Carrabassett Valley, Maine • Park City's Megan McJames won the women's giant slalom on Monday in the U.S. Alpine Championships at stormy Sugarloaf Mountain.
It was her first national title after seven podium finishes.
The two-time Olympian finished with a combined time of 2:05.03, with Dartmouth's Foreste Peterson .33 seconds off the pace. Patricia Mangan, a U.S. ski team member with McJames, claimed the final podium spot for the top junior of the day.
McJames led after the first run by just .03 over Peterson.
"Today I wanted it, and it was tough conditions, but I think if there's anything I've learned in the last four years of being an independent skier it's that perseverance is the name of the game," McJames said. "I've been skiing well and I'm proud of it, and so I'm happy that it paid off today."