American skier shines at Canadian championships
Canadians Spence, Stutz finish 2nd and 3rd
American skier Chris Frank put together a pair of solid runs and took first place in Monday's super-combined race at the GMC Canadian Championships.
Frank won with a combined time of one minute 40.17 seconds after the super-G and slalom runs.
Calgary's Brad Spence (1:40.35) and Banff, Alta., skier Paul Stutz (1:40.71) made up a huge amount of time in the slalom, but had weaker super-G runs and finished second and third, respectively.
"Obviously, I don't have a whole lot of speed experience under my belt," said Spence, who had the fastest slalom run of the day in 35.11 seconds. "Skiing the super-G course this morning scared the heck out of me — that's what's unique about the super-combined event."
Calgary's Jan Hudec, who finished seventh overall (1:42.16) after he was fastest in the super-G portion of the event, didn't enjoy racing slalom as the sun heated the course and the snow started to melt.
"It was painful. Painful to ski and painful to watch," Hudec said. "I had really good slalom training the last couple of days but the conditions were different today and it completely threw me off.
"Brad? Oh my goodness, I was feeling confident and then I watched him in the warm-up before the race. He absolutely blew my mind."
Stutz was happy to finish third given his lack of recent experience in speed events. His slalom run of 35.53 seconds was the second fastest of the day.
Whistler's Conrad Pridy, of the B.C. Ski Team, was fourth with a time of 1:41.22. Montreal's Simon-Claude Toutant was the top junior. He finished ninth with a time of 1:43.21.