2010 Olympics Watch: Ganong gets third World Cup start
WENGEN, Switzerland and#8212; Andrew Weibrecht continued to establish himself as a consistent force in World Cup speed events as he took 13th place in Saturday’s downhill at Wengen, Switzerland, while Squaw Valley skiers Marco Sullivan and Travis Ganong finished 36th and 43rd, respectively.
Sullivan struggled near the start when his tails slid out, causing him to lose speed before the flats. Ganong’s World Cup start was the third of his career.
With the eyes of Switzerland watching the 80th running of the famed, 2.7-mile Lauberhorn and#8212; the oldest and longest World Cup downhill and#8212; Weibrecht didn’t look like a man making his third season in Wengen.
and#8220;Today was a good day for Andrew Weibrecht,and#8221; said U.S. men’s head coach Sasha Rearick. and#8220;He executed from top to bottom his gameplan. … He skied fantastic through the difficult sections of the course. The third time he’s here, to do that kind of race on this hill is impressive.and#8221;
Bode Miller was a tactical error away from putting down another podium run after he won Friday’s super combined, while Switzerland’s Carlo Janka won the race after finishing runner-up to Miller the day before.
Miller had the fastest time of the first 12 racers at the fifth and final interval, but an aggressive line through the super G turns forced him low, and he tried to take an aggressively straight line through the final turns to compensate and missed a gate just before the finish.
and#8220;I hit my elbow on the ground,and#8221; said Miller, who won back-to-back downhills at Wengen in 2007 and 2008 and became the first American to win the super combined there since Buddy Werner in 1958. and#8220;I just hit one bump. I couldn’t really see that great. It kind of got overcast today and it was tough light, and once I made that mistake, I came out of the turn with no speed at all.and#8221;
American Steven Nyman finished 21st and Erik Fisher 28th.
Next up for the speedsters is the similarly prestigious Hahnenkamm races in Kitzbuehel, Austria, next weekend.
2010 AUDI FIS WORLD CUP
Wengen, Switzerland – Jan. 16, 2010
1. Carlo Janka, Switzerland, 2:32.23
2. Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Canada, 2:32.89
3. Marco Buechel, Liechtenstein, 2:33.05
4. Werner Heel, Italy, 2:33.06
T-5. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, and Andrej Jerman, Slovenia, 2:33.09
13. Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, NY, 2:34.09
21. Steven Nyman, Sundance, UT, 2:35.10
28. Erik Fisher, Middleton, ID, 2:35.66
36. Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, CA, 2:37.28
41. Scott Macartney, Crystal Mountain, WA, 2:37.82
43. Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, CA, 2:38.46
DNF – Bode Miller, Franconia, NH