Jean-Baptiste Grange of France takes slalom gold in Garmisch

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 20, 2011 7:00 am

The final race of the 2011 Alpine World Championships was won by Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Grange.  Skiing the weather softened Gudiberg course, race officials had to put salt on the courses between racers to keep it firm, Grange lead after the first run and was able to keep his lead and beat Jens Byggmark of Sweden by 0.43 seconds. Manfred Moelgg of Italy took bronze, 0.61 seconds behind.

The top American was 15th place finisher, KASPER NolanLIGETY Ted  finished in 19th place.

U.S. Ski Team closes Worlds with three medals – Ligety (gold/GS), Vonn (silver/DH), Mancuso (silver/SG)
Nolan Kasper
“I’ve been skiing fast in training a lot of the year even though I’ve struggled early on with the races, I feel like I’ve always had speed. I’m psyched that now I’m putting two solid runs together and I definitely feel like I have some more speed.

“It’s been a lot of fun. We toasted Ted and it was an amazing race. He’s the best GS skier in the world right now. It will be great for him to finish out the season well and hopefully he wins another globe. It’s cool to see and it’s fun to be a part of.”

“It’s fun being here, traveling with the team and being with these guys. Especially the slalom guys, we’re all at the World Champs for the first time besides Ted and we all have a lot of speed – it’s fun to be coming up with this group.”

Ted Ligety
“This obviously wasn’t my best ever performance in slalom, but the GS was the big goal and to do that with so much pressure was pretty awesome.”

“It wasn’t the medal performance that everyone expects here, but I think it was still good. The young guys are hammering. I think Tommy Ford has a lot of potential and Nolan Kasper is showing every race that he has more and more speed, so he’s going to be strong for years to come.”

“Even though Will Brandenburg and Daver [David Chodounsky] didn’t have great days today, they definitely have some speed. It’s a good sign for the future. Medals aren’t always guaranteed, so it’s tough to judge team performance just based on that.”

Sasha Rearick – Head Coach

“These guys have put in a lot of effort and as a group they’re coming up. Will Brandenburg is one of the fastest guys in the world and is just having a hard time finding the finish. Kasper has been skiing amazing, but what he showed today was not his best skiing. This group has been hammering really hard for over a month now, so we’re going to take a good three day break before we go to Bansko.”

“Ted’s worked hard his entire career and he’s always been very professional. He deserves the success he had here. As a coach, it gets emotional when you see success but it’s time to move on. I’m not in this for the medals, I’m in this to get the guys to go faster. It’s all about hard work, that’s what I’ve always been about.”

“Garmisch put on a fantastic show. The volunteers and the course workers really had to work hard with these conditions and they did a fantastic job. It’s been an amazing two weeks here.”

The World Cup circuit returns to action for the ladies in Are Sweden on the 23rd and the men head to Bansko Bulgaria on the 26th. 

So concludes the racing part of this seasons ski racing at the World Championships.  Garmisch Partenkirchen is a beautiful city and if you haven’t been, you must check it out.  Mardi Gras , or fasching, is right around the corner and the quiet ski town turns into an active costume and event filled party. 

photo: marco trovati/ap