Controversy swirls as Deville wins Kitzbuehel slalom


Cristian Deville has bounced around the top of slalom finish orders all season. At Kitzbuehel, Jan. 22, the 31 year old finally hopped to the top step of the podium, with his first career Cup win. He got it in wet, miserable conditions while controversy swirled around the storied Ganslern slalom hill. He joins Piero Gros and Alberto Tomba as the only Italians to win the Kitzbuehel slalom.

Austrian Mario Matt posted the second fastest slalom time missing a perfect chance to repeat his first Cup win at Kitzbuehel 12 years ago through several errors on a ravaged course. Ivica Kostelic nearly flew off course,  then dragged a hand to stay upright before finishing third and cementing the combined win.

Overall tour leader Marcel Hirscher was the focal point of the controversy. Television analysis of earlier slaloms this season show, according Croatian coaches and others, that Hirscher got away with straddles in both the Zagreb and Adelboden slaloms. At Wengen he was DQ’d for a straddle he said he did not notice. At Kitzbuehel television replay was used extensively on the very first gate of the first run where it appeared he may, or may not, have straddled. He was given the benefit of the doubt only to straddle on the second run, again apparently without his knowledge.

Weather was a huge factor. A notice from the organizing committee prior to the race read: “Due to heavy precipitation and warm temperatures the superstructure at the finishing line has collapsed. A provisional replacement has been constructed for today’s Slalom.”

Those that braved the provisional stands were treated to some spectacular viewing as racer recoveries became common. The heavily watered course – at least four fire hoses were used – took on even more water as rain soaked the first run and large ruts formed in the softened snow.

Where those attacking were flailing, Deville stayed smooth and in control, riding the ruts and keeping his skis in contact with the pasty snow. The strategy paid off big time and he won by an enormous .78 of a second margin.

“The second run was incredibly good,” he beamed. “I took many risks, but made no mistakes.”

Matt said a mistake in the middle of the run cost him the win, but vowed to Austria reporters that he would “attack full” at the Tuesday night slalom at Schladming. “If you want to win, you must also risk failure.”

The North Americans were led by Brad Spence and Nolan Kasper in a tie for 14th.

“The snow was tough to work with,” said Kasper. “Guys skied hard. It was fun to watch and fun to be a part of.” 

Spence said, “There were a lot of tough gates and big holes. But I’ll take 14th, it’s the best result I’ve had this year and I think it’s something I can build on.”

Mike Janyk finished 18th and Jimmy Cochran had a fantastic day in
finishing 18th from the 41st start. Colby Granstrom got his first World
Cup points in 24th.

“It’s a classic. I wouldn’t want it any other way than to score here for my first time,” Granstrom said.

A huge start list of 94 was pared by 24 DNF’s and three DQ’s in the first run. Because the race was part of the only remaining traditional combined, skiers finishing beyond the top 30 with downhill times from Saturday, also started the second run.

The Combined

The combined, the only traditional combined remaining on the World Cups schedule, went to Kostelic by a wide margin over Beat Feuz (4.55 seconds). Silvan Zurbriggen was third, Adrien Theaux and Ted Ligety fifth.

It was the third straight season he has won the Hahnenkamm trophy.

Kostelic said he had been motivated by the straddle controversy. “Sport means something,” he told FISalpine.com. “It has basic values. … When these basic values are walked over, I, personally, don’t forget these. It’s a pretty unclean picture.”

Gepa photos

The SCOOP

by Hank McKee

Men’s World Cup Slalom, Kitzbuehel, Austria Jan. 22, 2012
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Deville, Volkl/Fischer/Marker
2 Matt, Blizzard/Tecnica/Marker
3 Kostelic, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
4 Missillier, Dynastar/Lange/Look
5 Byggmark, Voelkl/Tecnica/Marker
6 Myhrer, Nordica/Nordica/
7 Razzoli, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
8 Hoerl, Fischer/Lange/Tyrolia
9 Dopfer, Nordica/Nordica/
10 Raich, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

Men’s World Cup Combined, Kitzbuehel, Austria Jan. 22-23, 2012
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Kostelic, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
2 Feuz, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
3 Zurbriggen, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
4 Theaux, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
5 Ligety, Head/Head/Head
6 Baumann, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
7 Jansrud, Head/Head/Head
8 Innerhofer, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
9 Zrncic-Dim, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
10 Svindal, Head/Head/Head

Men’s World Cup Slalom and traditional Combined, Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jan. 22, 2012. … It is the final events of the 72nd Hahnenkamm. … It is the 21st and 22nd events of the men’s 45 race 2012 World Cup schedule. … the seventh of 11 slaloms and second of four combineds on the schedule. … It is the 145th World Cup event held – at least in part – at Kitzbuehel. … the 46th Cup slalom and 35th combined held – at least in part – at the site.

Slalom
It is the first career World Cup win for Cristian Deville and his third Cup podium all scored this season and all in slalom. … He was second at Beaver Creek Dec. 8 and third at Flachau Dec. 21. … He also led after one run at Adelboden.

