Schlopy Captures U.S. Giant Slalom
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) _ Erik Schlopy rallied to win the giant slalom Monday, denying Bode Miller a chance to become the first skier to capture four events at the U.S. Alpine Championships since 1959.
Schlopy overcame a 0.10-second deficit and finished in 2 minutes, 24.64 seconds as the men’s events closed at Whiteface Mountain. Miller, the runner-up, was 0.31 behind.
Miller this past week won the super giant slalom, slalom and combined, which includes his slalom and fourth-place downhill finish. Buddy Werner won four events at the nationals 44 years ago.
Jesse Marshall finished third in 2:25.95, followed by Vonn Thomas and Jake Zamansky.
Schlopy’s win capped an impressive comeback year after he struggled last season with mononucleosis and bronchitis. Schlopy, who in 2001 led the U.S. men with eight top-10 World Cup finishes, won a bronze medal in the giant slalom in the world championships last month and finished 29th in the World Cup standings.
Marshall, in his first season with the national team, finished third in Sunday’s slalom. A week earlier he earned three top-three finishes, including a win in the giant slalom, at the Nor-Am Finals.
The weeklong national championships conclude with the women’s giant slalom Tuesday.