SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. (March 21) Tim Jitloff (Reno, Nev.) brought a crowd of thousands to a roaring crescendo Friday with another masterful performance in Squaw Valley to win his second consecutive Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships giant slalom title.
The Olympian, who grew up nearby and raced as a young athlete at the 1960 Olympic resort, captured his second victory in three days at Squaw with a 1.61-second margin of victory over Brennan Rubie (Salt Lake City).
"It was sketchy in there for a second, but I kept it solid, I kept it safe. When I got down at the bottom here I did charge to make sure I got in there," Jitloff said. "I just put down two good ones today, two solid ones. I didn't do anything over the top. Yeah, it was a good day.
"I've got family and friends here that come up from this area and I definitely wanted it. So I had to get down and I had to get down fast. I'm psyched that I did it in front of everybody. It's a good feeling."
Fellow Olympian Jared Goldberg (Holladay, Utah) was third and Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety (Park City) did not finish the final run.