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Janka gets GS win, Ligety moves closer to crown

Carlo JankaThere was a lot going on in what is usually a pretty standard race, the World Cup GS at Kranjska Gora. The winner March 5 just had heart surgery, second place went to a junior and Ted Ligety, the man who has won at the site the last three seasons, placed third by .12 of a second making him the prohibitive favorite to win his third GS crown. Heightening the drama was the second run DNF of the last man on course, first run leader Philipp Schoerghofer.

Swiss Carlo Janka got the win, his first of the season after surgery Feb. 23 to correct symptoms from heart arhythmias. Apparently that surgery was pretty successful. In second, by .02, was Alexis Pinturault of France. He started 34th, sat 16th after the first run and won the second run by .35. Pinturault won the World Junior GS gold medal Jan. 30 and leads the Europa Cup rankings both overall and in GS with three wins and seven podiums in his last nine EC GS starts. In 19 World Cup starts he has now finished in the points four times.

In third was Ligety having used this calendar stop to launch his final assault on the World Cup GS title the last three seasons with victories. Nothing is confirmed yet, but his third place may be good enough to notch his fourth GS crown. He leads the GS standings 383-306 (77pts) over Aksel Lund Svindal and by 80pts over Cyprien Richard.  Svindal finished 22nd but Richard was fourth making the title hunt a three way race with Ligety clearly in the driver’s seat.

First run leader Philipp Schoerghofer, looking very much like he might collect his second career win, failed to finish the second heat, missing a gate.

“I am happy that my health is better,” said Janka. “That is the most important thing at the moment. It feels good to be back at the top.”

Janka won the World Cup overall title last season.

This season’s overall leader, Ivica Kostelic finished 18th, appearing to hold back in his second run after hooking, and injuring, his left arm near the bottom of the first run.

Pinturault’s second run was stunning and led the French to four skiers in the top 10, a result the French men haven’t accomplished in nearly 40 years. He turns 20 later this month and told Reuters that finishing, “… sandwiched between (Janka) and Ligety. … it’s really something.”

Ligety said having a little larger margin going into World Cup finals was “definitely nice,” and said the Kranjska Gora hill was a bit different than usual.

“They did a really good job with the surface,” he said, “but I think they got a bunch of snow since they actually did the surface so it was kind of slick/icy and with the warming conditions it made a different kind of layer on top with grippier ice in different sections. so that was giving some guys some problems” He said both course sets were challenging adding, “just being able to finish, and finish on the podium, was a good thing.”

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The SCOOP
By Hank McKee
Men’s World Cup Giant Slalom, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, March 5, 2011
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Janka, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
2 Pinturault, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
3 Ligety, Head/Head/Head
4 Richard, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
5 Fanara, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
6 Olsson, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
7 Moelgg, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
8 Reichelt, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
9 Missillier, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
10 Blardone, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

Men’s World Cup Giant Slalom, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, March 5, 2011.
… It is the 29th race on the men’s 38 race schedule. … the seventh of eight scheduled GS’s, the sixth held with on cancellation. … It is the 71st Cup race held at Kranjska Gora. …. the 35th GS.

It is the ninth career World Cup win for Carlo Janka. … his fourth in GS and his first at Kranjska Gora. … It is his first win and fifth podium of the season.

It is the first career World Cup podium for Alexis Pinturault and his fourth career Cup scoring result. … He is the current leader of the Europa Cup standings and the World Junior GS gold medalist.

It is the 25th career World Cup podium for Ted Ligety. … his 18th in GS. … It is his sixth career Cup podium at Kranjska Gora, three wins and three third place finishes. … He won at the site in GS in 2008, 2009 and 2010. … It is his fifth podium finish of the season, the other four GS wins, including the gold medal at World Championships.

Tim Jitloff matched his sixth best career World Cup score. … It is his best of three scoring results at Kranjska Gora. … The French had four men in the top 10 of a World Cup race for the first time since Dec. 9, 1971 when Jean-Noel Augert was second, Henri Duvillard third, Alain Penz eighth and Roger Rossat-Mignoud 10th.

With seven races remaining Ivica Kostelic (18th in race) leads the World Cup overall 1307-725 over Didier Cuche (did not race). … Aksel Lund Svindal (22nd in race) is third overall with 722pts. … Ligety leads Americans on the overall list in seventh place with 588pts. … Top Canadian is Michael Janyk in 35th with 172pts. … With one GS remaining Ligety leads the GS standings 383-306 over Svindal. … Cyprien Richard (4th in race) is third with 303pts. … Ligety needs to finish 11th or better in the final GS to assure the title. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup standings 4684-3228 over Switzerland. … Italy is third at 2592 and France fourth at 2580. … The U.S. is seventh with 1350 and Canada ninth with 942pts.

