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Cook Wins Super G at Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Winter Park, Colorado: A Fan’s Reaction
The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships wound down to a close the weekend of March 30, 2012, with the final events being held in giant slalom and super G. With all the action the venerable events provided, it was a good weekend to be a winter sports fan.
Here's the straight skinny on some of the results:
Super G Results
Both the women's and men's super G events were held on Friday March 30, 2012. The competitors were fired up and so were the fans. Californian Julia Mancuso gave fans something to cheer about with her blistering race to the finish line. She finished the course with a total time of 1:10.38, besting fellow Americans Leanne Smith and Laurenne Ross in the process. Watching her fly through the course was one of the best parts of the day. One of the worst was watching Elizabeth Rolfs take a nasty crash, but thankfully she appeared to emerge from it relatively unscathed.
In the men's super G, Canadian Dustin Cook thwarted American Tommy Ford's hopes of securing a second consecutive win by a snowflake thin margin. Ford had won the slalom on March 29 and had looked like he was in a position to do the same in Friday's super G. Unfortunately, for Ford, his total time was 1:10.38. Cook's, on the other hand, was 1:10.34. It had to be heart-breaking for Ford knowing how close he came to a 1st-place win.
Sports fans will be able to relive the nail-biting final moments of the race on April 7, 2012, when the event is broadcast on NBC.
Season Wraps Up Soon
There are precious few winter sports events remaining for fans to content themselves with this season. Among them are the USASA Snowboarding and Freeskiing Nationals in Colorado as well as the AFP World Championships in Whistler, Canada. Even though I am looking forward to those events, I also can't help but to get a bit reflective.
All in all, I have to say that the 2011-2012 winter sports season has been a bittersweet one. Fans had their share of tragedies and triumphs to contend with. There were far too many deaths and retirements to my liking, but there were some terrific moments as well. Lindsey Vonn's winning streak and Ted Ligety's giant slalom win in Slovenia were some of the highlights. The tragic deaths of Sarah Burke and Nik Zoricic, however, were two of the darkest days of the season. As the snow wanes, all we will have left are our memories and hopes for a better season next year.
Here's hoping that the powder and smiles in 2012-2013 will be epic.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports with her family and has traveled extensively.
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