The Utah Winter Games enjoyed a cold but sunny ending Sunday, 16 days after they began on a cold but sunny last day of the year. The Games finished up spotlighting skiing and ice hockey.
At Snowbird, masters skiers finished up a two-day series, while one canyon to the north, at Solitude, junior racers finished up their giant slalom series.Fastest skiers in the masters series were Suzanne Hedgecock and, once again, Victor Roy. Also winning an age-class medal was Bob Sarchett of Sun Valley.
At Solitude, another of the Sarchetts, son Jeff, added another gold to his string of Winter Games medals.
Hedgecock, skiing in the women's 35 and over division, made two smooth runs on the slalom course to post a winning time of 1:38.84. Second fastest time was turned in by Karen Russo in the women's 21-29 class, at 1:41.65.
Roy, skiing in the men's 35-39 class, beat all racers for the second day in a row to win overall honors. His two-run time was 1:38.84. Marlin Ross, skiing in the men's 30-34 class, was second in 1:35.45.
After the race Roy said he felt he was getting better,
"I'm older, sure, but I'm as strong as I ever was. I do a lot of windsurfing in the summer and that helps. And I'm still excited about racing. I'm excited about today.
"I want to be `King of the Hill,' before I'm `Over the Hill.' I guess you could say today I am," he joked.
Bob Sarchett posted his second win in as many days in the men's 40-44 class and finished fourth overall in 1:53.04.
Sarchett's son, Jeff, collected his third gold medal of the games by winning the men's giant slalom. He won two earlier races at Park City. His winning time was 1:33.53.
Palmer, who has finished second in two races earlier this week, came from behind to win the GS title on her second run ahead of Megan Gerety of Sun Valley.
The Utah Winter Games were sponsored by First Security Bank, Subaru, Coca-Cola, U.S. West and KTVX-Channel 4. Events included cross country skiing, biathlon, archery/biathon, alpine skiing, freestyle, snowboarding, skating and ice hockey. The Games started Dec. 31 with a biathlon at Jeremy Ranch.