Brandenburg battles soft snow and high winds for the win (www.michaelthomas.co.nz)
CORONET PEAK, New Zealand (Aug. 24 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) Will Brandenburg snagged a slalom win, a nice point race and a bit of prestige in out lasting Austrian veteran Rainer Schoenfelder for the New Zealand Winter Games victory Wednesday. A full second behind the Austrian after the first leg of the race Brandenburg was a rocket in the second run to wind up nearly a half second up on the field.
"I am stoked. I had a blast," said Brandenburg. "It's been a hard season so this is big for me, really big. Schoenfelder is an amazing skier and has been skiing for a long time and I just had to trust myself and ski the way I wanted to ski."
Norway's Lars Elton Myhre was third and Canadian Mike Janyk fourth. German Fritz Dopfer and Swede Tim Lindgren spread the success among multiple nations finishing fifth and sixth respectively.
Tim Kelley also utilized a strong second run to give the U.S. a second top 10 finish in seventh. Brad Spence was eighth for Canada.
Brandenburg got a 6pt FIS result for his efforts in an event where wind and soft snow contributed to a large did not finish rate.