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Ophelie David first in World Cup Standings
Ophelie David of France won the women's competition and jumped to first place in the women's World Cup ski cross standings. Sasa Faric of Slovenia was second, followed by Emilie Serain of Switzerland in third.
"The starts here were really important. I had to really concentrate," David said. "During the race the key was to find a good balance between aggressiveness and keeping the skis smooth."
Langely McNeal (Ketchum, ID) was the only U.S. skier in the women's finals. She finished 16th.
According to Shepherd, the weather in the final competition was a vast improvement over what skiers had to deal with in qualifications.
"With it being really cold last night and not getting any snow, it allowed those athletes to go faster today and make those passes that you saw out there, so it was exciting," Shepherd said. "I think what the athletes are seeing this week is the most technical course we've skied all year. You have turns that are completely across the hill, one after the other, and then we open it up a little bit only to go uphill. That makes it more important for those guys to hit every little piece of terrain perfectly so they can take that speed they get in the transitions and make the passes."
World Cup ski cross has a bit of a break before resuming competitions overseas in Sierra Nevada, Spain. However, many of the skiers will be competing Feb. 8-11 in the Jeep King of the Mountain tour in Squaw Valley, CA,
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Women's Ski Cross
1. Ophelie David, France
2. Sasa Faric, Slovenia
3. Emilie Serain, Switzerland
4. Meryl Boulangeat, France
5. Magdalena Iljans, Sweden
16. Langely McNeal, Ketchum, ID
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