|SUGARLOAF, Maine (March 23) - The U.S. Ski Team's Stacey Cook (Mammoth, CA) won the super G title on a sunny Easter Sunday as the 2008 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships concluded their second day of competition.|
Cook's win was her second U.S. Championship title. Her first was also a SG, two years ago at Sugarloaf.
"I didn't ski one section as cleanly as I had hoped, but things just ended up on the right side of the clock today. It was a tight set and I was pretty prepared for that but it still surprised me a little bit," Cook said. "It's surprising [to win again at Sugarloaf] because I'm not a fan of the cold here, but as far as racing goes I seem to get along well here. I'm just really psyched. It's another national title and you can never complain about that."
Leanne Smith (Conway, NH) took second place and Katie Hitchcock (Carmichael, CA) was third. Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO), who won the women's slalom a day earlier, was fourth.
The 2008 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships continue Monday with men's and women's downhill.
2008 NATURE VALLEY U.S. ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sugarloaf, ME - March 23, 2008
1. Stacey Cook, Mammoth, CA, 1:15.00
2. Leanne Smith, Conway, NH, 1:15.05
3. Katie Hitchcock, Carmichael, CA, 1:15.53
4. Lindsey Vonn, Vail, CO, 1:15.72
5. Megan McJames, Park City, UT, 1:16.56
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