WSC skiers save best for last

The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's alpine men's team saved their best skiing performance for the final day of the 2004 Chevrolet U.S. Alpine Skiing Championships.

"This was really the men's best day," Winter Sports Club coach Sue Schwartz said of the Steamboat skiers' showing in the giant slalom event.

Drew Roberts led the team with a 15th place overall finish. He was the fourth best junior and had the eighth fastest second-run time among the nation's best skiers.

The U.S. Ski Team swept the top three places. James Cochran led the field in first, Jake Zamansky was second, and Tom Rothrock was third. Steamboat's Tony Cesolini was 22nd, and teammate Joey Marias moved up 41 spots from his starting position to finish 38th.

The event was the highlight for the Steamboat skiers who spent the week competing at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska.

U.S. Ski Team member Daron Rahlves opened the week by winning the downhill March 18. Kevin Francis was second, and Bryon Freedman was third. Steamboat's Cesolini led the Winter Sports Club finishers in 52nd, Roberts was 55th, and Marias was 56th .

Freedman, who is ranked 27th in the world in the downhill after his first year on the World Cup Tour, won the second downhill March 19.

Jeremy Transue was second, and Rahlves came in third. Cesolini was 51st, Roberts was 52nd, and Marias was 53rd.

Rahlves won his second gold medal of the week in the super-G on March 20.

Dane Spencer was second, and Jakub Fiala was third. Steamboat's Roberts led Steamboat with a 37th place finish, and Marias was 50th.

Cochran won the men's slalom March 21 by bating second place finisher Jesse Marshall and third-place finisher Chip Knight. Roberts was 19th, and Marias was 43rd.

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

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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