Ganong 7th in Birds of Prey training run |

Ganong 7th in Birds of Prey training run

U.S. Ski Team and Sun News Service report
Dominique Taylor / Sun News ServiceSquaw Valley skier Travis Ganong tucks through a turn on the Talon section of the Birds of Prey downhill course Wednesday on the second day of training for this week's World Cup races at Beaver Creek. Ganong was the fastest American, in seventh place.

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. and#8212; Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley produced another strong result Wednesday, finishing seventh in the second Audi Birds of Prey downhill training run before the race was canceled after 45 racers due to difficult visibility.

Austriaand#8217;s Michael Walchhofer, who won the seasonand#8217;s opening downhill in Lake Louise last weekend, led the run in 1:48.34.

and#8220;The course is in great shape,and#8221; said Ganong, who was 24th Tuesday. and#8220;Itand#8217;s a little slicker than it was the first day and#8212; you can really take at it. Itand#8217;s pretty fun. Itand#8217;s my first top-10 in a training run or anything, so I know I have the speed.and#8221;

Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller was 11th followed by Steven Nyman and Andrew Weibrecht in 12th and 13th.

and#8220;The snow is really smooth and itand#8217;s super turny,and#8221; said Miller, who kicked out after a near 45-minute hold. and#8220;There isnand#8217;t one point where you arenand#8217;t going from left to right. The visibility was surprisingly good when I ran, despite the hold.and#8221;

A third training run is scheduled for Thursday, with the downhill race slated for Friday.

Ganong, 22, was the nice surprise of the day, posting a time of 1:48.84 to place seventh. Ganong will be making only his eighth start on the World Cup, but is starting to create a little buzz.

and#8220;Yeah, I just skied within myself and just stuck to my game plan,and#8221; he said. and#8220;I had no idea it would be that fast.

and#8220;I tightened up my line on a couple of sections, gave a little more inspection to others. The big key is off the last jump here, Harrier, bringing it out deep and coming back. I think that works well.and#8221;

Ted Ligety, better known for his technical skills, was 32nd, while Marco Sullivan of Squaw Valley had a rough go of it in 40th.

Audi FIS Alpine World Cup

Beaver Creek, CO

December 1, 2010

Downhill Training

1. Michael Walchhofer, Austria, 1:48.34

1. Peter Fill, Italy, 1:48.34

3. Hans Grugger, Austria, 1:48.40

4. Erik Guay, Canada, 1:48.41

5. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 1:48.65

7. Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:48.84

11. Bode Miller, Franconia, NH, 1:48.97

12. Steven Nyman, Sundance, UT, 1:48.98

13. Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, NY, 1:49.09

32. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 1:50.39

40. Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:52.64

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