Herbst wins Alta Badia slalom, Cochran ninth


Reinfret Herbst gained his seventh career World Cup slalom win on Italy’s premier GS hill in Alta Badia Monday (Dec. 21) with a tough come from behind second run effort.

The Austrians, shut off the podium in Sunday’s GS, nabbed two of the three spots with  first run leader Manfred Pranger holding on for third while Swiss Silvan Zurbriggen squeezed between for claim the second place finish.

The Italians were poised to strike but couldn’t quite power past first run time deficits that all approached or exceeded a full second. Despite pushing three skiers into the top eight and four in the first 11, the best the hosts could muster was Manfred Moelgg in fourth.

Canadian Michael Janyk got his best result since 2007 in fifth place and the Americans got a nice effort from Jimmy Cochran in ninth, one of five top 10 finishes for his World Cup career. Ted Ligety ran into difficulty in the first run and failed to qualify and Bode Miller sat out the race as his ankle swelled after exertion in Sunday’s GS and he couldn’t get into his slalom boot.

For Cochran the placing was “awesome. I felt really comfortable and confident. I’ll take it, a top 10, that’s really good for me.”

He said the second course was tighter and more rhythmical than the first which helped. “It suited me a little more,” and, he said, he was able to take a little more risk.

“I feel like I can build and that I have a little more speed in me,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to Zagreb and Adelboden (the next slaloms).”

The son of Bob Cochran who won races as part of the Cochran family that powered the U.S. Ski Teams when the World Cup was formed, he said “My Dad’s probably not holding his breath,” until he gets on a Cup podium. “It’s a crazy sport and just to be in the same conversation with my Dad and his sisters is, to me, big because they were my heroes growing up. … and still are.”

“He did a fantastic job,” said head U.S. Men’s Coach Sasha Rearick, “and, well, Merry Christmas.”

It was also a fine warm up for the holidays for the Canadian group as a whole. Not only was
Janyk fifth, but he was joined by three teammates in scoring positions.
Brad Spence was a career best 12th, Julien Cousineau was 17th, his
second best result in six years and Patrick Biggs was 21st.

“This
is my third best World Cup result so it feels that I am exactly where I
should be,” said Janyk. He said in his two better results “I felt a
little bit like I was skiing beyond myself, but this time is different.”

It was the second slalom win in two races for Herbst putting him in firm control of the slalom standings, 98 points in front of Zurbriggen.

“The course was very tough and this hard snow – ice. … so fighting was important,” Herbst said, adding he had battled “the whole run,” for the win. Having another Austrian join him on the podium would “make for a nice break for Christmas.”

After the first run Austrians held the top three positions but Benjamin Raich misfired while working his way down the final stretch and exited the course. Herbst, it seemed, actually got ahead of the course for a moment, then settled himself down and snuck ahead of Zurbriggen.

Herbst photo by GEPA

The SCOOP
By Hank McKee

Equipment
Men’s slalom Alta Badia, Italy, Dec. 21, 2009
Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Herbst, Blizzard/Tecnica/Marker
2 Zurbriggen, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
3 Pranger, Volkl, Tecnica, Marker
4 Moelgg, Fischer, Fischer, Fischer
5 Janyk, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
6 Razzoli, Nordica/Nordica/Nordica
7 Lizeroux, Dynastar/Lange/Look
8 Rocca, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
9 Cochran, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
10 Baeck, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

Men’s Slalom, Alta Badia, Italy, Dec. 21, 2009. … It is the 14th race of the men’s 35 race 2009-2010 World Cup schedule. … The second of nine scheduled slaloms. … There are six men’s slaloms in January. … It is the 29th Cup race hosted at Alta Badia, all of them held in December. … It is just the fourth slalom, the remaining races having been GS’s. … first being held Alta Badia slalom was held Dec. 18, 2006. … Last season’s race was won by Ivica Kostelic who will not compete while rehabbing a knee injury. … 2007′s race was won by Jean-Baptiste Grange who is also treating an injury.

It is the seventh career World Cup win for Reinfried Herbst. … all in slalom. … It is his second win this season. … It was the first win at Alta Badia for an Austrian since 1997 when
Christian Mayer won the GS. … And just the fourth Austrian win ever
on the hill.

It is the sixth career World cup podium for Silvan Zurbriggen. … his second in slalom with the others all coming in combined.

It is the third career World Cup podium for Manfred Pranger. … all in slalom.

It is the fourth best career result for Michael Janyk. … and his best since 2007. … It is the fourth best career result for Jimmy Cochran. … His best since January 2008. … He was one placing better at Alta Badia in the 2007 slalom. … It is a career best World Cup result for Brad Spence, his best previous a 13th at Kranjska Gora  last March. … It is the fifth best career result for Julian Cousineau. … His only better result since 2004 coming last season at Wengen. … The result matches the seventh best of Patrick Biggs career.  … The Canadians last put four men in scoring slots in a World Cup slalom in 2006.

Benjamin (DNF in race) leads the overall World Cup standings 565-553 over Carlo Janka (DNF in race). … Aksel Lund Svindal (22nd in race) is third with 443pts. … Ted Ligety (DNQ in race) is the top American in sixth at 317pts. … Manuel Osborne-Paradis (did not race) leads all Canadians overall in 9th place and 242pts. …  Herbst leads the slalom standings 200-102 over Zurbriggen with Pranger third at 98. … Janyk leads all North Americans in seventh with 63pts. … Cochran is the top American in 13th with 41pts.

