Jasper’s Tianda Carroll posted her best result ever in a Nor-Am Cup race, placing seventh overall in the super-combined event at Nakiska last week.
The Alberta Ski Team member, whose strongest event is the slalom, said she was “ecstatic” with the result in the combined event, which takes the total time of one slalom run and one super-G run.
“After the super-G I was in 22nd, which was fine, and then in the slalom I just had a really good run,” she said on Friday after the event.
“Seventh is such an improvement from even last year,” she added, noting that she was happy with a top-20 finish in slalom events last season at this level of competition.
There were about 80 female competitors at the Nor-Am event in Nakiska.
“It’s mostly the top girls from Canada and the States,” said Carroll. “But some Russians and Germans were there too.”
Carroll, who just turned 18 in October, posted a combined time of 1:50.08 for the two runs. That put her just a second and a half behind the first-place finisher, 21-year-old Elena Prosteva of Russia.
Prosteva is the Russian national champion in this event and represented her country in five alpine skiing events at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver/Whistler.
After Nakiska, Carroll was off to Panorama, near Invermere, B.C., for another series of Nor-Am Cup races there.