The last time America could claim more than a single overall World Cup champion was back in 1983 when Phil Mahre and Tamara McKinney took titles.
This year it can claim three, two of whom are Park City residents.
Ted Ligety won the World Cup giant slalom title and Lindsey Vonn the slalom title. Both are members of the U.S. Ski Team. Bode Miller, skiing as an independent this season, won the overall World Cup title.
Ligety clinched the title in mid-March by winning the final giant slalom of the season, just ahead of his closest challenger, Benni Raich of Austria.
Raich needed to finish two spots ahead of Ligety but had to settle for second place behind Ligety. The Park City skier beat Raich by three-tenths of a second.
Ligety did not win a lot of races, but he was consistent throughout the season.
He was second in the opening giant slalom in Austria in October but posted consistent results with no wins until his mid-March win in Kranjska Gora. He matched that win in Italy, the third of his career, to clinch the giant slalom title.
Earlier, he failed the finish a race in Switzerland, but from that point on he never finished lower than fifth and had four top three finishes.
Vonn, who lists her hometown in Colorado but lives in Park City, needed to finish in the top 20 in her final race and squeezed under the wire with an 11th-place finish in the slalom. She was 25th after the first run but posted the fastest time of the day on her second run.
In her final giant slalom race, Vonn moved from 12th after the first run to seventh overall after her second run in Bornio, Italy.
Other Utahns have also posted some good finishes in recent weeks.
Heather McPhie of Park City finished fourth in the women's mogul event in Valmalenco, Italy, in mid-March. Nate Roberts, also from Park City, finished 16th in the men's event.
In the U.S. Alpine Championships, Andrew Phillips of Sandy finished fourth in the slalom. Vonn won the women's title in that race.
In the U. S. Alpine downhill races, T.J. Lanning of Park City won the men's event, while Vonn finished second in the women's race. In the junior class, Marcus Caston of Salt Lake City finished third. In the combined downhill and slalom Andrew Phillips of Sandy finished third.
In the U.S. Alpine giant slalom race, Jake Zamansky of Park City finished fifth in the men's class and Phillips took second in the junior class.
And in last weekend's events in Utah, Scotty Bahrke of Park City was second in the men's aerials and Zac Amidon of Ogden was sixth. Emily Cook, a resident of Park City, won the women's aerials, Karen Kiczek of Park City was fifth, Sami Palmer of Sandy was sixth, Erica Knell of Park City was seventh and Ellison McMillan of Erda was 10th.
In the skier halfpipe, Jennifer Hadak of Park City took first.And in the mogul event, Roberts finished second and Ryan Reilly of Park City was 10th in the men's event. Heather McPhie was seventh in the women's moguls.
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