Ganong posts career-best in Lake Louise super G
November 29, 2010
LAKE LOUISE, ALBERTA, Canada and#8212; Two-time World Cup overall champion Bode Miller led the U.S. in 12th place in the Lake Louise super G on Sunday while Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley posted a career-best 20th-place finish.
Tobias Gruenenfelder of Switzerland nabbed the victory for the first win of his career.
For Ganong, who captured both the U.S. downhill and super G title last season, it was all about pushing out the noise to find focus.
and#8220;Marco (Sullivan of Squaw Valley) radioed up saying it was in good shape and that was just perfect,and#8221; said Ganong, who climbed 26 spots in the race. and#8220;I changed my game plan to charge all the way, and it worked. In the start I was like, calm down, look at this view and let’s just have fun. That put me in a peaceful, content light. Maybe that’s the new thing.and#8221;
Ted Ligety continued to show improvement in speed events to finish 23rd.
and#8220;It is nice to finally get a race under my belt,and#8221; said Ligety, who was sitting second in the season opening giant slalom before the race was called due to fog. and#8220;I felt like I skied well but just didn’t have the speed. For the whole U.S. team in general, it’s been a lack of volume. Normally we get the bulk of our speed training in Chile and this year we didn’t have the opportunity and then we went to New Zealand and had bad weather.and#8221;
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With a consistent track and clear weather, Miller posted another solid finish, just over a half a second behind Gruenenfelder. Rounding out the podium was Switzerland’s Carlo Janka and Austria’s Romed Baumann in a race decided by a mere .07 seconds.
Following Sunday’s race the men will head to Beaver Creek, Colo., for the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup from Dec. 3-5. With weather reports pointing to snow throughout the week, organizers have bumped the first downhill training run to Tuesday in order to maximize training opportunities.