Alpe d'Huez Skiercross Brings Sunny Skies and Great Competition

2012-01-12 21:55


ALPE D HUEZ, France (Jan. 11) – Joe Swensson (Niantic, CT) continued on his ski cross tear finishing 12th at the third stop of the ski cross World Cup tour in Alpe d Huez. John Teller (Mammoth Mountain, CA) finished just behind in 13th after qualifying fifth. The tour moves to Les Contamines, France this weekend, Jan. 14-15.


· John Teller qualified fifth, and Joe Swensson 31st.

· Pat Duran (N. Fayston, VT) finished 32nd after qualifying 27th.

· Biche Rudigoz (Ketchum, ID) was 54th, Trevor Donovan Ricioli (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) 63rd, and Robert Mahre (Selah, WA) 66th.

· Audi FIS Freestyle ski cross World Cup continues Jan. 14-15 in Les Contamines, France.


Joe Swensson

The race was really fun today and the weather was perfect. I had an interesting first heat:  One of the Canadians barged and somersaulted out of the gate before it opened. The gate then dropped, and I was able to get out in front for most of the course. One guy went down midway through so it was myself (and two others). I thought I was going to advance no problem but then over-shot a butter box and hit the fences. I scrambled back into the course and finished in third. Luckily the Canadian was disqualified, so I lucked out and made it through.

In the quarterfinals, I had last gate choice and was far left. I got pushed out and ended up fourth out of the start. Halfway down I was able to pass into third but couldn’t close the gap at the finish. The course held up great, and it was definitely the most fun course I’ve ever skied.