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Local skiers find podium

— It appears Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club member Julia Wong has totally recovered from two knee surgeries.

In the Steamboat Junior FIS slalom race on Sunday at Howelsen, Wong put together two solid runs and almost won by a full second.

“I just tried to stay solid,” said Wong, who finished with a combined time of 1 minute, 18.67 seconds. “I didn’t get worked up and I was calm.”

Running second during the first run, Wong took advantage of fresh trails and led overall by just less than a second.

Then running 30th in the second run, Wong was able to ski through the rutted course on her way to victory.

“I am coming back from a knee injury so this is like a really good confidence builder,” said Wong, who had knee surgeries in April and September to repair meniscus and cartlige damage. “I don’t always win but I like to try.”

Winter Sports Club members also took the two other spots on the podium. Jennifer Allen finished second in 1:19.59 and Lauren Letson finished third in 1:22.78.

On the men’s side Crested Butte’s Max Lamb used the fastest run of the day in his first run to finish first with a combined time of 1:16.21.

Winter Sports Club members Sean Benson and Taylor Coe finished second and third respectively.

Benson finished in 1:16.89, and Coe finished with a combined time of 1:17.59.

Coe made the biggest jump after the first run.

After having a slight slip in his first run, Coe found himself sitting in eighth position. But in the second run, he attacked the course and wound up with the quickest second run of the day.

“I just attacked more,” Coe said of his second run. “I was tight around the gates instead of making recovery turns all the way down. It was really good snow and I was happy with my result.”

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