Conroy skis, steals the slalom

By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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Shannon Conroy dazzled her opponents with technical skill at the FIS Western Region Junior National Championships last weekend, making her the women’s slalom champion. Conroy, 19 of Auburn, who skis with the Squaw Valley Ski Team, competes in the International Ski Federation (FIS), which is one of the highest levels of competitive skiing. The overall winner in giant slalom and slalom combined automatically qualified for U.S. Nationals, from which the U.S. ski team is selected. Conroy is not sure yet if her slalom win in Bogus Basin, Idaho earned her a bid to nationals, but she is still reveling in her hard-fought victory. “I was in 6th after my first run (Sunday) and it was a very close field,” Conroy said. “I knew that if I skied how I have been skiing I could win.” In the first slalom race last Saturday, Conroy took second place to Duffy Morgan of the Stevens Pass Alpine Club in Edmonds, Wash. When it came to the final round of races on Sunday, Conroy wouldn’t settle for second best. She beat out teammate Paige Whistler for first place with a time of one minute and .3968 seconds. “I ended up winning,” Conroy said. “She had a few mistakes, so I beat her overall by 9 hundreths of a second. The average of the two races made her the overall slalom champion. Conroy’s next major race is scheduled for April in Mission Ridge, Wash. Until then Conroy said she will continue to hone her skills at less competitive races held at Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley. Reach Sara Seyydin at