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Grange takes Schladming Cup win away from Swedes

J=B GrangeJean-Baptiste Grange made it two World Cup wins in a row Tuesday (Jan. 24) by claiming the night slalom at Schladming on a smokey, softening course amidst 45,000 thousand Austrian fans with air horns and flares.

The Frenchman etched an excellent second run down the Planai stadium course to register the fourth fastest run of the second heat and knock two Swedes off the top steps. Andre Myhrer, the first run leader, and teammate Mattias Hargin, second after the first, wound up second and third respectively.

“To win at Schladming was one of my main career objectives,” Grange said. “It is a dream to win here. I have often had a bit of luck at Kitzbuehel, but not so often here.”

Italian Manfred Moelgg posted fourth while tour leader Ivica Kostelic skied a conservative second run to place fifth and strengthen his lead for the overall title. He now leads Silvan Zurbriggen by 432pts.

American Nolan Kasper, 29th after the first run, attacked in the second heat registering the second fastest run of the night and finished 13th, one placing ahead of Canada’s top finisher Mike Janyk.

“Starting two (in the second run) I went out there and just tried to charge as hard as I could,” said Kasper.

Ted Ligety was 19th and Dave Chodounsky 22nd for the U.S. while Canada also had Trevor White in 23rd and Paul Stutz in 25th.

The lack of ice seemed to have the biggest effect on the hosting Austrians who had looked poised to move into the podium positions after the first run with four skiers in the top 10, but Reinfried Herbst was a DNF and Marcel Hirscher was disqualifed for a mishap at the tail end of the course. Manfred Pranger fell back to 12th place and only Benjamin Raich held on to a top 10 spot finishing ninth. It was the worst Austrian finish at Schladming since the night race was instituted 14 seasons ago.

The Swedes not only got the two podium placing but also had Axel Baeck in sixth and Jens Byggmark with the fastest second run scoring seventh.

American Bode Miller did not start electing to rest and prepare for the World Championships starting at Garmisch, Germany Feb 6. He will skip next weekend’s events at Chamonix, France.

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The SCOOP
by Hank McKee
Men’s night slalom, Schladming Austria, Jan. 25, 2011
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Grange, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
2 Myhrer, Nordica/Nordica/
3 Hargin, Nordica/Nordica/
4 Moelgg, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
5 Kostelic, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
6 Baeck, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
7 Byggmark, Voelkl/Tecnica/Marker
8 Deville, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
9 Raich, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
10 Yuasa, Hart//Look

Men’s World Cup night slalom, Schladming, Austria, Jan. 25, 2011. … It is the 24th scheduled race of the 2011 men’s 39 race World Cup slate, the 22nd held. … It is the seventh of ten scheduled slaloms and the fifth of the month of January. … It is the 33rd Cup race hosted by Schladming. … the 17th slalom.

It is the ninth career World Cup victory for Jean-Baptiste Grange. … the eighth in slalom. … It is his third win of the season and second in three days. … It is his first win at Schladming. … He had been second in 2008.

It is the eighth career World Cup podium for Andre Myhrer. … and his second at Schladming having placed third in 2005. … It is his third podium of the season having won at Zagreb and placing second at Levi.

It is the second career World Cup podium result from Mattias Hargin, both third place slalom finishes and both this season the other coming at Zagreb.

It is the third career World Cup scoring result for Nolan Kasper his second in three days and his second at Schladming. … It is his second best result, by one place. … Michael Janyk matches his 29th best career result. … It is his fifth best finish at Schladming. … It is his fourth score of the season. … Ted Ligety matches his 34th best World Cup slalom result. … the result matches his fourth best at Schladming. … It is his third best slalom result of the season. … It is the third career World Cup scoring result for David Chodounsky, all of them in slalom and all scored this January. … It is the eighth career World Cup score for Trevor White, all in slalom … the fourth of the season. … It is the eighth World Cup scoring result for Paul Stutz. … and second in three days. … He had not scored previously since 2008.

Ivica Kostelic (5th in race) leads the World Cup overall standings 1075-643 over Silvan Zurbriggen (17th in race). … Aksel Lund Svindal (did not race) is third with 585pts. … Ted Ligety is the top American in ninth place with 434pts. … Erik Guay the top Canadian in 33rd with 145pts. … Kostelic leads the slalom standings 478-382 over Grange. … Myhrer is third with 333pts. … Michael Janyk is the top Canadian in 14th with 127pts. … Ted Ligety the top American in 23rd with 65pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 3635-2475 over Switzerland. … Italy is third with 1886. … The U.S. is eighth with 991pts and Canada ninth with 873pts.

