Marco Sullivan leads U.S. men in Norway
KVITFJELL, Norway ” Truckee’s Marco Sullivan led the way for the United States on Friday, finishing 14th in a World Cup downhill in Norway.
Canada’s Manuel Osborne-Paradis won, marking the first World Cup win of his career.
“Marco skied really well up top,” said U.S. Men’s Alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick. “He skied hard today and skied the sections well, but he made one mistake; ended up wide on the turn and lost a lot of speed.”
Austria’s Michael Walchhofer finished second in the downhill, followed by Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway in third.
Sullivan was followed by Steven Nyman of Provo, Utah, who finished 27th. According to Rearick, the men, who have been resting since World Championships, have a little work to do to reach their potential.
“The guys haven’t raced in a while because of their break after World Championships,” Rearick said. “Yesterday was our first training run in a while and they skied it with not 100 percent intensity. They came out and gave the effort today, but they made some mistakes in parts of the course. We can ski better than we did today. We did not get the job done.”
The men will remain in Kvitfjell for one more downhill and a super G before heading to Are, Sweden, for World Cup finals.
“The guys have a lot of energy, they’re rested, they are fresh but they’re not quite firing on all cylinders in terms of competing well,” Rearick said. “This was a wake up call and it will bring focus and attention to the rest of the weekend.”
1. Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Canada, 1:47.09
2. Michael Walchhofer, Austria, 1:47.40
3. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 1:47.46
4. Andrej Jerman, Slovenia, 1:47.57
5. Robbie Dixon, Canada, 1:47.60
14. Marco Sullivan, Squaw Valley, Calif., 1:48.02
27. Steven Nyman, Provo, Utah, 1:49.00
44. Andrew Weibrecht, Lake Placid, N.Y., 1:50.00