Freshman All-American Scott Veenis
March 31, 2006
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine -- NCAA giant slalom champion Scott Veenis took rank with some of the top competitors in the world, skiing in the GS at the 2006 U.S. alpine championships. The race was held at the Sugarloaf/USA venue.
The first-team All-American held his own against the competition, kicking out of the gate and finishing with a 12th-place mark with a scorching two-run time of 2:12.74. Veenis' downhill performance was good enough to beatout U.S. Ski Team member Tom Rothrock (13th).
"Scotty is continuing to have a great success on the slopes," said head alpine Jaka Korencan. "With a 12th place in the giant slalom at the U.S. national championships, he definitively proved he is one of the most talented young skiers in the nation. It is just great to have such a highly motivated athlete on the team. With his dedication and talent he is raising the level of skiing for the whole team."
The freshman sensation is coming off a first-place gold medal performance in the GS at the NCAA National Championships and is beginning to establish himself as one of the up-and-coming talents on the international racing circuit.
"This is an exciting result," said head coach Eli Brown. "There were not too many non-USST athletes ahead of Scotty. This kid has a bright future and it's pretty exciting to see him progress and knock on the door of the U.S. Ski Team."
Of the top 15 finishes, nine of those results were members of the 2006 U.S. Ski Team. American favorite Bode Miller closed out this year's ski season by winning the event, skiing past Jimmy Cochran and Chip Knighton to complete an all-New England podium.
U.S. National Championship Results
1. MILLER Bode USA 2. COCHRAN James USA 3. KNIGHT Chip USA 4. LIGETY Ted USA 5. NICKERSON Warner C USA 6. WEISS Evan C USA 7. WEIBRECHT Andrew USA 8. CHRISTIANSON Charles USA 9. NYMAN Steven USA 10. MACARTNEY Scott USA 11. DYKSTERHOUSE Richard USA 12. VEENIS Scott USA 13. ROTHROCK Tom USA 14. EPSTEIN Paul USA 15. ANDERSON Peter D USA 16. WAGNER Andrew USA 17. IKUTA Yasuhiro JPN 18. JOHNSON Erik USA 19. MANN Eric USA 20. ROBERTS Drew USA 21. JOHNSON Justin J USA 22. GILBERT Erik USA 23. FRANCIS Kevin USA 24. HEINRICH-WALLACE Mark USA 25. SCHWARTZ Zachary USA 26. FORD Tommy USA 27. WEIBRECHT Ethan USA 28. LEITNER Philipp AUT 29. SWENSSON Joey USA 30. HELDMAN Bump USA 31. COLLINS Shane USA 32. BRYAN Joshua Stephen USA 33. BURAAS Eirik M. NOR 34. BROUSSEAU Brendan USA 35. ANDERSEN Eric USA 36. JUDYCKI Linton USA 37. BLOOM Randall USA 38. GANONG Travis USA 39. HARRIS Martin USA 40. LUND Jacob USA 41. SPENST Taggart USA 42. LAMAR Toby USA 43. HUNTER Jonathan USA 44. KELLEY Timothy USA 45. LONG Braden CAN 45. COSTA Alex USA 47. MCCONNELL Cory USA 48. VEST-BURTON Taylor USA 49. BARBATO Massimo Maria ITA