Bode Miller arm-hooks gate panel & skis out, Ted Ligety sits in 8th after first run of Winter Olympics giant slalom

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on February 23, 2010 10:26 am

After the first run of the giant slalom, Switzerland’s Carlo Janka sits in first.  But, as has been the case with these Winter Olympics, the leader board is crowded together, with just 0.02 seconds separating Janka from Romed Baumann of Austria.  Aksel Lund Svindal, the Norwegian superstar with a gold and silver already at these Winter Olympics, sits in third, just 0.16 seconds back.

Bode was blazing fast up top, but then it all went wrong.  He scrubbed a ton of speed in Coaches Corner, arm-hooked a gate at the top of the last face, and skied out.  Starting from the 31st position, Bode had to battle bad course conditions mixed with flat light.  Having not won a giant slalom since 2005, Bode had to go for broke, and the course conditions won out.

Jake Zamansky was hanging on for dear life on the bottom half of the course.  He was constantly late around the gates at the bottom, but kept his skis running.  Admirable, but no doubt a frustrating effort for Zamansky who finished outside the top 30, ending his Winter Olympics.

Tommy Ford showed why many think he’ll be America’s next great ski racer.  Ford, dripping wet at 165 pounds, skied a beautiful, fast, attacking line.  The 21-year-old earns a well-deserved second run, and sits in 26th position.  Once Ford puts some meat on his bones, he could start landing on World Cup podiums.  His skiing is that good.

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