"I slowed down and it was pretty turny afterwards so it wasn't the worst move," said Triendle of manuevering around a gate early in the course on the second run. "I had a mistake, it slowed me down, but it set me up nicely for the next section."
Knowing the mountain, Triendle added, doesn't hurt.
"It's a pretty good advantage," he said. "I also grew up in Truckee and have a lot of experience here. … It always skis tactically the same way you have to pull back in a spot and go for it in another spot."
In the women's race, Denver's Kristine Haugen was the day's first competitor and was the champion at the end.
Haugen, a sophomore for the Pioneers, also won both the slalom and giant slalom races at the NCAA championships a year ago. Her combined time of 1:56.39 was a fraction of a second better than Rove's mark of 1:56.95.
When the day began, Haugen and Rove were the first two skiiers after bib numbers were drawn the night before.
"I was so happy with my bib draw; drawing number one was just amazing," Haugen said. "I think it depends on the person. Some people don't like being number one, but today I really wanted to be one because it was warm up here."
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