Gee Atherton won the Dual Slalom final against Mitch Ropelato tonight, but the big surprise was Micayla Gatto taking the win from Emmeline Ragot, Jill Kintner and Melissa Buhl in her 2nd Dual Slalom race ever.
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Crankworx Dual Slalom Results
1. Gee Atherton
2. Mitch Ropelato
3. Mick Hannah
4. Troy Brosnan
1. Micayla Gatto
2. Emmeline Ragot
3. Jill Kintner
4. Melissa Buhl
Gee Atherton won the Crankworx Whistler Dual Slalom final tonight in a tough battle against Mitch Ropelato. In the first run they were side by side through the step up step down a little before the finish with Gee having just a slight lead but then Ropelato crashed in the berm right before the finish step down giving Gee the full 1.5 differential. In the second run Mitch came back strong with a solid win over Gee, but it wasn't enough to overcome the full 1.5 second lead that Gee had from run 1. In the small final it was rookie Troy Brosnan up against the experienced Mick Hannah and again it was a tough battle with Mick taking run 1 and Troy taking run 2. In the end Mick ended up third, Troy 4th.
On the women's side it was amazing to see slalom newcomer Micayla Gatto take on the likes of Jill Kintner and Melissa Buhl and come out on top. Womens semifinal run 1, Kintner vs Gatto. Gatto is right with Kintner in the early part of the race but then bobbles and Kintner takes the first run. Run 2 Micayla comes back strong and is right with Kintner into the last straight. Jill is slightly ahead with Gatto right behind her but she has problems with the last berm and Micayla moves into the lead, advancing into the final. Womens semifinal Buhl vs Ragot, Emmeline won both runs with what seemed like not too much difficulty. Women's small final Kintner vs Buhl, Kintner won both runs, then in the women's final Micayla Gatto won both runs against Emmeline.
Gee Atherton and Mitch Ropelato, 1st run of the men's final, Mitch crashed seconds after this shot was taken
Mitch Ropelato and Gee Atherton. Mitch took the 2nd run by a decent margin but couldn't make up the 1.5 seconds he needed after his first run crash
Micayla Gatto races against Emmeline Ragot in the women's final
Jill Kintner and Melissa Buhl in the women's small final
Troy Brosnan and Mick Hannah in the men's small final
Mick Hannah and Troy Brosnan in the men's small final
Micayla Gatto and Jill Kintner in the women's small final
Mitch Ropelato and Mick Hannah in the men's semi final