Baxter wins men's slalom

Eurosport - Tue, 30 Mar 21:20:00 2010

Noel Baxter claimed the men's slalom title at the British National Ski Championships in Meribel.

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Baxter trailed reigning national champion David Ryding by nearly a second after the opening run, vindicating the Olympic selectors' decision to send Ryding to Vancouver.

But the Scot took advantage of an error by Ryding on the second run to claim the title three seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, Dougie Crawford.

"I definitely had a better rhythm and feel on the second run and skied much better," said Baxter.

"On the first run everything was going on, the conditions were pretty dreadful. There was even snow sticking to my goggles. But on the second I was prepared to take the risks and it paid off.

"To be honest winning the title was not high on my list of goals after the season we have all had. I really am ready to finish the season here and now. I am just empty of motivation now."

In the women's racing Chemmy Alcott won the women's giant slalom title for the ninth time in 12 years after closest rival - and winner of the super-G - Louise Thomas straddled a gate.

"Super G and super combined have been my best at World Cup and even with my 11th in Are, giant slalom has been a bit hit or miss," said Alcott.

"It is a bit of a confidence thing and partly technical. There is something which I have been doing for 27 years that needs addressed and so I will be going back to foundations in the summer."

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