World Championship notes with Doug Haney: Giant Slalom

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 18, 2011 10:22 am

Doug Haney is the Alpine Press officer for the US Ski and Snowboard Association and we are lucky enough to receive his insights and notes on the World Cup circuit to share with you throughout the season.  Thanks, Doug!

– Ted made a stop in Munich before showing up in Garmisch. The European version of SIA was kicking and he wanted to spend some time at the Shred booth. He picked up a new helmet.

 Go figure, the guy with one of the most progressive styles of skiing is also pretty ahead of things with his product design too. The new dome has his sponsor Putnam Investments floating in a cloud. Ted has a diverse portfolio.

 Today is the single main event of the season for Shred. Here are the notes:

 

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany – men’s giant slalom

-       Apparently GAP forgot to evict the fog from the Kandahar hotel. It’s parked in the penthouse and forced a lower start by eight gates. With fewer turns, you’ve got to be on it quicker. It was evident before today that this would be a race of hundredths, but that just became fact.

 

-       About 30 seconds into this gig, the course pitches skiers left over a steep break over and the guys get light, then have to stand on that right boot across 15 meters of West Virginia washboard before diving left and sending it into the next series. Four, maybe five guys were able to hold their speed through that section in the first run. Their names were Aksel, Philipp, Ivica, Ted and Didier. After one, they sit 1-5 with .38 seconds between them. Get ready for a battle.

 

-       Ted wore bib one today. Maze had it yesterday.

 

-       Bode was leading at the first interval and got a good report from Ted not to hit the brakes before the pitch. While Ted was probably right, Bode couldn’t hang on and did a five meter right hip slide before chucking over the break over. Just like that, he was out a second. Anyone else, probably would have been out of the race. He’ll start fourth in the second run.

 

-       T. Ford is a creative dude. He and the guys have been making some pretty sweet short films this season. Check themout:  http://onionsontop.tumblr.com/. He’s also ridiculously talented on the skiing end of things too, which is nice. He had a pair of career bests in Hinterstoder before coming to Garmisch, but here’s the kicker. He broke his right thumb racing in a Europa Cup on Feb. 11 in Mt. Pora, Italy. His hand is taped to the pole and hurting this morning. He missed the flip 30 by one. He’s mad. Maybe his green helmet will make him hulk out? Let’s watch the second run.

 

-       Warner “Team Awesome” Nickerson was in this one too and completely deserved to be. The guy fought his way into a coaches discretion spot at the opening GS in Soelden and turned it into World Cup points in Beaver Creek and Hinterstoder. He’s in the weeds after the first run, but he’s scrappy – and a really good sailor. Who’d of known? Check out his blog – http://warnernickerson.blogspot.com/

 

-       We’re going mega multi-media this morning. Check out audio from the boys after first run at http://tinyurl.com/49num9n (search by date). Also, our friends at Ski Racing shot a cool vid of Head Coach Sasha Rearick after the first run.Here’s that nugget: http://tinyurl.com/4eyppzy – where’d he get that hat?

Second run is locked and loaded for 7:30 a.m. ET with Universal Sports beaming the images to your home/office computer – you pick. The top 30 will flip and then they’ll run 31-60. Stay tuned, there will be a World GS Champion today. Maybe it will be Ted.

This is me, not doug’s comment – (and it was Ted.  Congrats to the American becoming the 6th  US skier to hold both Olympic and World Championship titles. Woohoo!!!)  for story click here

 

Onward,

Doug Haney

Alpine Press Officer

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

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