A New Englander won the White Mountain Dual Challenge at Waterville Valley last weekend. Nolan Kasper, 28, of Warren, Vermont, won Saturday’s race on the World Pro Ski Tour. On Saturday, Feb. 17, Kasper heads to South Korea for the Olympic Games where he will compete in the slalom competition on Feb. 22.
At the Waterville Valley race, Kasper edged out Canadian skier Morgan Megarry, 24, of Collingwood, Ontario, for the win in the final round. Third and fourth place went to Michael Ankeny, 27, of Wayzata, Minnesota, and Robby Kelley, 27 of Starksboro, Vermont.
“It was great to see such a big crowd of enthusiastic supporters today at Waterville Valley for this event. Like all the racers here today, I am thrilled to see that the World Pro Ski Tour has come back after being dormant for so long,” said Kasper.
According to a story on NBC, Kasper’s been fighting an uphill battle to get back into racing. “I’ve had seven surgeries in the past seven years now so I’ve had my fair share of bumps and bruises,” said Kasper. “I’ve spent countless hours rehabbing in the gym working out on snow. I train a lot.”
“It’s tough coming back from this many injuries, but I’m gonna go out there and compete as well as I can and see what happens,” said Kasper. “There’s no other option for me.”
Dubbed the White Mountain Dual Challenge, the Waterville Valley race was the first stop of the World Pro Ski Tour featuring 32 ski racers from around the U.S., Canada, Finland, Sweden, and France. Next stop for the tour is Aspen, Colorado on March 9 and 10, followed by the final race of the series at Sunday River, Maine, on March 30 and 31.
The Waterville Valley race will air on CBS Sports Network on April 1 at 1 p.m. The Aspen race will air on April 8 at 2:30 p.m., and the Sunday River race on April 15.