Colby Skier Nickerson Fourth in Super G, Ninth in Downhill in Austria

By AlpineZone News |
Jan 17 2005 - 06:30 PM

WATERVILLE, Maine ??” Colby College All-American skier Warner Nickerson (New Hampton School/Tilton, N.H.) placed fourth in the Super G event on Sunday and was ninth in the downhill in Saturday’s competition at the 2005 FIS World University Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

Nickerson, a senior at Colby, is one of six male skiers competing for the United States team in downhill, slalom, giant slalom and Super-G events. Nickerson will race in the giant slalom Wednesday and finish up with the slalom Friday.

The finishes by Nickerson were impressive considering he competes in only the slalom and the giant slalom during the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) carnival season.

Nickerson was the top American finisher in the Super G race with a time of 1 minute, 21.86 seconds in the field of 68 racers. Italy’s Francesco Ghedina placed first in 1:20.05, Austria’s Dominik Schweiger was second in 1:20.65 and Russia’s Anton Konovalov placed third with a 1:21.40.

Nickerson finished second among the American racers and ninth overall in the downhill with a time of 1:31.44. Slovakia’s Matija Grasic was the winner in 1:29.75 and Charles Christianson of the U.S. was seventh in 1:30.93.

Nickerson will miss the opening alpine ski race for Colby at the Bates Carnival on January 21-22. His first EISA ski carnival will be at Saint Michael’s on January 28-29. Nickerson, despite missing time with an injury, won five EISA races last year and earned All-America honors in the giant slalom at the NCAA Division I Championships.