Monday, January 10, 2011
2011 US National Championships
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There is a new Sheriff in town! While the depth of field is getting stronger for both the men & women's fields, local Crested Butte athlete Janelle Smiley took home the Women's National title ...a stunning upset over favorites Sari Anderson (2nd) and Monique Merrill....with Team CB's own Jari Kirkland in 5th.
On the Men's side it was Canadian Reiner Thoni taking the victory, with the US National Champion coming in 2nd, Brandon French....followed by Luke Nelson, and Pete Swenson. Team CB's Bryan Wickenhauser finished 5th and Jon Brown 19th.
Jari & Wick just missed out on qualifying for the US National Team as the top three men/women on the day auto qualified.
The racing was super tough with the standard boot pack up Corbet's Col. and nearly 8000ft of elevation gain. Flat light compounded things on the downhills as it was tough to "take chances" when you couldn't get a great visual on the tricky descents.
The field was with out a doubt the deepest field ever assembled for US Nationals in its 11 year history, with 91 registered athletes.
Day two of qualifying was on the other side of the Tetons at Grand Targhee...stay tuned