Day 2 of Steamboat Springs Telemark World Cup brings changes, same winners
Steamboat Springs — There were a few changes to the course during Day Two of the Telemark World Cup event in Steamboat Springs, but both the men’s and women’s winners were familiar faces.
For the second day, Switzerland’s Amelie Reymond led the women’s race, this time finishing in 2 minutes, 39.82 seconds.
“I’m pretty happy to win here — again,” Reymond said after the race. “It was a very nice course but also a very long course.”
Norway’s Mathilde Ilebrekke was second (2:44.79), and Switzerland’s Simone Oehrli was third (2:46.68). Steamboat Springs racer Madi McKinstry improved on her first-day showing by racing to fifth place in the standings with a time of 2:53.30.
On the men’s side, Tobias Mueller, of Germany, repeated in the second classic race of the week. He said he was happy with the performance and feels like his body is getting used to the high altitude in Colorado.
“I’m happy I ended up first,” Mueller said after the race. “I’ve had some first places this year, but it’s not typical. Every race is different, and every race is a new day. Everybody tries to be the fastest, and I’m happy that I got it today.”
The German held off Switzerland’s Bastien Dayer with a single-run time of 2:29.31. Dayer and French skier Antoine Bouvier dueled for second place. Dayer narrowly edged Bouvier for the second stair on the podium with a time of 2:33.78. Bouvier finished third at 2:33.89.
Steamboat Springs skier Tanner Visnick was the top American man in seventh place at 2:37.85. Other American finishers included Birk Larsen in 17th, Chris Henery in 18th, Larry Bosche in 19th and Jack Rosenthal in 22nd.
“Today, there was no flat (reipelokke, a 360-degree turn) at the bottom, which helped,” Visnick said. “I never had a moment where I felt like I was getting out of the course. I felt like I was in there the whole time. The skating was good, and the giant slalom was good. I don’t think I made the jump line, but everything else was great.”
The World Cup events will move to Howelsen Hill on Thursday for a two-run spring classic race. The races will be shorter, about 50 seconds per run, but will include two for each racer.
“All the people can watch the entire course, which is good for the racers and the spectators,” Reymond said.
Mueller said he also is happy to be moving, but not just for the views from the bottom of the hill.
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966
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