Consistent knee injuries have slowed what looked to be a very fast rise for Colby Granstrom. Now fully mended, he has one goal in mind, and it involves a trip to Russia. (Michael Thomas)
Triple World Champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) capped a career best season Saturday with massive 1.48 second wire-to-wire slalom victory to close men's competition at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley.
Nolan Kasper tied for 14th to lead three Americans into the Kitzbuehel slalom top 30.
Robby Kelley wins his second straight NorAm Cup giant slalom in Panorama.
Mountain Plaza roared Saturday as the 2012 U.S. Alpine Ski Team - including Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) - was introduced during a public celeb
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Washington State's Colby Granstrom made a statement at the 2003 Whistler Cup races. At the year’s biggest event for J3 (13-14 years) and J4 (11-12) racers, he won both the slalom and giant slalom – at only 12 years old. A solid, all-around racer, Granstrom is a Junior World Champion, a U.S. Champion and fighting to join the world's slalom elite.
Nagging knee injuries heavily limited what Granstrom was able to accomplish during the 2013 season. Basically, he was sidelined until mid-December, then on a very light schedule for the remainder of the winter. With Sochi on the horizon, it wasn't a time to take unnecessary risk. He spent the time getting strong at the Center of Excellence in Park City while serving as an intern in the Utah State Governors Office.
He also snuck in a training camp on the 2014 venue, landed a few NorAm slalom podiums, claimed his first NorAm win and took third in slalom at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Squaw Valley. Such solid results should easily slingshot him into the next season.
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