Home Town Girl Triumphant - Kraft Wins Gold Again - BC Alpine Ski Association

Lindsay Kraft (BC Ski Team 05/06)
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Paul Stutz of Banff, Alta., earned his third victory in four days while Lindsay Kraft of Vernon and the BC Ski Team completed a golden giant slalom sweep on Tuesday to conclude the third stop on the Pontiac GMC Cup circuit.

In the men's GS, Stutz posted the fastest time on the second run to take the gold in 2:19.16 in soft snow conditions at Silver Star Mountain Resort. Jeff Hume of Whistler, B.C. followed in 2:19.40 while Jan Hudec of Banff was third in 2:19.58.

''I think I learned to ski on the softer snow the past couple of days and made the necessary adjustments today,'' said Stutz, a fifth-year national team member who won the slalom races on Saturday and Sunday. ''It's not a feel good course here so you really have to fight all the way to the bottom. It's very challenging.''

Jeff Crompton of Calgary, tied with Hume in the overall western standings heading into Tuesday's action, won the first run but finished fourth overall. Hume therefore will be the west leader heading into next month's Canadian championships.

''It's quite exciting to be first overall,'' said Hume with four medals on the circuit this season. ''My first run I was feeling pretty good but I made some mistakes which didn't help. The second run was a rodeo ride but I held on to the end and it all worked out.''

It was another strong outing for Hudec. The 24-year-old is on the comeback trail after a serious knee injury at Val d'Is