No podium for US Men in Super G at World championships

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 9, 2011 6:43 am

On a firm and icy but scratchable Super G course in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Christof Innerhofer took the gold becoming the second ever Italian male to record a Super G championship.  Austrian Hannes Reichelt took second and a silver medal while Ivica Kostelic continued his incredible season with a bronze medal.

Bode Miller looked great started from the 11th spot but a gate knocked his pole from his hand.  He still was in the race until the bottom of the course where a second mistake put him off the podium and he stood up across the finish line.

U.S. youngster Tommy Ford finished in 14th and Travis Ganong finished 18th.  Ted Ligety ‘s efforts resulted in a DNF.

Bode Miller
“I wasn’t out of the race when I hooked my arm. It was a matter of making it to the finish without a big mistake and I probably couldn’t have avoided that mistake with a pole. You saw Aksel blow out right there too and Aksel is one of the best in the world. It’s not the way I wanted to start it, but the speed is good. It’s encouraging to see that I have the right tactics. I just need to hang on to all my equipment until I get to the finish.”

“It was challenging, but I think this course is exactly what it should be. I mean this is the World Championships. If it was really smooth and soft, then it’s really basic and I don’t think it’s a great race in that case.”
“It was bumpy enough and fast enough that it was challenging. You see a lot of guys making mistakes, but then you see a guy like Innerhofer ski that way and he deserves to win it. He was one of the only guys that was really pushing and taking some risk. I was impressed with the way he skied.”

“It was rattly and tough. Running number two was hard because you don’t know the exact tactics on where to back off and where you have to attack. I tried to attack the whole way and obviously that wasn’t the correct tactic.”

Tommy Ford
“I was 11th in the Hinterstoder World Cup before coming here and now 14th today. These last two super G’s are my only results in this event so it’s been pretty good few weeks.”
“On this course you have to be a well balanced and technical skier, but you also need to have your basics down and then know when to let it go – there’s a lot of tactics involved.”

“Anyone who’s willing to throw down and risk it all is going to be successful on this course. We’re all talented enough to be fast, it’s just a matter of who’s willing to risk it for the podium. I wish I’d have gone after it a little more, but this is my first World Championships start. It feels good to know I still have the downhill to look forward to.”

Sasha Rearick – Head Coach
“Bode definitely came out with guns blazing today. It was not a tactical mistake, it was just a little bit unlucky. He skied the right approach to that section and getting his hand caught there was unfortunate, but that’s the way it goes.”
“Tommy did a great job, I’m proud of him. He skied the top flat really well, which was one of the reasons we were thinking about not racing him. But then he skied solid through the technical sections and down to the finish. We’re seeing Tommy starting to emerge in super G and it’s also good to have him on this hill for the GS.”
“Downhill training tomorrow is going to be interesting. It’s going to be fast and bumpy – it’s not super complicated, but you have to ski with guts and you have to ski with heart. That’s what it’s going to take to win.”