KIMBERLEY, British Columbia — Dartmouth senior Brian McLaughlin, fresh off his NCAA giant slalom title, traveled to British Columbia for the NorAm GS and came away with two more victories over the last two days to qualify for all World Cup races next year. The Big Green skier wasn’t alone on the podium, however, as sophomore Tanguy Nef, who finished second in the NCAA GS and won the slalom last week in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, placed third in both events as well.
On Monday, McLaughlin, a native of Topsfield, Massachusetts, took the lead on the first run by more than seven-tenths of a second in 1:22.16, then did just enough to beat out Canadian Trevor Philp by a tenth of a second with a combined time of 2:45.20. Nef put together two solid runs and grabbed his spot on the podium with a time of 2:46.35, beating out Great Britain’s Charlie Raposo (2:46.66) in fourth.
The very next day, another giant slalom race was held, and the top four skiers from Monday repeated their places, though McLaughlin had to overcome Philp on the second run as the latter led by a mere 0.07 seconds. But overcome the slim margin he did with a run of 1:22.07, finishing up with a total time of 2:45.99, barely a quarter of a second ahead of Philp (2:46.27). Nef was separated from Philp by the same margin, easily securing third in 2:46.55.
The duo won’t rest quite yet with the U.S. Alpine Championships taking place on March 21-26 in Sun Valley, Idaho.