Riding into Stars-and-Stripes jerseys in the pro events were Jacqueline Harmony and Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing).
Harmony clocked in at 02:36.6 to beat out silver medalist Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Ariz.) who posted a 2:45.9. Jaime Rees (The Bike Hub) grabbed the bronze medal while Lauren Daney and Katie Holden rounded out the podium in fourth and fifth.
"The whole weekend has just been awesome. I've been training for this for many years. Finally, everything clicked and everything was working,” an ecstatic Harmony commented. “Awesome competition. All those girls, I'm so glad that all of them came out. I'm glad they were all able to come ride this course because it was super fun - super good."
In the pro men’s race, Gwin was about three seconds faster than yesterday’s dual slalom champ Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing). He claimed the title with a time of 2:10.0 compared to Mulally’s 2:13.2. Eliot Jackson was the third fastest down the mountain while Logan Binggeli (KHS Factory Racing) and Kevin Littlefield were fourth and fifth.
“It was always a big goal of mine and it definitely always feels good,” said Gwin about winning the national title.
Pro Men Downhill
1. Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) 2:10.0
2. Neko Mulally (Trek World Racing) 2:13.2
3. Eliot Jackson 2:16.8
4. Logan Binggeli (KHS Factory Racing) 2:17.2
5. Kevin Littlefield 2:18.3
Pro Women Downhill
1. Jacqueline Harmony 2:36.6
2. Melissa Buhl 2:45.9
3. Jaime Rees (The Bike Hub) 2:53.5
4. Lauren Daney 2:56.3
5. Katie Holden 3:00.2