CRESTED BUTTE, COLO., FEB. 5 -- Pam Fletcher won her second race in two days, and Mike Brown extracted a measure of revenge for being left off the Olympic team in super-giant slalom races today at the U.S. Alpine Ski Championships.
Fletcher won the women's race by more than a second. She won the downhill Thursday, so has retained her two national titles of a year ago.
Brown, a U.S. ski team veteran who felt that miscommunication by coaches cost him a spot on the Olympic team, won the men's race decisively. He had finished second in Thursday's downhill.
Fletcher, 25, from Acton, Mass., was timed in 1 minute 35.74 seconds.
Kristin Krone, 19, of Truckee, Calif., was next in 1:36.92. She began the season as a member of the national training group and has done well in her first year of World Cup racing. This week she claimed a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
Debbie Armstrong, 24, of Seattle was third in 1:37.09.
Fletcher said she "questioned whether I could do it, because I haven't had much super-G success this year and it's really difficult to defend your title in the nationals. My run felt really strong and solid. I'm excited about it."
She said her super-G run was more in control than her downhill run Thursday. Her downhill victory was "a major confidence-booster" heading into the super-G, she said.
"I needed to do well in these nationals for my head," she said. "This was psychological training for me as I get ready for Calgary."
Brown, 25, of Vail, Colo., was clocked in 1:30.63. Newcomer Jeremy Nobis, 17, of Park City, Utah, was second in 1:31.50, followed by Andreas Rickenbach of Pleasanton, Calif., in 1:31.71.
Brown reiterated his belief he had been treated unfairly by coaches, who, he said, told him he probably would make the Olympic team if he rested his injured wrist instead of racing. He said he found out "through the grapevine" that that wasn't an accurate assessment.
"I got a raw deal," he said.