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Canada's Cook wins super-G title at U.S. nationals

The Canadian Press

3/30/2012 9:04:34 PM

WINTER PARK, Colo. -- Dustin Cook spoiled the party at the U.S. national alpine championships.

Cook claimed the super-G crown Friday for his second U.S. title after winning last year's downhill championships.

The 23-year-old from Ottawa finished first in a time of one minute 10.34 seconds, just four-hundredths of a second ahead of Tommy Ford, who will be the official U.S. super-G champion as the top American racer on the day.

Cook, who has never won a Canadian championship, said his U.S. counterparts were gracious about his victory -- to a point.

"They were like, 'You are not going to be invited back next year,"' said Cook. "My year has been pretty rough. I just wanted to (finish strong)."

Americans Jared Goldberg and Brennan Rubie were tied for third with a time of 1:10.40.

"It was a little ragged out there, the snow was pretty soft, which normally I don't like," said Cook. "But I think I (nailed it) pretty good at the bottom. It was such a tight race."

Cook was the only Canadian competing in the super-G, which featured 73 U.S. skiers, three Norwegians, two Japanese and New Zealand skiers and one Czech racer.

Cook also won without the aid of an on-site serviceman or support team.

"There's spring series in Canada but I really wanted to do some speed so I came here," said Cook, who didn't get the chance to compete in downhill or super-G at this month's Canadian Championships in Le Massif, Que., because both events were cancelled due to unseasonably warm temperatures.

"My serviceman prepared the skis in Le Massif. I just scraped and brushed them last night. Everyone in the start is putting on overlays and I don't have anything.

Cook started 13 World Cup races in the 2011-12 season but his best result was a 35th-place finish in the super-G in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Feb. 24.

World Cup star Julia Mancuso won the ladies' super-G Friday. Devon Clarke of Waterloo, Ont., was the top Canadian with a 19th-place finish.