GLASGOW’S Owen Vinter had to do it the hard way but admitted victory tasted even sweeter after coming from behind to take his second win in as many days at the 2017 English Alpine Championships.
The racers were once again blessed with sublime conditions in the Italian resort of Bormio, where 15-year-old Vinter edged out Thomas Hudson by just 0.25 seconds to add the giant slalom title to Monday's slalom success.
The Mearns Castle School student was off the pace after his first run, but sent down the fastest run of anyone on the day to scoop the victory.
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“I’m pretty pleased with how I skied the GS,” he said. “I was lying in fourth after my first run, so I was really pleased to come back in my second and take the win.
“I just gave it my all and tried to let loose on the second run, I was really pumped.
“It is Super-G next this week, and if I ski well, I should be near the podium. I love Super-G, it is my favourite discipline. I am known for liking speed, so the Super G is good for me.”
The Championships are celebrating their 10th year in Bormio, with more than 400 of the country’s most talented skiers – ranging from under-10s to senior racers – flocking to the Italian resort to battle it out for the coveted English titles.
It was another day of huge success all round for Glasgow’s racers, with the Glasgow Ski Racing team – led by Vinter and also including Robbie Anderson, Isla Ward, Chris McLew, and Scott Wylie – beating Ambition Racing in the final to claim the team parallel slalom crown.
And Owen’s older brother Zak also managed his second podium finish in as many days, coming third in the under-21 men’s Super-G.
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