Flynn and Stewart Win 2nd Annual Sugarloaf Banked SlalomBy admin • Mar 11th, 2012 • Category: News
Thirty-four-year-old Ryan Flynn from Damariscotta, Maine, and 14-year-old Lindsay Stewart from Cape Elizabeth, Maine took first place in the menâ€™s and womenâ€™s divisions today at the 2nd Annual Sugarloaf Banked Slalom.
The two-day Banked Slalom is a snowboard-only, open registration event, in which snowboarders young and old compete on a winding course of banked turns down Sugarloafâ€™s storied terrain.
Flynn finished the course of 24 banked turns in a time of 1:05.21, while Stewart finished in 1:16.87.
Rounding out the top three for men were 37-year-old Kevin McMahon from Stratton, Vermont, and 38-year-old Jack Michaud from Falmouth, Maine. McMahon also took home second place in last yearâ€™s inaugural Sugarloaf Banked Slalom, finishing just behind Olympic Gold Medalist Ross Powers.
On the womenâ€™s side, Miriah Chapman from Dexter, Maine, and Chelsi Christensen from North Hampton, New Hampshire finished in second and third place, respectively.
After finishing in fourth place last year, Flynn, a boat-builder and former snowboard coach at Gould Academy, became only the second champion in Sugarloaf Banked Slalom history.
â€œThe course this year was incredible and this whole event is so much fun,â€ Flynn said. â€œIt was so smooth, and even though it was faster than last yearâ€™s, it felt bigger. Itâ€™s great to see the event keep growing like this. Iâ€™m bringing more and more people with me each year.â€
Based on the model of the Mt. Baker Legendary Banked Slalom, the Sugarloaf Banked Slalom is organized in part by two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Seth Wescott. Wescott did not race in this yearâ€™s event due to an injury sustained on the World Cup tour earlier in the season.