Roberts tops Jitloff in foggy GS
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, MAINE - Hig Roberts of Steamboat Springs, CO took home the national championship title in men's giant slalom today, narrowly edging U.S. Ski Team veteran Tim Jitloff of Revo, NV in another challenging day on the Narrow Gauge trail at Sugarloaf.
With persistent fog severely limiting visibility, the weather was the story of the day again as the U.S. Alpine Championships concluded.
Visibility was near zero at times as fog enveloped the course, and a whopping 47 racers either did not finish or were disqualified in one of their two runs, including Ryan Cochran-Siegle of Starksboro, VT, who led the race after the first run of the day, but went off course on his second run and lost his chance to bump Roberts from the top of the podium.
Ultimately it was Roberts who put together the two most consistent runs of the day. His combined time of 2:19.25 was enough to hold off Jitloff, who was the national champion in GS in 2015, the last time the event was held at Sugarloaf.
Jitloff finished the day with a combined time of 2:19.39, .15 seconds better than Kieffer Christianson of Anchorage, AK, who grabbed the third and final spot on the podium with a combined time of 2:19.54.
As the country's most prestigious domestic alpine ski racing event, the US Alpine Championships give up-and-coming athletes looking to advance their position on the U.S. Ski Team a chance to face off against A-Team stars.
This year marked the second time in the last three years that Sugarloaf has hosted the Championships. The resort previously hosted the events in 1996, 1997, 2006, 2008, and 2015.
For more information and a complete schedule for the US Alpine Championships, please visit www.sugarloaf.com/usalpine.
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