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Tim Jitloff takes home fifth career national title in Giant Slalom at Sugarloaf

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME - Tim Jitloff of Reno, NV battled variable snow conditions, poor visibility, and a tough course set to take home his fifth career U.S. National Championship title in the men's giant slalom at Sugarloaf today. 

U.S. teammates, Tommy Ford of Bend, OR and Nick Cohee of Gardnerville, NV grabbed the two remaining podium spots, with silver and bronze finishes respectively. 

Following the first run, Jitloff trailed teammate Tommy Ford by three-hundredths. With a second run time of 1:07.52, Jitloff overcame Ford by more than four-tenths of a second to solidify his third straight national giant slalom title.  

A challenging course set for this morning's first run claimed 27 racers that did not finish. Of the 44 finishers in today's race, hometown hero, Sam Morse, of Carrabassett Valley, skied into 31st, while his older brother, Ben Morse, finished in 43rd.

As the country's most prestigious domestic alpine ski racing event, the US Alpine Championships give up-and-coming athletes, like Morse, a chance to face off against A-Team stars in a hopes of advancing in the ranks. 

An Opening Ceremony will be held this evening featuring a parade of athletes, firework display, plus speeches and recognitions by Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley Academy, and the U.S. Ski Team.

For a complete schedule of the 2015 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships, please visit www.sugarloaf.com/usalpine. 

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