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McJames Wins Women's Giant Slalom at US Alpine Championships

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Charles Krupa
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Associated Press
Megan McJames (5) raises the golden hatchet trophy after winning the women's giant slalom skiing race at the U.S. Alpine Ski Championships at Maine's Sugarloaf resort, flanked by 2nd place finisher Foreste Peterson (2) and 3rd, Patricia Mangan (8).

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine - Megan McJames won the women's giant slalom on Monday in the U.S. Alpine Championships at stormy Sugarloaf Mountain.
 
It was her first national title after seven podium finishes.
 
The two-time Olympian finished with a combined time of 2:05.03, with Dartmouth's Foreste Peterson .33 seconds off the pace. Patricia Mangan, a U.S. ski team member with McJames, claimed the final podium spot for the top junior of the day.
 
McJames led after the first run by just .03 over Peterson.
 
Gusting winds and low visibility were factors in only 36 of 66 skiers finishing their opening run. The starting gate for the second run was moved down several gates on the Narrow Gauge course.
 
Super-G champion Laurenne Ross did not finish and slalom winner Resi Stiegler took a fall.