It was a close call for , 2010 Olympic bronze medalist in the super-G. He ended in 24th place at the end of the first of two Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races in Crans Montana, Switzerland, keeping the second to last spot in the all-important top 25 in the World Cup super-G standings.
The man leading the pack did not change. Croatian Ivica Kostelis did not start and Austrian Marcel Hirschr finished outside of the points.
It was a big change from the snow and fog that caused officials to reschedule this event after weather cause things to shut down in Kitzbuehel, Austria originally scheduled for early January. There blue skies and warm temperatures, making it nice for the crowd but caused the course to rut up early.
“The track grooved up but it didn’t actually hole up, so that was actually nice. It was tough to ski fast after it grooved up and as soon as you got out of the track, you were just in mashed potatoes and goo. If you got off line anywhere, that goo just caught you up,” said Head Coach Sasha Rearick.
Other Americans fared well, too. Ted Ligety placed 28th, and Tommy Biesemeyer earned the first World Cup points of his career with 30th.
“[Andrew] Weibrecht has been skiing really well in super G so for him to come down where he did today was tough. He lost a bunch of time on the top because he got off the track, but from there down he did OK. [Tommy] Biesemeyer scoring his first World Cup point was the highlight of the day. The conditions were not at all friendly and he skied well,” Rearick said.
Swiss Didier Cuche had an excellent race, winning him the 21st World Cup victory of his career. He will retire at the end of the season.
Bode Miller opted out of the race in effort to rest his sore left knee.