Reinfret Herbst wins Alta Badia World Cup slalom, U.S. Ski Team’s Jimmy Cochran ninth

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 21, 2009 8:21 am

After being pushed off their pedestal by the Swiss National Ski Team, the Austrians have been making a comeback of sorts. Today Reinfret Herbst captured the slalom at the Audi FIS World Cup in Alta Badia, Italy. (Herbst also won the opening slalom in Levi, Finland last month, so clearly he’s a favorite.) Swiss skier Silvan Zurbriggen nabbed the silver medal while Herbst’s teammate, Manfred Pranger took the bronze. 

“A second World Cup win is wonderful. It has been a good display by Austria,” Herbst told reporters after his second run. His win is actually Austria’s first on the Gran Risa course since Christian Mayer won the GS in 1997.

The U.S. Ski Team’s Jimmy Cochran also made a little history for himself as he finished ninth–notching the fifth top-ten placing of his World Cup career. The New Hampshire native has long been known as a dynamo, and it’s just been a matter of time for him to do what he does best. Cochran also tunes his own skis–which is something not many athletes do, but one could argue that he is well in touch with his equipment and was prepared for the icy conditions.

“I felt really comfortable today, and confident. Top ten is awesome for me and I’ll take it,” Cochran said. “This course suited me. It’s a lot tighter and a lot more rhythmic and I think I just capitalized on it.”

Cochran’s teammate Ted Ligety had a tough time with the course, and didn’t qualify for the second run. Fellow top American Bode Miller sat out the race, to rest his ankle.

The men have a short break for Christmas before World Cup racing continues in Bormio, Italy.