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Newcomer, Drew Duffy claims men’s Super G national title at Sugarloaf

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME - Under clear sunny skies, with temperatures in the mid 30s, U.S. Ski Team newcomer, Drew Duffy of Warren, VT claimed the title of U.S. National Champion in the men's super G, today at Sugarloaf. 

Alice McKennis of Glenwood Springs, CO took home the women's national title. 

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.

Thirtieth out of the gate, Duffy came from behind to claim his first national title, with a one-run time of 1:19.73. Speed-skier, Steve Nyman of Sundance, UT finished in second place with a time of 1:19.77, while Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley, CA rounded out the top three with a time of 1:19.80.

On the women's side, McKennis, who started tenth out of the gate, overcame the field of 37 finishers to take home the title with a time of 1:22.48. Valerie Grenier of Canada grabbed the second spot on the podium with a time of 1:22.58, and Jackie Wiles of Aurora, OR finished third in 1:22.69.

The national championship race was held today on the legendary Narrow Gauge trail at Sugarloaf. This year marks the fifth time that Sugarloaf has hosted the US Alpine Championships; the resort previously hosted the races in 1996, 1997, 2006, and 2008.

The action continues tomorrow with the women's giant slalom during the day, and an autograph signing with top athletes at the Sugarloaf Base Lodge from 7:45-8:30pm.

Due to inclement weather, tomorrow's opening ceremonies have been postponed until Friday. 

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



Noelle Tuttle, Sugarloaf Communications Manager, 207-237-6989, ntuttle@sugarloaf.com


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