Inside scoop on U.S. Men’s slalom and upcoming events

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 25, 2011 4:47 pm

Men’s Slalom
Schladming, Austria – Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
Featured athletes:
Nolan Kasper, Ted Ligety, David Chodounsky

Top Storylines
• Nolan Kasper produces second fastest final run to finish 13th from bib 53
• Second conse
cutive World Cup top-15 for Kasper (12th in Kitzbuehel slalom)
• Ted Ligety 19th, David Chodounsky 22nd for third point scoring result in slalom this season
• Bode Miller did not start, opting to rest prior to the World Championships and will also miss the races this weekend in Chamonix, France
• Ligety will also skip the races in Chamonix and will instead focus on training

SCHLADMING, Austria (Jan. 25) – Olympian Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) produced the second fastest final run at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup night slalom in Schladming to finish 13th behind winner Jean-Baptiste Grange of France. Grange has now won the last two World Cup slalom events. Olympic champion Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) did not start the race opting to return to the U.S. for a planned break.

Audi FIS Alpine World Cup
Schladming, Austria – Jan. 25, 2011

1. Jean-Baptiste Grange, France, 1:46.54
2. Andre Myhrer, Sweden, 1:46.58
3. Mattias Hargin, Sweden, 1:47.14
13. Nolan Kasper, Warren, VT, 1:48.74
19. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 1:49.44
22. David Chodounsky, Crested Butte, CO, 1:49.82
Did not start 1st run: Bode Miller, Franconia, NH
Did not qualify 1st run: Tommy Ford, Bend, OR; Colby Granstrom, Lake Stevens, WA
Did not finish 1st run: Will Brandenburg, Spokane, WA

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Nolan Kasper
“The tactics are a lot different when you start second as opposed to 53 in the first run. I knew I could take advantage of a clean course and charge.”

“We find out the World Champs Team tomorrow. Hopefully I’m involved in that list and my skiing continues to be strong. From here I head to some Europa Cups and then to a World Cup GS and slalom before Worlds.”

On skiing in Schladming
“They weren’t sending guys during the smoke this year, which is kind of a bummer. It’s always loud and there are a lot of distractions. But it’s funny in that way, you can kind of gauge how you’re doing by the noise level and how excited the announcer is.”

On catching a football after finishing the race
“We were trying to think about a finish move and I remembered we had a football in the car. We decided if one of the three of us came down in the lead, we’d huck the football. I just broke left, dropped my poles and caught the ball luckily.

“If skiing doesn’t work out I’m going to be a wide receiver for sure. But I can’t play unless Will [Brandenburg] is my quarterback. We’re a package deal.”

Head Coach Sasha Rearick
“Nolan threw down two good runs, especially second run. He’s been there before second run and went full attack. That’s what you have to do in those situations.”

“We had awesome training in Reiteralm the last two days. They provided snowmobiles and perfect conditions.”

On Bode Miller
“Bode put in a fantastic effort over the past two weeks in Wengen and Kitzbuehel. He had planned to take Chamonix off. But we made an athletic management decision after Kitzbuehel for him to start that break earlier so he comes in fresh for the training camp prior to the Hinterstoder World Cup.”

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