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Marco Sullivan 15th in Lake Louise super G

U.S. Ski Team and Sun Staff report

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta and#8212; Olympic Champion Ted Ligety led the U.S. Men’s Ski Team with an eighth-place finish in Sunday’s Audi FIS World Cup super G in Lake Louise, while Marco Sullivan of Squaw Valley finished 15th.

Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Canada won the race with a time of 1:32.93, and Benjamin Raich of Austria was runner-up in 1:33.17.

and#8220;I had a big mistake and was 1.1 out in the first 30 seconds and only finished the race 1.27 out,and#8221; said Sullivan, who posted a time of 1:34.20. and#8220;At least I know that I am skiing well and hopefully I can eliminate those mistakes and be in there in the next couple weeks. It was a pretty good day for our team.and#8221;

Travis Ganong, also of Squaw Valley, did not finish in his second career World Cup start. Ganong, 21, earned his first World Cup start the day before in the downhill, which he also did not finish. In the final downhill training on Friday, Ganong finished 13th after starting 79th, trailing only Bode Miller among the U.S. contingent.

Americans Andrew Weibrecht and Erik Fisher finished 12th (1:34.04) and 23rd (1:34.75), respectively. Ligety, who notched his third career top-10 result in a speed event, finished in 1:33.87.

and#8220;It’s nice to come down like that,and#8221; Ligety said. and#8220;I’m pretty psyched about it especially since I’ve been so slow in the downhill training runs here, and even the training in Copper. So to get eighth is a surprise.and#8221;

While his primary focus has been primarily with technical events, Ligety said he was able to put more emphasis on the super G because of its similarities to GS as well as its minimal time constraints.

and#8220;The last few years I have been working hard on the speed aspects, but I’ve been trying hard not to let it affect my GS and slalom so much,and#8221; Ligety said. and#8220;So, super G is good because it only takes one day to do, but downhill is tough because it’s four days, so I can’t focus on it that much.and#8221;

Next up for the U.S. men is the Audi Birds of Prey Race Week at Beaver Creek.

Birds of Prey opens with super combined on Friday, Dec. 4 followed by the famed downhill on Saturday before wrapping with Ligety’s bread and butter, the GS on Sunday.

and#8220;I’m going to be doing the combined and the GS up there and the GS has always been a great hill for me. I’ve been within a tenth or so of winning and it would be nice if I could get on the other side of that tenth,and#8221; Ligety said. and#8220;It’s also our only home race so it’s nice to be racing in the U.S.and#8221;

OFFICIAL RESULTS and#8212; 2010 AUDI FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP

Lake Louise and#8212; Men’s Super G, Nov. 29

1. Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Canada, 1:32.93

2. Benjamin Raich, Austria, 1:33.17

3. Michael Walchhofer, Austria, 1:33.55

4. Erik Guay, Canada, 1:33.68

5. Robbie Dixon, Canada, 1:33.72

and#8212;

8. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 1:33.87

12. Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, NY, 1:34.04

15. Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:34.20

23. Erik Fisher, Middleton, ID, 1:34.75

39. Bode Miller, Franconia, NH, 1:35.57

42. Jeremy Transue, Hunter, NY, 1:35.87

DNF: Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, CA; Steven Nyman, Sundance, UT; Scott Macartney, Crystal Mountain, WA

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta and#8212; The U.S. Ski Team’s Andrew Weibrecht charged from the 62nd start position through heavy snow on the tricky Lake Louise downhill course to finish 12th in Saturday’s World Cup race.

Switzerland’s Didier Cuche won with a time of 1:50.31 to mark his 11th World Cup victory. Squaw Valley’s Marco Sullivan was the fourth American finisher and 53rd overall in 1:53.31.

and#8220;I had a good run,and#8221; Weibrecht said. and#8220;I just hammered, skied clean, hit all the spots in the line and maybe got some good light before I went. I’ve never had a whole lot of success at Lake Louise. It’s not a track I like all that much, so it was great to get a good one in out here.and#8221;

It was the first downhill of the Audi FIS World Cup season. Rounding out the podium was Italy’s Werner Heel, who finished second, and Carlo Janka of Switzerland in third.

Men’s Alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick was impressed for Weibrecht to have skied from the back of the pack to 12th.

and#8220;Andrew skied fantastically. He was very aggressive from top to bottom. He had a bobble on the bottom flats, but besides that it was great skiing from the back,and#8221; Rearick said. and#8220;With a start number like that it wasn’t easy and he did and amazing job.and#8221;

The day of racing, however, was marred for much of the Team as TJ Lanning of Park City, Utah, was injured when he crashed.

According to U.S. Ski Team Medical Director Richard Quincy, Lanning suffered an injury to his left knee. He was evacuated by helicopter from on-course to a clinic at the base of the mountain for preliminary observation and was transported to a hospital in Banff for further evaluation.

and#8220;What happened to TJ is a bummer. He’s one of my really good buddies, so it definitely put a shadow over everything,and#8221; Weibrecht said.

and#8220;The rest of the guys all ran right after TJ so it was really tough to put that out of their mind. It was a very long course hold and that was hard,and#8221; Rearick added.

Following Weibrecht for the U.S. was Bode Miller in 29th and Jeremy Transue in 50th.

According to Rearick, to start after Lanning and finish so well was also exceptional.

and#8220;I am especially impressed that he was able to put TJ’s injury out of his head when it came time to race,and#8221; Rearick said. and#8220;I am very impressed with that performance.and#8221;

OFFICIAL RESULTS and#8212; 2010 AUDI FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP

Lake Louise and#8212; Men’s Downhill Nov. 28

1. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 1:50.31

2. Werner Heel, Italy, 1:50.75

3. Carlo Janka, Switzerland, 1:50.93

4. Michael Walchhofer, Austria, 1:50.98

5. Ambrosi Hoffmann, Switzerland, 1:51.07

12. Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, NY, 1:51.41

29. Bode Miller, Franconia, NH, 1:52.42

50. Jeremy Transue, Hunter, NY, 1:53.16

53. Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, CA, 1:53.31

60. Erik Fisher, Middleton, ID, 1:53.70

64. Steven Nyman, Sundance, UT, 1:54.38

71. Scott Macartney, Crystal Mountain, WA, 1:58.34

DNF: TJ Lanning, Park City, UT; Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, CA