Travis Ganong fifth in downhill |

Travis Ganong fifth in downhill


USSA News Bureau

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 9) Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, Calif.) charged to fifth on the steep and fast course of the 2014 Sochi downhill on Sunday, pulling out the best finish of his career during his first-ever Olympic appearance.

Ganong skied into the lead but was then bumped by Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud, who took bronze behind gold winner Matthias Mayer of Austria and silver medalist Christof Innerhofer of Italy.

"My run was awesome," Ganong said. "I did basically what I wanted to do. I pushed hard. I pushed huge off the jumps and had a smile on my face when I finished."

Pre-race favorite Bode Miller (Franconia, N.H.) skied a fast and tight line but plowed through a panel and lost time, finishing eighth.

Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah) was 27th and Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley) 30th. It was the final Olympic start for Sullivan, who will not race through 2018.

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