Robby Kelley in action while training earlier this season in Vail (Eric Schramm/U.S. Ski Team)
PANORAMA, BC (Dec. 13 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - The NorAm Cup men and women were back at it today ) in Panorama, BC. The men raced a giant slalom while the women skied a slalom.
Two of the three podium spots in the men's giant slalom were taken by Americans with Robby Kelley winning (1:51.79) and Brennan Rubie in third (1:52. 96).
Rubie was in the lead after the first run but fell back to third after his nineteenth-place finish in the second run. After coming in 1.24 seconds behind teammate Rubie in the first run and placing twenty-fourth, Kelley was able to make a comeback and take the win.
Canadian Dustin Cook placed second overall with a time of 1:51.96; his second podium finish since last week’s NorAm Cup super G in Nakiska, AB.
Jared Goldberg was the only other American man to finish in the top ten, ending up in tenth.
On the women's side, the Canadians were on top the podium again. Erin Mielzynski finished in first with an overall time of 1:49.86. Another 0.34 second behind was fellow Canadian Anna Goodman, taking second. Rounding out the podium was Norway's Kristina Riis-Johannesson in third with a time of 1:50.37.
For the Americans, Kiley Staples took seventh, Hailey Duke took eighth, Megan McJames took ninth, and Julia Ford landed tenth.
Tomorrow (Dec. 14) the NorAm Cup racing will continue as the men ski another giant slalom and the women see another slalom in Panorama, BC.