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Apr 1, 2012 8:04 PM by Jordan Mason

Kelley takes giant slalom title at nationals

WINTER PARK, Colo. (AP) - Robby Kelley closed out the U.S. championships with a win in the giant slalom as temperatures soared into the mid-60s.

The 21-year-old Kelley finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 15.03 seconds on Sunday to beat Espen Lysdahl and Leif Kristian Haugen, who are both from Norway. Defending champion Tommy Ford finished a distant 22nd, more than four seconds behind Kelley.

Kelley comes from impressive ski lineage. His mom, Lindy, was a 1976 Olympian while his cousin, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, is the junior world downhill and combined champion. Another cousin, Jimmy Cochran, just announced his retirement from the U.S. ski team.

After seeing No. 1 flash on the scoreboard after his run, Kelley said: "I couldn't really control my emotions. I started fist pumping, just an awesome feeling."

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