Tim Jitloff records top American result in World Cup giant slalom
HINTERSTODER, Austria — Truckee High grad Tim Jitloff is getting closer to dialing in the equipment issues he’s been struggling with the past few weeks. In Sunday’s World Cup giant slalom, he almost found the right combination, finishing as the top American in 23rd.
“The last two times I’ve been out, sadly, in the first run something has happened, and I’ve basically missed the cut because of it. For me emotionally, it’s been pretty stressful,” Jitloff said.
“Today, I knew I wanted to come out and put together a solid day. The first run was a step in the right direction for that, but in the second run … the difficulties of the last two weeks and the effort that’s gone into trying to get things right, I just felt very tired. It was an extremely long and turny course, and I just didn’t have the energy in that second run and unfortunately was quite slow.”
France’s Alexis Pinturault won his second straight giant slalom — he also won Friday’s GS in Hinterstoder — in commanding fashion by 1.14 seconds over Austria’s Marcel Hirscher. Norway’s Henrik Kristofferson was third.
Jitloff was the only American to qualify for a second run. Truckee’s Mark Engel, Brennan Rubie, Kieffer Christianson, Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Samuel Dupratt of Dixon, Calif., didn’t make the top-30 cut on their first run. Tommy Ford, who placed 29th in Friday’s GS, did not finish the first run.
Up next, the men’s tech team heads to Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, for two GS races, including one that was rescheduled from Garmisch, and a slalom March 4-6.
“I have two more races coming up … and I’m going to take a rest here for a few days before I go there,” said Jitloff, who is looking forward to finishing the season strong. “We’re going to try a few new things just to try and get the energy back into it and hopefully I can reel this back in before the end of the season.”