Olympian Megan McJames officially closed the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships week with an FIS giant slalom win in sunny Squaw Valley (Doug Haney/U.S. Ski Team)
SQUAW VALLEY, CA (March 23) - Two-time Olympian Megan McJames (Park City, UT) capped an outstanding week of Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships racing with an FIS giant slalom win at Squaw Valley. Under postcard perfect California skies, McJames won both runs to build up a 1.58 second victory over fellow Olympian Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY), who narrowly missed the U.S. Championships slalom win just a day before. Anna Marno (Steamboat Springs, CO) rounded out the top three.
Two-time Olympian Megan McJames (Park City, UT) raced to a commanding 1.58 second FIS giant slalom victory to close an outstanding week of Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships racing at Squaw Valley.
Fellow Olympian Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY), who missed the U.S. Champs slalom win by .01 seconds, finished second with Anna Marno (Steamboat Springs, CO) in third.
Top junior honors went to Squaw Valley Ski Team alum and U.S. Development Team member Foreste Peterson (Berkeley, CA) with fourth.
Postcard perfect California weather soaked the Red Dog race hill with sun for a fifth straight day of competition, but the racing surface remained impeccable throughout the entire week.
Various members of the U.S. Ski Team now head to Beaver Creek, CO - site of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships - for a training camp.
QUOTES Megan McJames I think Squaw did a really good job with the hill here. After the first GS we had here I was really excited to try it again, because it’s challenging and I wanted to ski my best GS on a hard hill because it would feed my confidence.
For me, Sochi was so cool. I was kind of a long shot, being an independent racer, so I was really happy to be there. But I think it took so much energy to get there that I’ve been a little bit low. So just to be on top of the podium one more time is really cool and it can motivate me to keep working hard this summer.
Squaw does a really good job. it’s really cool to come down and see all the kids wanting your autograph and hear everyone cheering you on.