Nolan Kasper notches first World Cup podium

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 6, 2011 8:38 am

Olympian Nolan Kasper from Warren Vermont produced the fastest second run of slalom to tie for second in Kranjska Gora and earn the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium of his young career. “To get a podium this early in my career is special. I talked to my dad right after the race and he said everyone was fired up back in Vermont. I have a lot of family in New Jersey too and they’re completely stoked.”

“I’ve had speed in training this year and I’ve been trying to put it down in races. We had flashes of it in sections. In Schladming, I was second on the second run which was sweet. My results have been getting better and I’m definitely getting more comfortable.”

“We’ve been doing a bunch of training on weird courses that you probably wouldn’t see and we knew that going into the race Kostelic and the Canadian Coach we’re setting. They have a really distinct style. They don’t really follow any form or pattern which keeps you on your toes. You have to know where to go and where to stay back and stay ahead of it because it drops down to eight meters. You have to stay ahead of it or you are going to lose everything.”

Kasper, seventh after the opening run, dominated the steep Podkoren slope to miss the top step by a mere .09 to Austrian Mario Matt while tying Sweden’s Axel Baeck. His podium capitalized on an extremely difficult day that saw slalom leaders Ivica Kostelic of Croatia and Jean-Baptiste Grange of France land among the 40 competitors to disqualify or fail to finish. The weekend capped with six poidiums for the U.S. Ski Team with Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) third in Saturday’s giant slalom and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) posting a collective four podium finishes in nearby Tarvisio, Italy.

The World Cup moves to Kvitfjell, Norway for two downhills and a super G prior to World Cup Finals.

Sasha Rearick
“The bottom was some of the most impressive skiing from any guy on the World Cup. He took some chances, put the pressure on in the right spots and went really fast. He’s been skiing well and putting down top 10s which is solid skiing. Here he took it to another gear. He had to have a good race to make it to World Cup Finals and he had a great race.”

OFFICIAL RESULTS

1. Mario Matt, Austria, 1:49.14
2. Nolan Kasper, 1:49.23
2. Axel Baeck, Sweden, 1:49.23
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Did not finish second run:
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT)
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Did not qualify first run
Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV)
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Did not finish first run:
Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA), Will Gregorak (Longmont, CO)

For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=AL&raceid=62327

Current Slalom Points Standings

1. Ivica Kostelic, Croatia – 478
2. Jean-Baptiste Grange, France – 442
3. Andre Myhrer, Sweden – 383

Complete World Cup standings: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/disciplines/alpineskiing/cupstandings.html

 


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