Team Alaska skiers battle snow whipped slalom course to take gold, silver

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2006

Two Alaska Team men took home the gold and silver Ulus in the Arctic Winter’s Game men’s slalom event Tuesday at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.

Alyeska Ski Club member Richard C. Kelly posted the fastest combined times, with times of 47.88 on his first run and 48.43 on his second run. This was the second Games for the 16-year-old, Anchorage skier. He was a member of Team Alaska that took home the silver medal in the 2004 Games in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Going into this year’s competition, the gold-medal winner listed his goals as “doing well in my races and having fun.”

Nathan Ord won the silver medal, with times of 49.13 on his first run and 49.00 on his second run. The 15-year-old skier trains with his hometown club the Juneau Ski Club.

Alberta skier Joshua Watson took home the bronze medal, with times of 50:18 and 52:12.

Alaska skiers definitely had a home-hill advantage, said Duffy Jensen, a start referee for the slalom event. Skiers competed in the midst of a winter snow storm.

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