On its ninth stop for the season, the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup tour took to the hill with a giant slalom race at Winter Park on Saturday, and on this day, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Taylor Shiffrin and Greta Byrne took the wins for the men and women.
SSCV’s Cannon O’Brien had the fastest time after the first run for the men, and then came Shiffrin. Shiffrin scorched the track on the second run to take over the lead, finishing with a 1:52.71.
“O’Brien and I were only 0.19 seconds apart after the first run,” said Shiffrin. “On the second run we decided to turn up the heat. I went all out, had a clean run, and ended up in first.”
O’Brien took second, with teammates Nick Braun in fourth and Alex Leever in tenth, first for the J2 boys. Colin Hayes and Cristoph Niederhauser tied for 11th, and Anthony Romano placed 13th.
In the women’s GS, SSCV’s Greta Byrne had the lead after her first run, and behind her in third was Erika McCormick.
In run two, Byrne pointed her skis down the hill and never looked back.
She had the fastest second run by almost a full second to take the win, while McCormick moved up one place to finish second for the day and first for the J2 girls.
Molly McGrew and Grace Merriman also raced to the first page of results (top 15) placing ninth and 13th respectively.
“Byrne and McCormick had two really solid runs,” said coach Scott Meyers. “McGrew had a tremendous result, and Merriman also laid down some great skiing.”
The Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup continues today with slalom racing for the men and women at Winter Park.