Morris Leads Extreme Skiing
Apr. 01, 1996
VALDEZ, Alaska (AP) _ Greg Morris of Anchorage rallied from sixth place to take the lead Sunday after the second day of the three-day World Extreme Skiing Championships.
``I skied strong, smooth and technical Saturday,'' he said. ``The snow conditions on this mountain are similar, so I used the same strategy.''
Colorado's Chris Davenport passed a dozen skiers to claim second and Kent Kreitler of Idaho switched to longer skis to gain speed and a third-place finish.
The new leaders had some help when Saturday's top two, Chris Anthony of Colorado and Dean Cummings of New Mexico, fell along the 2,500-foot near vertical face of Mt. Tiekel. Anthony recovered quickly to remain in the top 10. Cummings had to be removed by helicopter with an injured knee.
With two runs scheduled Monday on the same mountain, many of the 36 competitors from six countries have a shot at the trophy, which goes to the skier who best combines courage and grace.
Wendy Fisher of Nevada, a veteran of the U.S. Olympic ski team, took a comfortable lead among the field of six women.
``I had more control today,'' Fisher said, ``and the fact that I was in second place fired me up.''
Friday's female leader, Jill Sickels-Matlock of Colorado, was in second.