Crowded SG podium in Beaver Creek, Ligety just misses in 5th


SKI ALPIN - FIS WC Beaver Creek, Super G, Herren

The men’s SG podium in Beaver Creek (GEPA/Christian Walgram)

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — Video of the Beaver Creek men’s super G Saturday (Dec. 7) could sell any prospective fan on ski racing. The race had it all. It was an epic battle, a display of many levels of skill showing a series of stunning attacks down a well set course that was tough enough to claim 21 skiers, including the defending race champion, several top seeded athletes and 55 percent of the U.S. entries.

Still, the top 11 were all within a second and the race remained competitive from the first racer through the 45th, Otmar Striedinger, the second fastest racer on the day. Winning was the Swiss Patrick Kueng – something that seemed laughable after last season when Switzerland could barely get close enough to the World Cup podium to even see it.

“Last season was very difficult for the whole team,” said Kueng. “I come back from an injury and at the end of season we changed some trainers. I did a lot of skiing in the spring.  The (whole Swiss) group is fast in training and we are on the right way. … I have a really good setup now, I think the best service man.”

Ted Ligety, having proved he can ski super G with a gold medal at last season’s World Championships, collected fifth, finishing a mere tenth of a second behind Hannes Reichelt and Peter Fill, the deadlocked race leaders for much of the afternoon who ultimately tied for third. Ligety raced on the same skis he used to claim the world championship title in Schladming, but they didn’t deliver the same result.

That the day would be special was evident early. Bode Miller, the second starter, was exquisite on the highly technical upper portion of the track, serving as a model for the remainder of the field to follow, but he lost sight of a red gate he said blended with the backdrop of the fencing, hesitated and that scant moment left plenty of room to be overtaken. Not that overtaking him was easy. Fifth starting Fill, brimmed with confidence by a third place finish down the same slope in the downhill, found enough speed despite errors high on course, to take over the lead. Fill’s time held through the next 11 starters, and even then he was not beaten as Reichelt’s near perfection was only good enough to tie for the lead.

Ligety came two starters after Reichelt and held the lead in the early portion. One hiccup, sliding lower across a traverse, cost the World Champion, though he was just a tenth off.

Aksel Lund Svindal, the defending title holder in super G and the winner of the four consecutive previous super G races gave chase next and, as expected, gave spectators plenty of reason to cheer, but a mid course error cost the Viking dearly. He would finish seventh, his worst SG finish since March of 2012.

The next stunner was Kueng, skiing when others were already being interviewed by the press in the finish. He arced a gorgeous run from the 28th start to knock the tie down to second and Ligety off the podium.

But the most amazing result of the day, the remarkable attack from the back came from the 45th start from 22-year-old Otmar Striedinger to get second. It was his fourth career scoring finish.

“When I was a young boy my dream was to become a professional skier,” Striedinger said.  He acknowledged the result would put some pressure on the older members of the Austrian ski team, noting that was “not my problem,” and explained, “When I hear that Patrick is in the lead with bib 28 I think, and our trainers tell us how good the snow is. I know I have to risk everything and that the snow is fast. It is amazing. I didn’t believe it.”

Jan Hudec, the top Canadian in 13th, nearly missed his run when a piece from his googles broke during the warm-up. He was able to borrow a pair of goggles from a Slovakian coach, but he still had to run back to his hotel room for a colored lens.

“That’s a typical day for me, a total gong show. I wasn’t upset so much as I was pissed that I was sweating in the start,” said Hudec through chuckles. “On one hand, I made some pretty sweet recoveries. On the other hand I was halfway to Vail on some of those, so it turned out even in the end.”

Hudec decided to risk a bit more on the course after watching the athletes with earlier start numbers.

“I knew Bode skied the top so well, and I watched his run from the tent, so that kind of inspired me to push the line. Then I watched him make that mistake down here and made a mental note of it, and I came through there and just got totally backseat squished and I was like, ‘Oh no, here we go,’ and pulled a Bode down here too,” added Hudec. “But it’s super G, you have to risk like crazy. You only have one inspection, and that’s what makes it exciting.”

Five of the nine U.S. entrants failed to finish, several with sprawling slides into the nets. Coach Sasha Rearick reported none sustained significant injury.

 

The Scoop 

Men’s World Cup super G, Beaver Creek, USA Dec. 7, 2013. … It is the sixth of 34 races on the men’s 2013-14 World Cup schedule. … The second of six scheduled super G’s. … It is the 16th World Cup super G to be held at Beaver Creek and the second of three men’s World Cup races at the site this season. Matteo Marsaglia is the defending champion. Only two men have won two World Cup Beaver Creek super G’s, Hermann Maier (’97 & ’99) and Hannes Reichelt (’05 & ’07).

It is the first career World Cup win for Patrick Kueng. … He had placed second in downhill at Bormio Dec. 29, 2011 and third at Garmisch March 10, 2010. … His previous best result at Beaver Creek had been fifth in donwhill yesterday.

It is the fifth career World Cup scoring result for Otmar Striedinger, his previous best result a 17th in SG at Lake Louise Dec. 1.

It is the 25th career World Cup podium for Hannes Reichelt and second in two days. … It is the 11th career World Cup podium for Peter Fill and his second in two days.

