David Chodounsky skis well in Italy
David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, Colorado), fresh off a career-best slalom result in Val d’Isere, France, last weekend, kept the momentum flowing and once again popped into the top 10 in Tuesday’s evening slalom.
"I got a result," Chodounsky said after finishing ninth on the bumpy course, which broke down due to warm temperatures. "And I’m happy!"
Ted Ligety (Park City), Michael Ankeny (Deephaven, Minnesota), Mark Engel (Truckee, California), Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, Colorado) and Tim Kelley (Starksboro, Vermont) did not qualify for the second run. Robby Kelley (Starksboro, Vermont) did not finish his first run.
Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen won his second-straight Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom to remain atop the overall slalom standings. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher — who was almost hit by an aerial drone providing overhead television shots on the second run — was second, and moved into the overall World Cup lead. Marco Schwarz, also of Austria, was third.
Chodounsky, wearing bib 20, tackled the steep 59-gate first run, finishing 14th. He was well on his way to another solid result in the second run when one mistake knocked him off balance.
"The (final) pitch was pretty bumpy," Chodounsky said. "The snow broke up again and it made it tough for me. I had to go through ruts both times. I just got off-balanced coming into the flats and it just killed my speed for the bottom.
"But I’m still happy," he added. "I moved up still, into ninth. I’ll take that!"
Up next, the men’s speed team travels to Santa Caterina, Italy, for downhill competition Dec. 27-29, while the tech team tackles another night slalom at Zagreb-Sljeme, Croatia, Jan. 6.
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