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Shaw hard to beat

For the second day in a row, there was no beating Johanna Shaw on her home hill.

The Australian rider, who trains with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, topped teammate Kimiko Zakreski in the finals of the Race to the Cup parallel slalom to claim her second title in less than 24 hours.

“I’m pretty tired,” Shaw said. “After 10 runs yesterday, I was really tired after each run.”



Shaw appeared to be exhausted after Monday’s race, but that didn’t stop her from cleaning house on the racecourse.

After posting the second-fastest qualifying time in the morning, Shaw’s smooth style between the gates helped her move past Madeline Wiencke, Lindsay Lloyd and Constance Boisvert in the brackets.



The finals turned out to be a replay of Monday’s parallel giant slalom finals featuring Shaw and Zakreski.

“It was tough. I wanted to beat her at the top,” Zakreski said. “Johanna is ready for the Olympics for sure, and I’m glad that she could go there with two wins.”

Steamboat’s Erica Mueller finished third after topping Boisvert in the consolation finals.

Shaw thought the racecourse was a good warm up for the Olympics. Ruts formed early, and the course’s demanding terrain tested many of the rider’s physical fitness.

“I just wanted to make it down,” Shaw said. “The course was really difficult today. The key was just to make it down.”

Shaw, who won the giant slalom and slalom events in Steamboat this week, is one of three Winter Sports Club riders headed to the Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, next month.

Shaw will represent Australia on the women’s Alpine side; Philippe Berube will represent Canada; and Tyler Jewell will compete for the United States on the men’s side.

The Race to the Cup is a series of NorAm races that takes place in the United States each year.

This season, events were held in Stratton Mountain, Vt., Copper Mountain and Steamboat.


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