Rebecca Nadler looks to claim her second straight NCAA giant slalom title March 6 at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl (Photo: Gil Talbot).
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Harvard Magazine: Giant Champion
A year removed from her NCAA title in the women's giant slalom, junior Rebecca Nadler of the Harvard ski team will represent the Crimson at the 2013 NCAA Championships March 6-9 in Middlebury, Vt. The alpine races will take place at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl.
Nadler will be competing in the first event of the four-day championship, as the women's GS will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday March 6. The awards ceremony for the GS will be held that day as well, with a closing event scheduled for noon Saturday March 9.
The NCAA will be streaming every event from the 2013 Skiing Championships live. To watch Rebecca defend her giant slalom title, click here, or follow the link above.
Last Year's NCAA Championships
Entering the second run in second position overall, Nadler turned in an equally solid run on her second attempt en route to the NCAA individual national championship in the women's giant slalom event at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, Mont. Nadler became the first Harvard skier, male or female, to win a national championship. Earlier in the year, Nadler became the first skier to even win a downhill event, also in the giant slalom.
With a two-run time of 1:41.82, Nadler also became just the fourth woman from the Eastern Region to win the NCAA giant slalom title at a Western host site in 15 tries. Her margin of victory by 0.38 seconds over Vermont's Kate Ryley ranked as one of the largest margins of victory in recent NCAA history. Nadler bested a field of 35 racers to claim the NCAA title.
Harvard magazine recently released an article featuring Nadler, her training regimen and her quest for a second straight NCAA title in the GS. To read the story, click here, or follow the link above.
Strong 2013 Season
Nadler was able to translate her NCAA victory into a strong 2013 campaign. After kicking off the season with an 11th-place result in the GS at the Vermont Carnival, Nadler went onto record a string of five straight top-10 finishes, including two podiums and a victory. She nearly missed the podium in her second race of the season, placing fourth at the St. Lawrence Carnival, but performed well in her next outing, taking second at the Colby Carnival.
At the EISA Championships/Bates Carnival, Nadler returned to the top of the podium for the first time since her NCAA title, sharing the victory with rival Kate Ryley of Vermont. Ryley held a .04-second edge after the first run of the giant slalom, but Nadler made up that margin in a faster second run, matching Ryley's two-run time of 2:38.45.
Following the EISA Championships/Bates Carnival, the EISA handed out a number of season awards. Nadler was named to the EISA Women's Alpine second team, and was the lone Harvard representative among the postseason award winners.