Steffey takes giant slalom title
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, MAINE — New Hampshire native George Steffey cruised to victory in the giant slalom today at the Toyota U.S. Alpine Championships, taking home his first national championship.
Steffey’s two-run combined time of 2:08.29 narrowly beat out second place finisher Brian Mclaughlin of Massachusetts, who finished just three tenths of a second behind in 2:08.62. Rounding out the top three was Tobias Kogler of Austria, who finished with a combined time of 2:08.63, just one one-hundredth of a second behind Mclaughlin. Kogler is a current member of the University of Denver Ski Team.
Though adverse weather has challenged skiers and staff alike throughout the past week, it was not the case today as racers enjoyed spectacular blue skies and calm winds.
The U.S. Alpine Championships will conclude tomorrow with the women’s giant slalom national championships.
As the country’s most prestigious domestic alpine ski racing event, the US Alpine Championships give up-and-coming athletes looking to advance their position on the U.S. Ski Team a chance to face off against A-Team stars.
This is the eighth time Sugarloaf has played host to the championships, having previously done so in 1996, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2015, 2017, and 2019.