Young US Ski Team Olympian Nolan Kasper posted the best result of his World Cup career with a 10th place finish in the slalom in Bansko, Bulgaria. “It was sunny and the snow was a lot better than I thought it would be. I had a better start then I’ve had in the past because I was in the top 30 for today. It was a pretty easy hill so you really had to be gunning from the get-go. I just tried to make as little mistakes as possible and go fast.”
photo: winner Mario Matt – universal sports
“It would be awesome to make it to World Cup Finals. Right now I’m pretty close, but we have another race and you never know what’s going to happen.”
Kasper now ranks 23rd in slalom with top 25 earning a trip to World Cup Finals.
Austrian Mario Matt regained his form and won for the first time this season. Reinfried Herbst of Austria was second and with a third place finish, Jean-Baptiste Grange of France is gaining ground for the slalom title on World Cup and slalom leader, Ivica Kostelic, who did not finish the race.
Ted Ligety, the giant slalom World Champion and World Cup giant slalom leader was 17th. The next stop for the men’s tour is Kranjska Gora, Slovenia for slalom and giant slalom races. Mr. Ligety has won the GS there the last 3 years in a row.
1. Mario Matt, Austria, 1:50.35
2. Reinfried Herbst, Austria, 1:50.39
3. Jean-Baptiste Grange, France, 1:50.83
10. Nolan Kasper, Warren, VT, 1:51.73
17. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 1:52.37
Did not finish second run
David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO)
Did not qualify for second run
Colby Granstrom (Lake Stevens, WA), Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV)
Did not finish first run
Will Brandenburg, Spokane, WA