Place   Kranjska
Gora
(SLO)
  Discipline   Giant Slalom
Date   05.03.2011   Category   FIS World Cup
Race codex   1315   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  1  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:12.83  1:14.22  2:27.05  0.00
 2  34  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA   1:14.17  1:12.90  2:27.07  0.12
 3  7  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   1:12.90  1:14.27  2:27.17  0.71
 4  6  191423 RICHARD Cyprien  1979  FRA   1:13.68  1:13.85  2:27.53  2.84
 5  4  191750 FANARA Thomas  1981  FRA   1:13.81  1:13.79  2:27.60  3.25
 6  21  501324 OLSSON Matts  1988  SWE   1:13.88  1:14.07  2:27.95  5.32
 7  16  292491 MOELGG Manfred  1982  ITA   1:13.33  1:14.77  2:28.10  6.21
 8  8  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:13.82  1:14.41  2:28.23  6.98
 9  19  192506 MISSILLIER Steve  1984  FRA   1:13.83  1:14.44  2:28.27  7.22
 10  13  292000 BLARDONE Massimiliano  1979  ITA   1:14.12  1:14.45  2:28.57  8.99
 11  61  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA   1:15.06  1:13.65  2:28.71  9.82
 12  25  202462 DOPFER Fritz  1987  GER   1:15.49  1:13.25  2:28.74  10.00
 13  10  150398 BANK Ondrej  1980  CZE   1:14.03  1:14.82  2:28.85  10.65
 14  22  180534 SANDELL Marcus  1987  FIN   1:13.93  1:15.06  2:28.99  11.48
 15  14  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:14.54  1:14.68  2:29.22  12.84
 16  18  290693 PLONER Alexander  1978  ITA   1:14.38  1:14.98  2:29.36  13.67
 17  24  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian  1987  NOR   1:14.28  1:15.12  2:29.40  13.90
 18  9  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   1:14.52  1:14.92  2:29.44  14.14
 19  23  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix  1984  GER   1:14.57  1:14.99  2:29.56  14.85
 20  29  292056 GUFLER Michael  1979  ITA   1:15.42  1:14.17  2:29.59  15.03
 21  40  511896 MURISIER Justin  1992  SUI   1:14.98  1:14.76  2:29.74  15.91
 22  2  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:14.33  1:15.48  2:29.81  16.33
 23  35  292967 EISATH Florian  1984  ITA   1:15.72  1:14.10  2:29.82  16.39
 24  39  534959 JITLOFF Tim  1985  USA   1:14.96  1:15.01  2:29.97  17.28
 25  28  180251 PALANDER Kalle  1977  FIN   1:14.97  1:15.03  2:30.00  17.45
 26  12  292120 SIMONCELLI Davide  1979  ITA   1:13.54  1:16.52  2:30.06  17.81
 27  15  510997 BERTHOD Marc  1983  SUI   1:14.17  1:16.06  2:30.23  18.81
 28  11  191746 DE TESSIERES Gauthier  1981  FRA   1:13.82  1:22.56  2:36.38  55.20
Did not qualify 1st run
   67  92534 CHONGAROV Nikola  1989  BUL         
   66  561244 KRANJEC Zan  1992  SLO         
   65  561161 JAZBEC Patrick  1989  SLO         
   59  150834 ZIKA Adam  1989  CZE         
   58  193967 MUFFAT JEANDET Victor  1989  FRA         
   56  202437 LUITZ Stefan  1992  GER         
   51  53985 MATHIS Marcel  1991  AUT         
   49  194495 FAIVRE Mathieu  1992  FRA         
   48  54031 LEITINGER Roland  1991  AUT         
   43  500933 OLSSON Jon  1982  SWE         
   42  930107 GREGORAK Will  1990  USA         
   41  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent  1991  AUT         
   38  421650 BJERKESTRAND Iver  1987  NOR         
   37  421859 NILSEN Markus  1989  NOR         
   36  51159 NOESIG Christoph  1985  AUT         
   30  990048 BORSOTTI Giovanni  1990  ITA         
Did not finish 2nd run
   5  51007 SCHOERGHOFER Philipp  1983  AUT         
   3  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR         
Did not finish 1st run
   68  410270 CAFE Tim  1987  NZE         
   64  491151 DE LA CUESTA Paul  1988  SPA         
   63  294911 PATSCHEIDER Hagen  1988  ITA         
   62  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier  1980  ARG         
   60  410266 GRIFFIN Benjamin  1986  NZE         
   57  561148 SKUBE Matic  1988  SLO         
   55  180666 TORSTI Samu  1991  FIN         
   54  150644 KRYZL Krystof  1986  CZE         
   53  990081 CASSE Mattia  1990  ITA         
   52  501255 OEHAGEN Johan  1987  SWE         
   50  511718 PLEISCH Manuel  1990  SUI         
   47  560406 GORZA Ales  1980  SLO         
   46  53853 SIEBER Bjoern  1989  AUT         
   45  561032 JAZBEC Janez  1984  SLO         
   44  561117 KUERNER Miha  1987  SLO         
   33  534038 NICKERSON Warner  1981  USA         
   32  531799 FORD Tommy  1989  USA         
   31  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA         
   27  50600 GOERGL Stephan  1978  AUT         
   26  192653 FREY Thomas  1984  FRA         
   20  420148 KARLSEN Truls Ove  1975  NOR         
   17  511352 VILETTA Sandro  1986  SUI       

Hank McKee

Senior Editor

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