Ogden, UT, Feb. 26--Geoffrey Stephenson (Wilson, WY) posted thefastest time of the afternoon to win the first of two Super SeriesFinals downhills Saturday at Snowbasin, Utah. Brett Fischer (WinterPark, CO) took the victory by a slim margin in the second race. Theraces were the first Super Series DHs of the season.
The races finally got underway after Friday's single race was postponeddue to inclement weather which included snowfall, wind and limitedvisibility. Training runs were also postponed earlier in the week due tosubstantial snowfall. Saturday's weather was overcast with some sunnybreaks.
Snowbasin will be the site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Downhill andSuper G events. Saturday's races were started from a lower point on thecourse (weather start) and then crossed over to the women's downhillcourse.
A former junior DH champion, Stephenson recorded an afternoon-best1:16.42, topping second-place finisher David Anderson of Canada, who hada 1:16.44. Fellow Canadian Chad Mullen was third, recording a 1:16.63.
"First run, the light was little better," said Stephenson. "Second run,the light was a little flatter, it was tough to see the bumps. In thefirst run, I hit the turns in the pitch perfectly and came out of therewith alot of freight. It's a great course. It's got all of the elementsof downhill-it's got some steeps, some turns, some flats and especiallyit's got some jumps."
Fischer ran the course in 1:16.87, just edging out Travis Svensrud(Bozeman, MT), who had a 1:16.88, by one-one hundredth of a second.Canadian David Anderson came in third with a 1:17.00.
Fischer competed in 49 races last winter, including a pair of top-10s atnationals. He also has a second place finish in a 1998 FIS DH to hiscredit.
"I thought the course was great the way it was laid out on the hill,"said Fischer. "The top was pretty intense. It was easy to lose yourbalance. I fell in the first run and almost did in the second run. Ifyou could get through the bank turns section clean, then you were goldenfor the bottom."
Despite falling on his first run, Fischer was still able to recover andtake a sixth place finish. Stephenson was ninth in the second race.
Interestingly enough, everyone made it across the finish line in thefirst race. There were four DNFs on the afternoon, all in the secondrace.
"It's just my opinion, but I think this course is going to rivalKitzbuehel (Austria)," said Fischer. "It's going to be so fun to watch(in 2002). As soon as they get some ice on here, it's gonna beunbelieveable."
The Super Series, which is the U.S. portion of the Nor Am Cup, concludesSunday with a Super G.
MEN'S SUPER SERIES
February 26, 2000
1. Geoffrey Stephenson, Wilson, WY, 1:16.42
2. David Anderson, Canada, 1:16.44
3. Chad Mullen, Canada, 1:16.63
4. Eric Holmer, Bend, OR, 1:16.92
5. Wade Bishop, Winter Park, CO, 1:17.36
6. Brett Fischer, Winter Park, CO, 1:17.43
7. Jeff Hume, Canada, 1:17.51
8. Cameron Culbert, Canada, 1:17.83
9. Jeff Durand, Canada, 1:17.85
10. Wisi Betschart, Heavenly, CA, 1:18.01
1. Brett Fischer, Winter Park, CO, 1:16.87
2. Travis Svensrud, Bozeman, MT, 1:16.88
3. David Anderson, Canada, 1:17.00
4. Cameron Culbert, Canada, 1:17.29
5. Chad Mullen, Canada, 1:17.40
6. Parker Gray, Newry, ME, 1:17.48
7. Stefan Overgaard, Canada, 1:17.74
8. Eric Holmer, Bend, OR, 1:17.81
9. Geoffrey Stephenson, Wilson, WY, 1:17.90