TELLURIDE, Colo. Dec. 17, 2007 -Leading the pack in women’s skiing ath the Jeep King of the Mountain opener was none other than France’s Ophelie David, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, won gold at the 2007 X Games and is the defending King of the Mountain champion.
David continued her run of podium finishes, taking gold a head of Austria’s Karin Huttary. Swedish athlete Magdalen Jonsson finished in third, with American Anik Demers Wild taking up the 4th spot. Rounding out the top eight were Jenny Owens (AUS), Brett Buckles (USA), Gilliar McFetridge (CAN) and Ashleigh McIvor (CAN).
Telluride is only the latest feather in her cap, which includes podium finishes in every event (but one) that she entered in 2005. Throw in victories at the 2006 French Championships, FIS World Cup stops in the Czech Republic and Spain, David is enroute to becoming the most successful women athlete in the discipline, a French jauggernaught which is heading towards the 2010 Olympics with a single minded focus that is scary to watch. One can only wonder how the competition intends to stop her.
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