Tommy ford wins 4th straight U.S. giant slalom title

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 31, 2011 4:00 pm

Tommy Ford captured his fourth straight U.S. title with a giant slalom victory to open the Putnam Investments U.S. Alpine Championships Thursday in Winter Park. Ford swept the giant slalom, slalom and super combined titles at the 2010 U.S. Championships. “I knew it was going to be little rough coming into it so I just tried to remember the old days and put it into the rut as early as I can and stay as fluid as possible. It’s hard to have a clean run in those conditions, but I did well with it.” said Ford.

“Ted’s [Ligety] been skiing well all year and I’ve been struggling a little bit. It’s just nice to end on that note but the conditions were a little different than what were used to racing on, but he is still a good skier.”

“It’s very inspirational. Growing up when I was super young I was watching him move up through and be strong and start winning. It’s inspiring to see that.”

Tim Jitloff was second followed by 2011 World Champion and World Cup giant slalom title winner Ted Ligety  in extremely soft snow conditions.  Ligety added, “Tommy’s a tough skier so there’s no surprise that he won.”

“Nationals are fun. It’s cool for the young guys to be able to race against guys like myself and Julia. I definitely enjoyed that when I was younger – being able to ski against guys like Bode [Miller] and Daron [Rahlves].”

“It was fun. I took a bunch of the Park City Ski Club kids through course inspection. Those guys we’re excited to take a look at a course – I guess that was the highlight of the day really.”

Top junior honors went to Ryan Cochran-Siegle, who’s uncle Bobby Cochran will be inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame on Saturday.  “I think nationals are one of the coolest things out there. The past couple years it has been my goal to get here so getting here has been awesome.”

“I love that everyone, boys and girls, Ted [Ligety], Julia [Mancuso], Tommy Ford and Nolan [Kasper], are all here, I think it’s a great event to end the season well. It helps me see the next step as a skier.”

“The past few days it’s been snowing a lot so I thought it was going to be quite a bit softer.  It was a little soft but conditions ran pretty well. I started a little further back second run and you could do whatever you want and it was pretty crushable.”

The Putnam Alpine Nationals continue Friday with the Women’s Giant Slalom. 9:30 a.m. MT first run
12:30 a.m. MT second run

1. Tommy Ford, Bend, OR, 2:22.24
2. Tim Jitloff, Reno, NV, 2:22.33
3. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 2:22.54
1. Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Starksboro, VT, 2:25.03
2. Brennan Rubie, Salt Lake City, UT, 2:25.13
3. Jared Goldberg, Halladay, UT, 2:25.56
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