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Canadian wins the US downhill title??

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Ottawa skier Dustin Cook has been named the U.S. national downhill champion, a victory that he says left his American competitors scratching their heads.

Ottawa's Dustin Cook, right, poses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Alpine Championships downhill in Aspen, Colo., Wednesday.Ottawa's Dustin Cook, right, poses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Alpine Championships downhill in Aspen, Colo., Wednesday. (Submitted by Kelby Halbert)

"I thought it was pretty funny and all the Americans that were behind me — the two guys on the podium — were like, 'What the hell? You're not supposed to be able to win this,' " Cook told CBC News, noting that the official U.S. ski team web site lists second-place winner Will Gregorak as champ.

Cook won the title at the U.S. Alpine Championships downhill in Aspen, Colo., Wednesday.

The 22-year-old said he had nothing to lose.

"I kind of thought it would be funny to win on U.S. soil in front of all the Americans and ended up somehow squeezing the win by the smallest of margins."

Cook wins in 1:12.40

Cook won by two one-hundredths of a second with a time of 1:12.40 and narrowly avoided disaster just before the race began. Cook explained on his blog that 25 seconds before he was to start, his start coach frantically pulled him out of the gate yelling that he was wearing the wrong bib.

"We ended up sorting it out but had [the coach] not noticed and pulled me back this could be a very different posting," he wrote.

Cook said that it's the biggest title he's ever won. His next goal is a Canadian championship.

His name will be etched into the championship trophy, but it will remain in the U.S.

Dustin's parents, who used to be ski instructors, own a chalet in Lac-Sainte-Marie, Que. Cook trains in the village as well.

Dustin's father, Paul, said the news didn't sink in until his son called home.

"He just said, 'Unbelievable that I'm the... U.S. national downhill champion.' Because downhill traditionally has not been Dustin's strong point. He's more of a technical skier."



Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/alpineskiing/story/2011/02/17/ottawa-dustin-cook-national-champion.html#ixzz1EHPyak3m 
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Reminds me of the World Series, wherein the world is just the USA....rolleyes.gif

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Reminds me of the World Series, wherein the world is just the USA....rolleyes.gif



No Toronto Blue Jays...thats Canada...won that too.

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Reminds me of the World Series, wherein the world is just the USA....rolleyes.gif


Or the Super Bowl "World Champions"  rolleyes.gif

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ya but no one really else plays American Football??

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This would seem to be an interesting by-product of running the DH in advance of the remaining Championship events in order to have a safe (and already prepared for NorAms) venue in which to run. Speaking from experience, I can tell you that running a DH in March, much less the end of March is a risky proposition. Do you think USSA will think a little more about scheduling next years DH Championships when some of the nations best DHers are not already committed elsewhere?

 

I have no problem with the outcome. Let the best man win.

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It's not unprecedented that a non-U.S. racer wins at U.S. Nationals.  I remember when Henrik Smith-Meyer, a Norwegian then racing for the University of Utah, won the SL at Nationals in the late-1980s, beating the best USST guys at the time (e.g. Felix McGrath).  Smith-Meyer was a cast-off from the Norwegian Ski Team (thus racing in the USA and getting his college degree).

 

I remember when Smith-Meyer foreran a FIS SL a couple years after graduation from the U, and even though he wasn't wearing the right gear for the job (he borrowed some shin guards from a coach, as he was wearing wool tweed pants) and hadn't inspected the courses, he still had the fastest times in each run by over a second.

 

But I agree with MastersRacer: they really need to schedule U.S. Nationals at a time when the World Cup and Europa Cup speed squads can attend.  It was far easier when North American World Cup races took place in the latter part of the FIS schedule.  And they need to schedule the races at venues that have well-prepped tracks - perhaps piggy-back the DH and SG nationals during the Birds of Prey event at Beaver Creek in December (add the U.S. Nationals event as a non-World Cup race, either immediately before or after the big dance).  It's far easier for the Europeans to schedule their national championship events during breaks in the World Cup action, given the Euro-centric World Cup schedule and FIS leadership.

 

Anywho....

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Ha!  Ironic.
 

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No Toronto Blue Jays...thats Canada...won that too.

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Ha!  Ironic.
 


 


Mind you there were (and are) admittedly few (if any) Canadians on the Blue Jays. It's analogous to an American NHL team winning the Stanley cup with it's roster of mostly Canadian players.

 

Dustin is a local boy and also won the overall Nor-Am last year earning a full ride on the world cup team this year and fore-ran at the Olympics.

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Well, the way I see it, it's either a "closed championship" or an "open" one.
If it's a closed event, then only nationals can compete into it.
If it's open, then the organization can choose (IMHO) to name the first national in the rooster as the "national champion". Not really nice to come 4th (or worse) and still be the national champion but, hey...

BTW, there are some American Football teams here in Italy, as am sure there are in Germany, UK and nearly everywhere US armed forces are or have been stationed, as there are baseball teams and basketball, volleyball etc...
Simply, some of "your" sports have not caught hold abroad
post #11 of 13

Just so you know we like to be fair about these things, Griffin Brown of the U.S. won the Canadian K2 National Championship last spring:

 

http://www.alpineontario.ca/News/tabid/157/EntryId/340/Team-Ontario-takes-4-of-6-podium-medals-in-PC-K2-Nationals-Super-Combined.aspx

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Reminds me of the World Series, wherein the world is just the USA....rolleyes.gif



Kind of like holding the "World Series" while our best players are overseas competing in an international "Baseball World Championships".

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Is Barack Obama eligible for this race?duck.gif

 

 

Response... "Yes!  even people from Hawaii are eligible"...


Edited by crgildart - 2/20/11 at 4:00pm
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