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Ligety Takes 9th in Giant Slalom

by Matthew Piper, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Assoc.

WHISTLER CREEKSIDE, BC (Feb. 23) – Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) finished ninth in a giant slalom won by Swiss Carlo Janka on Tuesday, with Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal getting silver and bronze, respectively.

"Ninth place is never my goal," said Ligety, the World Cup points leader in giant slalom. "I felt like I had a very good chance at a podium today, and it just didn’t work out that way."

Ligety was eighth, .6 seconds behind Janka after the first run, leaving him with work to do but hope for a medal. Jansrud, for instance, was .80 back en route to silver. However, running after a TV break with falling snow, Ligety got off to a slow start on the top flat and lost a lot of time, too much to make up.

"I feel like a lot of guys really raised their level of skiing, especially Jansrud and Janka," Ligety said. "With that, it was hard to stay close, but at the same time I was skiing well enough, just was making too many mistakes.

"I definitely didn’t feel defeated between runs. I’ve made up more time than that before."

Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) did his best to replicate the incredible success he’s had earlier in speed events, but made one too many mistakes to recover from and went off course.

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"Bode skied great up top and then went down on his hip, made a recovery like only Bode can, but came in late to the next panel and hooked a gate with his hand," U.S. Head Coach Sasha Rearick said. "He then made another spectacular recovery and went straight back into hammering the line. He was pushing to make up time. He was happy with his run and would have liked to be in there, but he was skiing with passion."

Tommy Ford (Bend, OR) ripped up the bottom section on his first run after a slow start, making the turn in 26th and finishing in the same spot, leaving an impression as a 20-year-old in his first Olympics.

"I’ve always loved watching the Olympics, and to actually be here is unbelievable," he said.

Jake Zamansky (Aspen, CO) was 34th after his first run, then charged to a final finish of 31.

"I gave it everything I had today, and I didn’t leave anything on the hill, and that’s what I wanted," he said.

"Maybe I wasn’t nervous enough. Sometimes, having nerves is better for you in the end, and today I was super relaxed."

Men’s slalom is set for Saturday, with the first run at 10 a.m. PT and the second at 1:45 p.m.

"I feel like I have a good chance," Ligety said. "I won the slalom portion of super combined and there were some good slalom skiers in that field. We’ll see. it’s not the event that I’m really favored in, but I feel like if I put together two good runs in sections where I know I have been this year, then I could be up there."

OFFICIAL RESULTS 2010 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES

Whistler Creekside, BC – Feb. 23

Men’s Giant Slalom

  • Gold – Carlo Janka, Switzerland, 2:37.83
  • Silver – Kjetil Jansrud, Norway, 2:38.22
  • Bronze – Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 2:38.44
  • 4. Marcel Hirscher, Austria, 2:38.52
  • 5. Romed Baumann, Austria, 2:38.80
  • 9. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 2:39.11
  • 26. Tommy Ford, Bend, OR, 2:41.15
  • 31. Jake Zamansky, Aspen, CO, 2:42.35
  • DNF 1 – Bode Miller, Franconia, NH