Austrians reign at Schladming World Cup slalom

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 26, 2010 12:28 pm

The Austrians seem to be back on top as 31 year-old Reinfried Herbst won the classic Schladming World Cup slalom in Austria Tuesday night, with a time of 1:45.91. The Austrian Times estimated that 50,000 fans were on hand to cheer their countrymen, and clearly, they had lots to cheer about. It was the second time Herbst has won the race in as many seasons, and the fifth Austrian win in the last six seasons. Switzerland’s Silvan Zurbriggen was second in 1:46.47 and Herbst’s teammate Manfred Pranger finished third, with a time of 1:46.73.

“I already had the deja vu on Sunday,” said Herbst, referring to his showing at Kitzbuehel. “I have often lost ground in the second run. Now I have reversed matters. That is a good sign for the future.”

On the American front, things looked up after the first run. Four U.S. Ski Team athletes made the cut, including Jimmy Cochran, Nolan Kasper, Ted Ligety and Bode Miller. Unfortunately in the second run, Miller missed a gate and had to hike back up to make it. Although he finished 26th, he finished too far off the winning time to earn World Cup points. Ligety then led the American men, placing 19th. In sum, the Yanks will likely want to move on from today’s tepid results.

Perhaps most surprising were Naoki Yuasa and Akira Sasaki from Japan who placed eighth and ninth respectively–nabbing career-best results.

The men’s World Cup continues on Friday in Krajnska Gora, Slovenia, with two giant slaloms and a slalom before the men head to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Games.