Julia Ford (center) won her second straight U.S. downhill title in Aspen with Abby Ghent in second (left) and Brooke Wales third (right) (Brad Ghent)
ASPEN, CO (Feb. 15) - Julia Ford (Plymouth, NH) won her second straight U.S. downhill championship and her fifth consecutive race to sweep the women's speed series in Aspen. Ford locked two NorAm super G races and a pair of NorAm downhills to move within one point of Abby Ghent (Edwards, CO) for the NorAm overall lead. Ghent was second in the U.S. Championship race followed by Brooke Wales (Sammamish, WA). The U.S. titles for super G, giant slalom and slalom will be awarded March 28-April 1 as part of the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Winter Park Resort.
Julia Ford (Plymouth, NH) clinched her second straight U.S. downhill championship and fifth consecutive race win
Ford opened the five race Aspen series with two super G and two downhill wins
Ford notched her first World Cup points on Jan. 13 with a super G 25th in Bad Kleinkircheim, Austria
She is now within one point of NorAm overall leader Abby Ghent (Edwards, CO), who was second in the U.S. title race
Brooke Wales (Sammamish, WA) completed the U.S. Ski Team women's podium sweep
Canadian Louise-Pierre Helie won the men's title to lead a Canadian sweep
The U.S. titles for super G, giant slalom and slalom will be awarded March 28-April 1 as part of The Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships at Winter Park Resort
QUOTES Julia Ford It's overwelming. Each race I knew I had to ski my best to throw one in there.
It's been a really good year getting more experience on different hills and different downhills. My confidence has built up quite a bit becuase of that. I just feel really good when I'm in the start gate and on the course and that's a big part of it.
Aspen offers a little of everything. This year there seems to be a lot of terrain so that was really fun and a part of the course I really look forward to - it just seems to suit the way I ski. If you win once, you want to win again.
For sure I would love to go to the Olympics in 2014, I'm just working my way towards that now.