It is the 34th career Cup podium placing for Mario Matt. … 32nd in slalom. … It is his sixth Cup podium at Kitzbuehel and the fourth time he has finished second in the Kitzbuehel slalom. … His first Cup win was at Kitzbuehel Jan. 23, 2000. … It is his first podium of the season though he was fourth at Adelboden and Wengen in slalom.

It is the 50th career Cup podium for Ivica Kostelic (before the combined win is added) and his seventh of the season. … It is his eighth career podium at Kitzbuehel and third in slalom. … He has not won the Kitzbuehel slalom but has won the super G and two combineds prior to this season.

North Americans: Brad Spence matches his fifth best career score. … It is the third time he has placed 14th or better in a slalom at Kitzbuehel. … It is his best result of the season, one better than his placing at Beaver Creek Dec. 7. … It is the seventh best career result for Nolan Kasper and his second best at Kitzbuehel having been 12th last season. … It is his third best result of the season after a fourth at Beaver Creek and ninth at Adelboden, all in slalom. … It is the 40th best career result for Mike Janyk. … and his worst of six scoring finishes at Kitzbuehel. … It is his third best of five scoring finishes this season. … It is the 17th best career Cup result for Jimmy Cochran. … and matches his career best at Kitzbuehel from 2007. … It is his second score of the season. … It is the first career Cup scoring result for Colby Granstrom.

Combined
It is the 23rd career World Cup win for Ivica Kostelic and seventh in combined. … It is the third straight season he was won the Hahnenkamm trophy. … He has won six of the last seven Cup combineds.

It is the ninth career World Cup podium placing for Beat Feuz and second in combined both coming this season. … He was also second at Wengen.

It is the 13th career World Cup podium for Silvan Zurbriggen and his eighth in combined. … It is his first podium of the season.

North Americans:
Ted Ligety is one placing off his career best Cup combined result. … It is the fourth time he has finished fifth in a Cup combined and the second time at Kitzbuehel, the previous in 2008.

Standings: Kostelic takes the lead of the World Cup overall standings 855-725 over Marcel Hirscher (DSQ 2nd). … Feuz is third with 665pts. … Ligety is fourth with 538pts and Miller (DNF 1st) sixth with 450. … Erik Guay (did not race) is top Canadian in 25th with 196pts. … Kostelic leads the slalom standings 545-370 over Deville. … Hirscher is third with 360pts. … Kasper is the top American in 16th with 108pts and Janyk top Canadian in 20th with 91pts. … Kostelic leads the combined standings 200-160 for Feuz. … Ligety is third with 85pts and Miller eighth with 60pts.

Place   Kitzbuehel (AUT)   Discipline   Slalom
Date   22.01.2012   Category   FIS World Cup
Race codex   0148   Gender   M
Valid for FIS Points   YES   TD Name   Leduc Jean-François (FRA)
       
  

