Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Jake Zamansky & Tommy Ford set for Winter Olympics giant slalom

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on February 22, 2010 3:36 pm

Tuesday could be a most historic day for Bode Miller.  The most decroated American alpine ski racer will attempt to become the first man to win four medals in alpine skiing at a single Winter Olympics.  On Sunday, Miller tied the record with his win in the super-combined.  Miller’s first success on the World Cup came in the technical events, but his last win in slalom or giant slalom came at Beaver Creek in 2005.  However, these 2010 Winter Olympics have been full of thaumaturgy for Bode Miller, and Bob Costas’ favorite wipping boy looks to continue his magical run.

Tuesday’s giant slalom will be a big one for Ted LigetyLigety already has a win in giant slalom this year in Slovenia, and two other second place finishes.  Currently Ligety is the World Cup giant slalom points leader.  Ted Shred is a wonder to behold in giant slalom, an incredible turner.  With the huge success of the American alpine team at these Winter Olympics, it would be a shame if Ligety were not able to join the fun. 

Jake Zamansky is the rebel man of the U.S. Ski Team (pictured left) whose tweets about NBC’s lack of ski racing coverage were removed from NBC’s Winter Olympics home page.  Zamansky has finished in the points three times this year, all in giant slalom.

The last starter for the Americans is Tommy Ford.  Ford just turned 21 and is a serious up-and-comer.  The Bend, Oregon native was twice named by Ski Racing Magazine as Junior of the Year.  At 5’11″ and 165 pounds, Ford still needs to fill out a bit, but his skills are for sure world class.  The U.S. Team continues to bring Ford along slowly and cautiously, entering him in a few World Cups this season  He twice finished in the points, both in giant slalom.  This will not be the first Winter Olympics for Tommy Ford, and he very well could be a future star in alpine ski racing.

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