Rocky men win dual slalom title

2013-03-09T16:24:00Z 2013-03-09T18:05:05Z Rocky men win dual slalom title The Billings Gazette

SUN VALLEY, Idaho -- Rocky Mountain College's men won a national title in the first-ever dual slalom races Saturday as the United States Collegiate Ski Association championships wrapped up on Bald Mountain.

The Battlin' Bears beat Sierra Nevada College in the finals, with competitors racing head-to-head down two separate courses, which also included a couple of jumps on the Grayhawk run.

"It was pretty exciting," Rocky coach Jerry Wolf said. "We hadn't trained on that a lot."

Rocky's winning team included Nils Hoegbom, Harlan Collins, Jonas Olofsson and Bjorn Tuaz. Hoegbom, Olofsson and Tuaz won their races in the finals as the Bears beat Sierra Nevada, 3-1, Wolf said

The win capped off a successful week of skiing at nationals for the Rocky men and women.

"We've gotten more medals and more hardware than we've ever had at nationals as a team and individuals," said Wolf, whose Rocky teams have been to USCSA championships 12 consecutive years.

Rocky's men and women both finished second in the combined team standings (giant slalom and slalom) to the reigning champions from Sierra Nevada.

Eloise Julliand (women's slalom) and Hoegbom (men's GS and slalom) were individual champions for the Bears. They also won the individual combined titles and earned USCSA All-America recognition.

 

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