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  1  291145 DEVILLE Cristian  1981  ITA   51.49  47.70  1:39.19  0.00
 2  6  50707 MATT Mario  1979  AUT   50.76  49.15  1:39.91  4.43
 3  3  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   50.77  49.20  1:39.97  4.80
 4  19  192506 MISSILLIER Steve  1984  FRA   52.12  48.02  1:40.14  5.84
 5  13  501101 BYGGMARK Jens  1985  SWE   51.99  48.64  1:40.63  8.86
 6  4  501017 MYHRER Andre  1983  SWE   52.16  48.94  1:41.10  11.75
 7  14  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano  1984  ITA   52.77  48.41  1:41.18  12.24
 8  49  50981 HOERL Wolfgang  1983  AUT   53.92  47.32  1:41.24  12.61
 9  20  202462 DOPFER Fritz  1987  GER   52.37  48.99  1:41.36  13.35
 10  16  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   52.55  48.87  1:41.42  13.71
 11  15  50624 PRANGER Manfred  1978  AUT   52.18  49.26  1:41.44  13.84
 12  23  290732 THALER Patrick  1978  ITA   52.56  49.18  1:41.74  15.68
 13  24  50605 HERBST Reinfried  1978  AUT   53.48  48.46  1:41.94  16.91
 14  28  102912 SPENCE Brad  1984  CAN   53.97  48.16  1:42.13  18.08
 14  22  532138 KASPER Nolan  1989  USA   53.63  48.50  1:42.13  18.08
 16  11  501111 HARGIN Mattias  1985  SWE   53.06  49.14  1:42.20  18.51
 17  54  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA   54.52  47.81  1:42.33  19.31
 18  21  102435 JANYK Michael  1982  CAN   54.04  48.39  1:42.43  19.93
 19  41  534040 COCHRAN Jimmy  1981  USA   53.72  48.76  1:42.48  20.23
 20  29  301709 YUASA Naoki  1983  JPN   53.72  49.10  1:42.82  22.32
 21  44  150644 KRYZL Krystof  1986  CZE   54.63  48.21  1:42.84  22.45
 22  47  193347 TISSOT Maxime  1986  FRA   54.23  48.86  1:43.09  23.98
 23  51  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander  1984  RUS   54.70  48.47  1:43.17  24.48
 24  42  930105 GRANSTROM Colby  1990  USA   54.55  49.12  1:43.67  27.55
Disqualified 2nd run
   5  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel  1989  AUT         
Disqualified 1st run
   93  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA         
   66  51395 DIGRUBER Marc  1988  AUT         
   25  500656 LARSSON Markus  1979  SWE         
Did not start 2nd run
   87  990081 CASSE Mattia  1990  ITA         
Did not start 1st run
   57  930107 GREGORAK Will  1990  USA         
   52  421849 JOHANSEN Truls  1989  NOR         
Did not qualify 1st run
   94  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT         
   92  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA         
   91  750089 DEHARI Dardan  1990  MKD         
   90  230189 BONOU Nikos  1986  GRE         
   87  990081 CASSE Mattia  1990  ITA         
   86  92534 CHONGAROV Nikola  1989  BUL         
   84  191778 PICHOT Sebastien  1981  FRA         
   83  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier  1980  ARG         
   82  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN         
   80  103646 ZAITSOFF Sasha  1990  CAN         
   78  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO         
   75  531799 FORD Tommy  1989  USA         
   74  511574 TUMLER Marco  1988  SUI         
   71  194212 THOULE Nicolas  1990  FRA         
   65  934502 ANKENY Michael  1991  USA         
   63  102922 WHITE Trevor  1984  CAN         
   61  560425 VAJDIC Bernard  1980  SLO         
   59  201891 SCHMID Philipp  1986  GER         
   56  193967 MUFFAT JEANDET Victor  1989  FRA         
   53  510997 BERTHOD Marc  1983  SUI         
   50  102727 STUTZ Paul  1983  CAN         
   46  50824 DREIER Christoph  1981  AUT         
   45  50547 SCHOENFELDER Rainer  1977  AUT         
   43  193334 RIVAS Gabriel  1986  FRA         
   39  511908 SCHMIDIGER Reto  1992  SUI         
   38  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT         
   37  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA         
   36  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT         
   35  511383 FEUZ Beat  1987  SUI         
   34  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR         
   33  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA         
   31  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR         
   18  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI         
   17  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA         
   7  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix  1984  GER         
Did not finish 2nd run
   26  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA         
   12  292491 MOELGG Manfred  1982  ITA         
   10  293797 GROSS Stefano  1986  ITA         
   9  560355 VALENCIC Mitja  1978  SLO         
   8  501223 BAECK Axel  1987  SWE         
Did not finish 1st run
   89  511529 GISIN Marc  1988  SUI         
   88  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA         
   85  320293 KYUNG Sung-Hyun  1990  KOR         
   81  511996 YULE Daniel  1993  SUI         
   79  150495 VRABLIK Martin  1982  CZE         
   77  201896 STEHLE Dominik  1986  GER         
   76  700830 ZAMPA Adam  1990  SVK         
   73  220689 RYDING David  1986  GBR         
   72  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor  1985  CRO         
   70  501116 LAHDENPERAE Anton  1985  SWE         
   69  501557 PIETILAE HOLMNER Johan  1991  SWE         
   68  320266 JUNG Dong-Hyun  1988  KOR         
   67  301312 SASAKI Akira  1981  JPN         
   64  50931 BECHTER Patrick  1982  AUT         
   62  561148 SKUBE Matic  1988  SLO         
   60  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian  1987  NOR         
   58  102456 BIGGS Patrick  1982  CAN         
   55  150594 TREJBAL Filip  1985  CZE         
   48  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan  1989  NOR         
   40  530165 BRANDENBURG Will  1987  USA         
   32  532431 MILLER Bode  1977  USA         
   30  421400 MYHRE Lars Elton  1984  NOR         
   27  511174 VOGEL Markus  1984  SUI         
   2  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste  1984  FRA       

Place   Kitzbuehel (AUT)   Discipline   Combined
Date   22.01.2012   Category   FIS World Cup
Race codex   0149   Gender   M
Valid for FIS Points   YES   TD Name   Leduc Jean-François (FRA)
       
  

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1    380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   2:55.27  
 2    511383 FEUZ Beat  1987  SUI   2:59.82  
 3    510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   3:00.07  
 4    192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   3:00.36  
 5    534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   3:00.73  
 6    51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   3:00.75  
 7    421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   3:02.36  
 8    293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   3:02.80  
 9    380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO   3:04.25  
 10    421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   3:04.72  
 11    291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   3:04.89  
 12    180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN   3:05.94  
 13    191778 PICHOT Sebastien  1981  FRA   3:07.14  
 14    51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   3:08.17  
 15    92534 CHONGAROV Nikola  1989  BUL   3:08.54  
 16    50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   3:10.44  
Disqualified 1st run
     292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA     
Did not start 2nd run
     990081 CASSE Mattia  1990  ITA     
Did not start 1st run
     294277 KLOTZ Siegmar  1987  ITA     
Did not finish 1st run
     511529 GISIN Marc  1988  SUI     
     532431 MILLER Bode  1977  USA     
     293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   

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