Dahlgren's time was 2:57.90 to a 2:58.04 for Friedrich.
While Dahlgren's entry as a Ute has been long planned, Friedrich's wasn't. At the encouragement of a friend and former Utah skier from West Germany, Sonja Stotz, Friedrich wrote Utah coach Pat Miller about a month ago and asked if there were openings on his team. Miller responded and Friedrich hopped a plane. She arrived about a week before the games, but not in time to make the Utah ski team guide.
"But we're glad she's here," pointed out Miller. "She'll add a lot to the overall strength of our women's team. Honestly, I think this is the strongest women's team we've ever had."
Considering the Utes have won three straight NCAA titles and five out of the last six, he's saying a lot about the overall power of the lady skiers.
Gerety's time was 3:00.30 and Palmer's was 3:00.70. Utah's Alex von Wichman and Gillian Frost, another new freshman, finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Meanwhile at Snowbird, not much was seen of the Utes. After three days of hard racing, most of the men's team took a rest before resuming ski racing in the GS Thursday.
This left the door open for Michael Sumanik of British Columbia, to slip in and win the second slalom event. His two-run total was 1:27.99. He finished third in the first slalom on Tuesday.
Taking second was Alf Wold, a BYU student from Norway. His time was 1:28.43. He was eighth on Tuesday. Mark Anderson of British Columbia, was third in 1:30.17. The top finisher in the younger J1 class was Darren Shields of British Columbia, followed by Misha Moritz of the Rocky Mountain Division.