By Sean Crotty
Singles: The biggest competition of the year commenced on March 28 at Deer Valley Resort in Utah. The course was on Champion run, the toughest course on the World Cup circuit, at 250 meters long with a 29 degree gradient. HoliMont’s Maggie Ryan was skiing in a field of 43 women, some of which were the top ranked in the country including five U.S. ski team members and a Sochi Olympian, Eliza Outrim.
Bringing her best from a successful season and a lot of hard work and training, Maggie put down a solid run and placed 10th after the qualifying run, moving her into the finals, which takes the top 16 finishers.
Aiming to keep that top 10 spot, Maggie improved her time by 2 seconds from her first run, nailed her jumps and finished with a 9th place overall.
Duals: On March 30, the last event of the year brought everyone into the duals competition. Maggie drew a bye for the first round based on her ranking going into the comp. In the round of 32, she won her dual with a good, clean run. Moving onto the round of 16, she was up against Sophia Schwartz, ranked 3rd in the US and 2nd in the completion, and a skier who narrowly missed making the Olympic Team. Knowing this was her last run in competition of the season, Maggie gave it her all, skied one of the best runs of the year, but couldn’t quite give it the same speed as Sophia. Maggie ended up with a 9th place finish in duals.
Ending the season with two top 10 finishes in U.S. Nationals exceeded Maggie’s goals for the year. She can’t wait for the 2015 season.