Place   Alta
Badia
(ITA)
  Discipline   Slalom
Date   21.12.2009   Category   FIS World Cup
Race codex   0817   Gender   M
Valid for FIS Points   YES   TD Name   Grogl Hans (AUT)
       
  
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  7  50605 HERBST Reinfried  1978  AUT   53.57  55.74  1:49.31  0.00
 2  17  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   53.93  55.46  1:49.39  0.44
 3  1  50624 PRANGER Manfred  1978  AUT   53.35  56.13  1:49.48  0.93
 4  4  292491 MOELGG Manfred  1982  ITA   54.26  55.55  1:49.81  2.74
 5  11  102435 JANYK Michael  1982  CAN   54.21  55.77  1:49.98  3.68
 6  9  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano  1984  ITA   54.57  55.73  1:50.30  5.43
 7  3  191459 LIZEROUX Julien  1979  FRA   54.65  55.96  1:50.61  7.14
 8  14  290478 ROCCA Giorgio  1975  ITA   54.74  56.16  1:50.90  8.73
 9  27  534040 COCHRAN Jimmy  1981  USA   55.15  55.86  1:51.01  9.33
 10  46  501223 BAECK Axel  1987  SWE   55.50  55.57  1:51.07  9.66
 11  13  290732 THALER Patrick  1978  ITA   55.47  55.81  1:51.28  10.81
 12  36  102912 SPENCE Brad  1984  CAN   55.45  55.96  1:51.41  11.53
 13  56  501101 BYGGMARK Jens  1985  SWE   55.38  56.06  1:51.44  11.69
 14  40  150594 TREJBAL Filip  1985  CZE   54.67  56.84  1:51.51  12.08
 15  48  193347 TISSOT Maxime  1986  FRA   55.21  56.35  1:51.56  12.35
 16  44  301312 SASAKI Akira  1981  JPN   55.73  55.85  1:51.58  12.46
 17  41  102239 COUSINEAU Julien  1981  CAN   54.98  56.73  1:51.71  13.17
 18  19  421400 MYHRE Lars Elton  1984  NOR   55.41  56.37  1:51.78  13.56
 19  62  192943 OBERT Anthony  1985  FRA   55.77  56.08  1:51.85  13.94
 20  22  511127 GINI Marc  1984  SUI   54.47  57.44  1:51.91  14.27
 21  51  102456 BIGGS Patrick  1982  CAN   55.12  56.97  1:52.09  15.26
 22  32  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   55.06  57.06  1:52.12  15.42
 23  42  301709 YUASA Naoki  1983  JPN   55.38  56.85  1:52.23  16.03
 24  43  300804 MINAGAWA Kentaro  1977  JPN   55.67  56.85  1:52.52  17.62
 24  20  560355 VALENCIC Mitja  1978  SLO   55.69  56.83  1:52.52  17.62
 26  37  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA   55.12  57.52  1:52.64  18.28
 27  31  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   55.80  56.89  1:52.69  18.55
 28  25  910000 IMBODEN Urs  1975  MDA   55.25  57.87  1:53.12  20.91
 29  60  480736 HOROSHILOV Alexandr  1984  RUS   55.48  57.97  1:53.45  22.72
Disqualified 1st run
   74  460060 BARBU Alexandru  1987  ROU         
   35  92591 ALBRECHT Kilian  1973  BUL         
   26  560371 DRAGSIC Mitja  1979  SLO         
   10  501017 MYHRER Andre  1983  SWE         
Did not qualify 1st run
   73  60160 ALAERTS Kai  1989  BEL         
   71  910001 ROUX Christophe  1983  MDA         
   70  90047 GEORGIEV Stefan  1977  BUL         
   65  193967 MUFFAT JEANDET Victor  1989  FRA         
   64  561148 SKUBE Matic  1988  SLO         
   58  202462 DOPFER Fritz  1987  GER         
   57  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO         
   55  380290 SAMSAL Dalibor  1985  CRO         
   39  191640 ANSELMET Alexandre  1980  FRA         
   38  150398 BANK Ondrej  1980  CZE         
   34  510997 BERTHOD Marc  1983  SUI         
   30  102922 WHITE Trevor  1984  CAN         
   28  150644 KRYZL Krystof  1986  CZE         
   24  50931 BECHTER Patrick  1982  AUT         
   23  500656 LARSSON Markus  1979  SWE         
   18  192506 MISSILLIER Steve  1984  FRA         
   16  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA         
   8  560425 VAJDIC Bernard  1980  SLO         
Did not finish 2nd run
   6  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT         
Did not finish 1st run
   72  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier  1980  ARG         
   69  501116 LAHDENPERAE Anton  1985  SWE         
   68  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN         
   67  220689 RYDING David  1986  GBR         
   66  50900 KOLL Alexander  1982  AUT         
   63  51007 SCHOERGHOFER Philipp  1983  AUT         
   61  201422 KOGLER Stefan  1981  GER         
   59  250127 BJOERGVINSSON Bjoergvin  1980  ISL         
   54  293797 GROSS Stefano  1986  ITA         
   53  50824 DREIER Christoph  1981  AUT         
   52  534508 CHODOUNSKY David  1984  USA         
   50  534748 MCDONALD Paul  1984  USA         
   49  534959 JITLOFF Tim  1985  USA         
   47  501076 OLSSON Hans  1984  SWE         
   45  102403 SEMPLE Ryan  1982  CAN         
   33  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI         
   29  291145 DEVILLE Cristian  1981  ITA         
   21  50981 HOERL Wolfgang  1983  AUT         
   15  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel  1989  AUT         
   12  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix  1984  GER         
   5  501111 HARGIN Mattias  1985  SWE         
   2  50707 MATT Mario  1979  AUT       

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