PARK CITY, Utah -- Ophelie David of France retook the World
Cup points lead Saturday, winning the first World Cup ski cross
competition in North America. Canadian Dave Barr won his first SX
event in the men's race.
Ski cross will make it's debut in 2010 as the newest Olympic snow
sport. Sometimes referred to as "motocross on skis," the event
features four skiers tackling a snowy course that features banked
turns, rollers and flat sections. The top two skiers in each heat
advance until the final four.
David moved past teammate Meryl Boulangeat into the points lead
when Boulangeat fell in the final heat and finished fourth. Sasa
Faric of Slovenia was second and Emilie Serain of Switzerland
The winner said she was pleased to be victorious but she was
happier because SX finally was being held in North America, which
traditionally has hosted only aerials, moguls and dual moguls.
"I am super happy that we have the first ski cross in North
America ... I think this is the first bridge between these two
worlds," David said.
Barr said he was surprised by his victory with Casey Puckett, a
four-time Olympic alpine skier and two-time X Games SX champion,
second. Michael Schmid of Switzerland finished third and Daron
Rahlves, the most successful downhiller in U.S. alpine history,
"I was just looking to get into finals," Barr said. Puckett
and Schmid got slightly tangled midway through the final heat, the
Canadian skied past and never was caught.