Shipley shines

Steamboat skier takes third in giant slalom

A blazing second run in a boy's giant slalom Thursday boosted Steamboat Springs ski racer Lane Shipley to third place in the J3 Junior Olympic giant slalom in Winter Park.

"Giant slalom is probably his worst event," coach Terry DelliQuadri said.

Most skiers would have been thrilled with the third-place finish, but it's just the latest in a line of top results this week for Shipley at the championships for racers between the ages of 13 and 15.

Shipley opened the week with a win in the downhill and then backed it up with another gold-medal showing in the Super-G on Wednesday.

Shipley led the pack in the Super-G, finishing at 1 minute, 2.67 seconds to take the title. Crested Butte's Max Lamb was second at 1:02.83, and Taylor Lynch of the Quantam Ski Team placed third at 1:03.21.

"It was another fantastic race for Lane," DelliQuadri said. "He is having a great week."

Steamboat skier Dylan Roberts was 14th, Taylor Coe came in 22nd, and Trevor Wert was 25th in Wednesday's races.

Independent racer Alice McKennis won the girl's Super-G. Winter Park's Molly Leonard was second, and Summit's Alexis Vest-Burton came in third.

The top Steamboat finishers were Jennifer Allen in 13th and Lauren Letson in 16th.

Shipley was 10th after the first run of the giant slalom Thursday. He laid down the fastest second-run time, but it wasn't enough to catch Aspen's Stephen Buzzbee, who won the event. Lynch was second, and Shipley finished third.

Steamboat's Taylor Coe, a first-year J3, placed 11th and his brother Ryan was 26th.

The girls spent Thursday training and will get their shot at the giant slalom today in Winter Park.

--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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