Former Hamburg resident and two-time Olympian Erik Schlopy (above) won his seventh national ski title Tuesday, producing the fastest time on each run to win the giant slalom by two seconds at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Mammoth Mountain got 10 feet of snow in the last two weeks, creating soft course conditions. But Schlopy, the bronze medalist in giant slalom at the 2003 world championships, overcame the tough conditions to win in 2 minutes, 42.33 seconds.
"Always good to go into summer with a win," said Schlopy of Park City, Utah. "Never a bad time for a win."
Olympic teammate Dane Spencer was second (2:44.33) and Dartmouth College student Evan Weiss took the bronze medal (2:45.32).