Alta's Michael Cooper scorching field at U16 Western Regional alpine ski championships

By: Journal sports staff
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Michael Cooper of Alta recorded the fastest runs for boys in the slalom Tuesday at Alaska’s Mount Alyeska in the event opener at the U16 Western Regional alpine ski championships.

Cooper, a sophomore at Sugar Bowl Academy in Soda Springs, scorched two slalom courses in ideal racing conditions and took gold at Day 1 of the Junior Olympics event with some of the top skiers in the nation.

According to the, Cooper came in at 43.60 seconds on his first run, which was nearly a second faster than the rest of the field, and 46.06 on his second try, which turned out to be a half-second faster than they next competitor. On the day, Cooper’s overall time of 1:29.66 gave him an overall victory by more than a second.

On Wednesday, Cooper again topped the U16 field, with times of 53.85 and 52.31 seconds in the giant slalom for a combined time of 1:46.16, according to Cooper’s Wednesday times were both the second best in the field.

Cooper is scheduled to ski in the super-G Thursday afternoon.

Cooper is hopeful after racing in three events this week he can land a spot on the U.S. team for future Olympic events.