University of Colorado freshman skier David Ketterer won a pair of slalom races on Sunday and Monday at Mont Ste-Marie Resort in Quebec, Canada during the NorAm Cup Finals.
Ketterer won the Cup by 275 points, the largest NorAm Cup victory since Chip Knight won the slalom standings by 294 points in 2002. Ketterer now has five wins in eight slalom races on this year's tour.
"It's the first cup I've ever won," Ketterer said in a release. "It's a great feeling to be consistent over the whole season."
Ketterer edged AJ Ginnis of the United States by 1.09 seconds in Monday's slalom race. On Sunday, he was a quarter-second faster than Trevor Hilp of Canada with a two-run time of 1:41.28.
Earlier this season, Ketterer became the fifth skier in NCAA history to sweep the slalom and giant slalom titles at the NCAA Championships, doing so on March 8-11 in Cannon Mountain, N.H.
Ketterer also competed in three of the eight giant slalom races on the NorAm Cup series, and he placed 17th on Friday and eighth on Saturday in the GS this past weekend at Mont Ste-Marie. ketterer finished 22nd in the GS standings with 76 points, becoming the 12th skier in the last 19 seasons who won the slalom tour to also place in the top 25 in the giant slalom standings.
Ketterer is guaranteed start positions in next seasons FIS World Cup, which is the top international circuit of alpine skiing.
"David's rapid acceleration is directly related to his participation with CU," Colorado head coach Richard Rokos said in the release. "He went to school because his overall performance did not guarantee any further progress after the last season (with the German National Team). The fact this all happened on 'our clock' just demonstrates the quality of the program."
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