Place   Schladming
(AUT)
  Discipline   Slalom
Date   25.01.2011   Category   FIS World Cup
Race codex   0158   Gender   M
Valid for FIS Points   YES   TD Name   Cozzi Marco (ITA)
       
  
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  5  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste  1984  FRA   54.62  51.92  1:46.54  0.00
 2  1  501017 MYHRER Andre  1983  SWE   53.77  52.81  1:46.58  0.23
 3  9  501111 HARGIN Mattias  1985  SWE   54.22  52.92  1:47.14  3.44
 4  13  292491 MOELGG Manfred  1982  ITA   54.92  52.55  1:47.47  5.32
 5  3  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   54.42  53.12  1:47.54  5.73
 6  21  501223 BAECK Axel  1987  SWE   55.48  52.21  1:47.69  6.58
 7  23  501101 BYGGMARK Jens  1985  SWE   56.45  51.27  1:47.72  6.76
 8  17  291145 DEVILLE Cristian  1981  ITA   55.20  52.63  1:47.83  7.39
 9  4  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   55.35  52.49  1:47.84  7.44
 10  30  301709 YUASA Naoki  1983  JPN   56.12  51.78  1:47.90  7.79
 11  12  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix  1984  GER   55.77  52.18  1:47.95  8.07
 12  8  50624 PRANGER Manfred  1978  AUT   55.03  53.23  1:48.26  9.85
 13  53  532138 KASPER Nolan  1989  USA   57.08  51.66  1:48.74  12.60
 14  11  102435 JANYK Michael  1982  CAN   56.43  52.46  1:48.89  13.46
 15  45  511174 VOGEL Markus  1984  SUI   57.07  52.00  1:49.07  14.49
 16  57  202462 DOPFER Fritz  1987  GER   56.57  52.78  1:49.35  16.09
 17  7  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   56.12  53.28  1:49.40  16.38
 18  20  560355 VALENCIC Mitja  1978  SLO   56.71  52.71  1:49.42  16.49
 19  16  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   56.38  53.06  1:49.44  16.60
 20  26  910000 IMBODEN Urs  1975  MDA   57.15  52.48  1:49.63  17.69
 21  10  192506 MISSILLIER Steve  1984  FRA   55.55  54.22  1:49.77  18.49
 22  34  534508 CHODOUNSKY David  1984  USA   57.00  52.82  1:49.82  18.78
 23  29  102922 WHITE Trevor  1984  CAN   56.93  53.16  1:50.09  20.33
 24  33  501116 LAHDENPERAE Anton  1985  SWE   56.49  54.02  1:50.51  22.73
 25  39  102727 STUTZ Paul  1983  CAN   57.00  53.54  1:50.54  22.90
Disqualified 2nd run
   48  102456 BIGGS Patrick  1982  CAN         
   2  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel  1989  AUT         
Disqualified 1st run
   14  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano  1984  ITA         
Did not start 1st run
   36  50824 DREIER Christoph  1981  AUT         
   32  532431 MILLER Bode  1977  USA         
Did not qualify 1st run
   78  561161 JAZBEC Patrick  1989  SLO         
   74  92534 CHONGAROV Nikola  1989  BUL         
   72  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier  1980  ARG         
   70  501401 SAXVALL Per  1989  SWE         
   69  201896 STEHLE Dominik  1986  GER         
   68  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander  1984  RUS         
   67  700830 ZAMPA Adam  1990  SVK         
   66  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO         
   65  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor  1985  CRO         
   64  193986 PLACE Francois  1989  FRA         
   63  150495 VRABLIK Martin  1982  CZE         
   62  220083 BAXTER Noel  1981  GBR         
   59  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian  1987  NOR         
   58  930105 GRANSTROM Colby  1990  USA         
   55  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA         
   54  531799 FORD Tommy  1989  USA         
   51  150644 KRYZL Krystof  1986  CZE         
   50  50981 HOERL Wolfgang  1983  AUT         
   46  150594 TREJBAL Filip  1985  CZE         
   44  511896 MURISIER Justin  1992  SUI         
   43  293797 GROSS Stefano  1986  ITA         
   41  290732 THALER Patrick  1978  ITA         
   38  561148 SKUBE Matic  1988  SLO         
   35  50547 SCHOENFELDER Rainer  1977  AUT         
   24  102912 SPENCE Brad  1984  CAN         
   19  511127 GINI Marc  1984  SUI         
Did not finish 2nd run
   27  150398 BANK Ondrej  1980  CZE         
   22  500656 LARSSON Markus  1979  SWE         
   6  50605 HERBST Reinfried  1978  AUT         
Did not finish 1st run
   80  860005 BRACHNER Patrick  1992  AZE         
   79  180703 PALONIEMI Santeri  1993  FIN         
   77  680041 ABRAMASHVILI Iason  1988  GEO         
   76  103729 READ Erik  1991  CAN         
   75  60160 ALAERTS Kai  1989  BEL         
   73  40349 RISHWORTH Mike  1987  AUS         
   71  290095 BALLERIN Andrea  1989  ITA         
   61  500909 ANDERSSON Oscar  1982  SWE         
   60  193967 MUFFAT JEANDET Victor  1989  FRA         
   56  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA         
   52  250127 BJORGVINSSON Bjorgvin  1980  ISL         
   49  50931 BECHTER Patrick  1982  AUT         
   47  193347 TISSOT Maxime  1986  FRA         
   42  180251 PALANDER Kalle  1977  FIN         
   40  510997 BERTHOD Marc  1983  SUI         
   37  530165 BRANDENBURG Will  1987  USA         
   31  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR         
   28  301312 SASAKI Akira  1981  JPN         
   25  421400 MYHRE Lars Elton  1984  NOR         
   18  50707 MATT Mario  1979  AUT         
   15  102239 COUSINEAU Julien  1981  CAN       

Hank McKee

Senior Editor

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