Brother and Sister Rahlves Take Top Slots in 2010 Silver Belt Banzai

Olympian Daron Rahlves made a repeat performance as the fastest male skier down the mountain at this weekend's 2010 Silver Belt Banzai, while sister Shannon again took first place in the women's ski division.

The two siblings took the top podium spot amongst a field of over 80 local and regional qualifying finalists racing for a $5,000 total prize purse in Youth (age 14 - 19), ski and snowboard, men's and women's divisions.

All entering athletes were timed in single-skier trials on Saturday, with qualifying times setting the heats for Sunday's skicross-meets-downhill namesake "banzai" format, where six skiers/riders race at once down the famed Silver Belt gully with minimal rules but to stay on course and finish in the top three to advance.

Rahlves, who most recently competed in ski-cross for the United States in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, is a decorated downhiller, an X-Games competitor and former World Champion.

Continuing the family affair established in 2009, Rahlves' sister Shannon, a former CU-Boulder All-American Ski-teamer, again took top honors for the women's ski division.

2010 Silver Belt Banzai Champions
Mens Ski 17 & Over

1. Daron Rahlves
2. Kyle Smaine
3. Trevor Tanhoff
4. Geoffrey Hovorka

Mens Ski 14-16

1. Justin Smaine
2. Jack Hammann
3. Kevin Blincoe
4. Tommy Burkhard

Ladies Ski 17 & Over
1. Shannon Rahlves
2. Sarah Mancuso
3. Lauren Smith
4. Megan Lacy

Mens Snowboard

1. Brian Bozack
2. Kevin Leahy
3. Cale Meyers
4. Jarod Minghini

Ladies Snowboard 17 & Over
1. Emily Weer
2. Shanna Carlen
3. Amanda Spence
4. Aimme Hedman

Ladies Snowboard 14-16

1. Nelly Steinhoff