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Compton defends short track national title

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Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant) repeats as short track national champion

Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant) repeats as short track national champion
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Teal Stetson-Lee (Sweet Elite Rocky Mountain Chocolate) riding in fifth place

Teal Stetson-Lee (Sweet Elite Rocky Mountain Chocolate) riding in fifth place
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Heather Irmiger (Subaru Trek) takes the sprint against Gould

Heather Irmiger (Subaru Trek) takes the sprint against Gould
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Defending USA Champion Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant)

Defending USA Champion Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant)
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) did not have the answer to Katie Compton today

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) did not have the answer to Katie Compton today
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Kathy Sherwin (NoTubes) riding herself into fourth place

Kathy Sherwin (NoTubes) riding herself into fourth place
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Kelli Emmett (Giant) making it into the top ten

Kelli Emmett (Giant) making it into the top ten
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Teal Stetson-Lee (Sweet Elite Rocky Mountain Chocolate) having a podium ride

Teal Stetson-Lee (Sweet Elite Rocky Mountain Chocolate) having a podium ride
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) chased Compton hard

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) chased Compton hard
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Erica Zevata (BMC) on the only descent

Erica Zevata (BMC) on the only descent
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Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant) shot out to a 40 second lead

Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant) shot out to a 40 second lead
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Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) descending

Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) descending
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Heather Irmiger (Subaru Trek) was glued to Gould

Heather Irmiger (Subaru Trek) was glued to Gould
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Kathy Sherwin (BMC) riding in the third chase group

Kathy Sherwin (BMC) riding in the third chase group
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Judy Freeman (Kenda Felt) having a 7th place ride

Judy Freeman (Kenda Felt) having a 7th place ride
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Lea Davison (Specialized) had her hopes of winning ruined by a crash at the start

Lea Davison (Specialized) had her hopes of winning ruined by a crash at the start
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Judy Freeman (Kenda Felt) takes the hole shot

Judy Freeman (Kenda Felt) takes the hole shot
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Chloe Forsman (BMC) got off to a fabulous start

Chloe Forsman (BMC) got off to a fabulous start
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Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant) riding the cobbles

Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant) riding the cobbles
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Chloe Forsman (BMC) burying herself on lap two

Chloe Forsman (BMC) burying herself on lap two
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Kelli Emmett (Giant) riding the cobbles

Kelli Emmett (Giant) riding the cobbles
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Carolyn Popovic (Team CF) emerging from the wooded section of the course

Carolyn Popovic (Team CF) emerging from the wooded section of the course
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Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant) opened a massive lead and never looked back

Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant) opened a massive lead and never looked back
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Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) raced to her second consecutive short track national championship title in Sun Valley, Idaho, on Sunday afternoon. Behind her, Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek) and Georgia Gould (Luna) battled for second throughout. Irmiger raced to the line in second place, gapping a tired Gould on the final lap.

"It was fun today. The course was fast," said Compton. "It was slick in places and there were a few power sections. It was good - I liked it a lot.

Compton put on a one-woman show at the front of the race, starting just after the first lap.

"I did a small attack and got a gap," said Compton. "I heard that Georgia and Heather were behind others, so I worked hard to open up that gap, so they'd have to chase. I kept on the gas because I wanted to win this race."

Compton stayed off the front for the duration of the race, gradually stretching her advantage. This victory was her third short track national title. The first two were in Mount Snow, Vermont in 2007 and in Granby, Colorado in 2010.

The short track course this year was much easier than last year with very little climbing. "There was a little hill, but it was so short and fast that it didn't hurt that much," said Compton. "The hardest part was the bumpy grass after the rock section - it was a power suck."

Up until the last lap, Irmiger and Gould comprised the first chase group. The pair worked together well as they fended off the group behind them.

"I lead Georgia for two laps and she pulled me for two laps," said Irmiger. "I was gaging how she was riding and I noticed that I was almost rubbing tires with her in a few sections and I was trying to decide where to make my move. I thought that if I could lead that whole last lap, I could hold onto it."

With one to go, Irmiger went to the front and drilled it. A tired Gould, after winning the cross country on Saturday, didn't have the legs to follow, but Irmiger wasn't sure of that at the time of her attack.

"I wasn't going to be surprised if it didn't work because she's Georgia, but when I looked back on the final pavement section, I saw I had 10 feet and I knew I had to not wipe out on that last corner," said Irmiger, who collected the silver medal.

"I was destroyed after yesterday," said Gould. "I didn't have whatever it is that you need in a short track to win."

"I thought maybe I'd be able to sit on Heather and come back around, but she put in a good effort and I had the kind of legs where you couldn't spin any gear. I hung in there as long as I could. I was trying to keep the pace high enough so that the others couldn't catch us. I only wanted to sprint one person and not six people."

Kathy Sherwin (No Tubes Women's Elite Team) raced to a fourth place spot, her best-ever national championship finish. "Just like yesterday, I was getting stronger and stronger. It was a good set up for my head. Coming into today's short track, I had my head screwed on right. It worked out. I made my way up after the start, and it was a course that suited me."

Teal Stetson Lee (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory) put in her career best performance, too. The 25-year-old, who also races 'cross, may be the future of the elite women's category as she finished fifth for the final podium spot.

"It was dusty and like a road course in some sections, but it was great. I had good legs today because I didn't finish yesterday after having a bad crash. I bruised my knee, but it feels better on a bike today than walking."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katherine Compton (RaboBank - Giant Off Road Team)0:25:09
2Heather Irmiger (Subaru-Trek)0:00:28
3Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team)0:00:32
4Katherine Sherwin (NoTubes Elite Womens Team)0:00:45
5Teal Stetson-Lee (Sweet Elite Rocky Mountain Chocolate Fac)0:00:50
6Erin Huck (Tokyo Joes)0:00:56
7Judy Freeman (Kenda / Felt Mountain Bike Team)0:01:15
8Lea Davison (Specialized Factory Racing)
9Kelli Emmett (Giant Bicycles)0:01:18
10Zephanie Blasi (NoTubes Elite Women's Team)0:01:34
11Sage Wilderman0:01:40
12Nina Baum0:01:57
13Carolyn Popovic0:02:15
14Rebecca Gross (Velo Bella)0:02:33
-2lapsShannon Gibson (NoTubes Elite Women's Team)
-2lapsSarah Kaufmann (Team Roaring Mouse)
-2lapsKaila Hart
-2lapsJoele Guynup
-2lapsErica Zaveta (BMC Mountain Bike Development Team)
-2lapsAmy Dombroski
-3lapsKelsy Bingham
-4lapsMaren Cosens
-6lapsChloe Forsman (BMC Mountain Bike Development Team)
DNSMary Mcconneloug (Kenda/Seven/NoTubes)
DNSKrista Park (Cannondale/NoTubes)

 

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