Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s U.S. Ski Team racer, Abby Ghent, repeated as the top junior in the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup Championships giant slalom at Vail on Tuesday.  Ghent also moved up from her seventh overall in Monday’s race to a fifth overall Tuesday.

“Abby had a great day today,” U.S. Ski Team coach Mike Prado said.  “ She put two runs together with a couple of little mistakes, but that’s part of ski racing.  She can easily clean up those mistakes to be even faster.  I think she’s right where she should be at this time of year.”  

CU skier and SSCV alumna Erika Ghent finished just behind her sister Abby in sixth, after a blistering second fastest time in run two.

SSCV’s Great Byrne finished 18th for the day.

The men were in Breckenridge for the Surefoot Championship GS, and SSCV’s Cannon O’Brien skied from a start of 39 to finish 17th.

“It was crucial that I made the flip, (placing in the top 30 in the first run), for a better second run start,” said O’Brien.  “On my first run I just put it down the hill and fought.”

O’Brien took 26th on his first run at the track, which had him fifth out of the start for his second run after flipping the top 30 (the top 30 in the first run reverse order for the second run).

“Cannon charged the hill on his first run,” said coach Mike Wommack.  “He then had an amazing second run with the ninth fastest time on that course.”

U.S. Team member, and SSCV alum, Will Gregorak, took second in Tuesday’s GS at Breckenridge.