Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s Cannon O’Brien took his start number of 24 and turned it into a second place in Saturday’s Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup giant slalom at Steamboat.
“I finally put everything together,” O’Brien said. “My first run was just okay, so on my second run I relaxed and just put it down the hill.”
O’Brien certainly put it together by laying down the fastest time for the second run.
“I’ve been doing this in training for three months now, and it’s nice to put it together on race day,” said O’Brien.
“Cannon’s second run was solid, smooth, clean, and without mistakes,” said coach NIck Asoian. “He came into the bottom flat section with good speed, and he maintained that speed through the finish.”
SSCV’s Christoph Niederhauser also moved into the top 15 with his 13th place finish after starting 34th.
For the women, CU skier, and SSCV alumna, Erika Ghent, took the top step of the podium with her first place finish.
Ski & Snowboard Club Vail’s women had Paula Moltzan, Greta Byrne, Anne Strong, and Taylor Rapley finish fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.
“Our girls had a good day with respectable finishes,” coach Nick Foster said. “The conditions improved throughout the day allowing them to move up in their second run.”