It is the fourth best SG result for Ted Ligety bettered only by a second place result at Val d’Isere Dec. 12, 2009. … and a pair of fourth place results from the beginning of last season. … Jan Hudec matches his 13th best SG result. … It is his fourth best finish at Beaver Creek. … Bode Miller matches his third best SG result at Beaver Creek. … It is the second best SG result at Beaver Creek for Andrew Weibrecht. … It is the first career World Cup scoring finish for Morgan Pridy. … It is the second career SG scoring finish at Beaver Creek for Manuel Osborne-Paradis. … Erik Guay has finished 30th in two World Cup races, both at Beaver Creek, the first in 2003 and the second in 2013.

Aksel Lund Svindal (seventh in race) maintains the lead of the World Cup Overall standings 336-206 over Kueng. … Reichelt is third with 202pts. … Ted Ligety is the top American overall in sixth place with 169pt. … Jan Hudec (13th in race) leads the Canadians in 17th overall with 91pts… Kueng moves past Svindal to take the lead in the super G standings 145-136. … Matthias Mayer (tenth in race) is third with 106pts. … Ligety leads the US in 11th with 45pts and Hudec is 10th with 46pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 1170-621 over Italy with France third with 616pts. … The U.S. is sixth with 328pts and Canada seventh with 249pts.

 

 

Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  28  511139 KUENG Patrick 1984 SUI  1:21.73  0.00
 2  45  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:21.97  3.08
 3  16  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:22.11  4.88
 3  5  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  1:22.11  4.88
 5  18  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA  1:22.21  6.17
 6  25  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas 1984 FRA  1:22.27  6.94
 7  21  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund 1982 NOR  1:22.34  7.84
 8  11  292514 HEEL Werner 1982 ITA  1:22.41  8.74
 9  15  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:22.64  11.69
 10  22  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:22.66  11.95
 11  26  510727 DEFAGO Didier 1977 SUI  1:22.68  12.20
 12  1  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  1:22.80  13.75
 13  8  102271 HUDEC Jan 1981 CAN  1:22.82  14.00
 14  2  532431 MILLER Bode 1977 USA  1:22.98  16.06
 15  17  50858 STREITBERGER Georg 1981 AUT  1:23.00  16.32
 16  43  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:23.02  16.57
 16  31  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  1:23.02  16.57
 18  27  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  1:23.06  17.09
 18  24  191740 CLAREY Johan 1981 FRA  1:23.06  17.09
 20  46  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:23.29  20.04
 21  9  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:23.33  20.56
 22  20  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:23.36  20.94
 23  32  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  1:23.38  21.20
 24  33  103612 PRIDY Morgan 1990 CAN  1:23.40  21.45
 25  4  50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT  1:23.46  22.23
 26  12  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI  1:23.47  22.35
 27  6  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:23.49  22.61
 28  39  511352 VILETTA Sandro 1986 SUI  1:23.67  24.92
 28  29  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:23.67  24.92
 30  14  102263 GUAY Erik 1981 CAN  1:23.68  25.05
 31  23  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica 1979 CRO  1:23.69  25.18
 32  47  103512 FRISCH Jeffrey 1984 CAN  1:23.79  26.47
 33  54  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:23.89  27.75
 34  35  481705 GLEBOV Alexander 1983 RUS  1:23.93  28.26
 35  13  51327 PUCHNER Joachim 1987 AUT  1:23.96  28.65
 36  58  501076 OLSSON Hans 1984 SWE  1:23.99  29.03
 37  65  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  1:24.02  29.42
 38  7  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar 1987 ITA  1:24.21  31.86
 39  55  100558 COOK Dustin 1989 CAN  1:24.23  32.12
 40  66  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  1:24.41  34.43
 41  57  102961 DIXON Robbie 1985 CAN  1:24.45  34.94
 42  61  511529 GISIN Marc 1988 SUI  1:24.78  39.18
 42  48  511513 CAVIEZEL Mauro 1988 SUI  1:24.78  39.18
 44  40  191964 POISSON David 1982 FRA  1:24.80  39.44
 45  49  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:24.89  40.60
 46  67  491151 DE LA CUESTA Paul 1988 SPA  1:25.05  42.65
 47  64  533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA  1:25.09  43.17
 48  77  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  1:25.44  47.66
 49  70  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:25.48  48.18
 50  68  220874 BALDWIN TJ 1990 GBR  1:25.67  50.62
 51  51  560447 SPORN Andrej 1981 SLO  1:25.86  53.06
 52  72  430429 BYDLINSKI Maciej 1988 POL  1:25.91  53.70
 53  50  561067 PERKO Rok 1985 SLO  1:26.24  57.94
 54  73  20267 ESTEVE Kevin 1989 AND  1:26.78  64.88
 55  71  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier 1980 ARG  1:27.11  69.12
 56  76  670058 KOSHKIN Dmitriy 1986 KAZ  1:29.15  95.33
Did not finish 1st run
 75  410364 FEASEY Willis 1992 NZL
 74  410266 GRIFFIN Benjamin 1986 NZL
 69  150398 BANK Ondrej 1980 CZE
 63  201987 STRODL Andreas 1987 GER
 62  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA
 60  201811 STECHERT Tobias 1985 GER
 59  534939 FISHER Erik 1985 USA
 56  501439 HEDIN Douglas 1990 SWE
 53  191591 BERTRAND Yannick 1980 FRA
 52  934568 RUBIE Brennan 1991 USA
 44  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA
 42  194190 ROGER Brice 1990 FRA
 41  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA
 38  293141 VARETTONI Silvano 1984 ITA
 37  934518 DANIELS Nick 1991 USA
 36  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER
 34  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA
 30  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA
 19  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA
 10  191746 DE TESSIERES Gauthier 1981 FRA
 3  51332 SCHEIBER Florian 1987 AUT
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