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Kostelic claims Beaver Creek Slalom, Kasper fourth


KostelicIvica Kostelic has made his reputation on slalom, and although he branched out last season enroute to the World Cup championship, slalom is still his bread and butter. He demonstrated that at Beaver Creek Thursday (Dec.8) in a make up race from Val d’Isere, coming from behind to overtake Marcel Hirscher and pull away from Cristian Deville for the first slalom win of the season.

Kostelic said he was happy to have “removed the curse of Beaver Creek,” after having been removed from the course by the ski patrol in previous visits. “I really wanted to win this race. I had to settle some old issues with this course. I’ve had three surgeries from falls here and have been dreaming of the day I would beat this course.”

It was Nolan Kasper, however, that drew the attention of the Beaver Creek audience. The 22 year old highlighted another up-coming generation of US team skiers with fourth place, a result made incredible considering he had been in the hospital two days before the race with an IV in his arm trying to deal with a nasty virus, and made miraculous considering he had hip surgery in August and hadn’t been on snow until November.

After sprawling on the ground in the finish after the first run Kasper refueled as best he could for the second. “I was drinking energy drinks in the start,” he said, “to get some more energy between runs. It is what it is you try to pull out as much as you can when you can.”

With seven slaloms scheduled over the next six weeks, he’ll need to be at full strength.

“That was good,” Kasper said. “It’s my second best result and my third top 10 ever so I’m excited. It’s a good start to the season.”

Seems he’s not only a master of the slalom course, he’s pretty good an understatement, too.

Coach Sasha Rearick, sporting a wide smile, said it was “a magical day.”

“Kostelic looked amazing today, so we’ve got a little work to do to catch him. But big, big extreme hats off to Nolan Kasper and the team that has worked directly with Nolan for the last six months. This was a magical day.”

Beyond Kasper’s fourth the team had Ted Ligety in 13th and Bode Miller with his first slalom points since January of 2010. If not for a costly error Ligety would have moved up considerably as he was fifth after the first run. And Will Brandenburg led through the early parts of the first run before exiting the course. “Brandenburg’s been skiing extremely fast, we knew that,” said Rearick. “He’s one of the best in the world.”

Canada, too, showed some slalom strength with Brad Spence in 15th,m Julien Cousineau 17th and  Mike Janyk 19th.

With seven Cup slaloms scheduled over the next six weeks, Kasper will be testing the recovery program. “I know I have more speed in me and when I’m fully healthy I think I can show it.” The immediate plan was to “Take a nice long nap and then fly to Europe.”

Photos by Gepa

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Men’s World Cup Slalom, Beaver Creek, Colo., Dec. 8, 2011
Equipment
1 Kostelic, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
2 Deville, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
3 Hirscher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
4 Kasper, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
5 Valencic, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol
6 Myhrer, Nordica/Nordica/
7 Thaler, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
8 Moelgg, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
9 Pranger, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
10 Neureuther, Nordica/Nordica/

Men’s World Cup Slalom, Beaver Creek, Colo., Dec. 8, 2011. … It is the eighth race of the men’s 45 race 2011-12 World Cup schedule. … The second scheduled of 11 slaloms and the first held. . … It is the sixth race at Beaver Creek over the last seven days. … the 47th Cup race hosted by Beaver Creek. … It is a replacement race for one scheduled at Val d’Isere Dec. 11.

It is the 19th career World Cup victory for Ivica Kostelic. … His 12th in slalom. … and his first at Beaver Creek.

It is the first career World Cup podium result for Cristian Deville. … He has previously placed as high as fourth in two slaloms at Garmisch Feb 9, 2008 and Levi Nov. 14, 2010.

It is the 16th career World Cup podium for Marcel Hirscher. … his eighth in slalom. … He hit for the cycle at Beaver Creek placing first and second in the two GS’s and third in the slalom.

It is the second best career World Cup result for Nolan Kasper bested only by his second place finish at Kranjska Gora last March6. … That is the last US slalom podium. … He now owns seven Cup scoring results all coming in slalom. … It is the 25th best career slalom Cup result for Ted Ligety. … and is his fifth score of the season. … It is the sixth best of 11 career Cup slalom results for Brad Spence. … All of his scoring finishes are between 12th and 22nd place. … Julien Cousineau matches his 13th best career placing. … It is his first score on the North American continent. … It is the 38th best of 48 World Cup career scoring results for Michael Janyk. … It is the 237th scoring result for Bode Miller. … It is his first slalom score since Adelboden Jan. 10, 2010.

Aksel Lund Svindal (did not qualify for 2nd run of race) leads the World Cup Overall Standings 334-309 over Ligety. … Hirscher moves into third place at 280pts. … Jan Hudec (did not race) is the top Canadian overall in 19th place with 96pts. … Austria maintains control of the men’s Nations Cup 1303-958 over Switzerland. … France is third with 722pts and the U.S. fourth at 688. … Canada sits seventh with 334pts.

Place   Beaver Creek (USA)   Discipline   Slalom
Date   08.12.2011   Category   FIS World Cup
Race codex   0490   Gender   M
Valid for FIS Points   YES   TD Name   Lashley Bradford (CAN)
       
  

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time FIS Points
 1  5  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   54.64  55.56  1:50.20  0.00
 2  11  291145 DEVILLE Cristian  1981  ITA   54.64  55.70  1:50.34  0.77
 3  7  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel  1989  AUT   54.50  56.18  1:50.68  2.66
 4  20  532138 KASPER Nolan  1989  USA   55.02  55.88  1:50.90  3.87
 5  22  560355 VALENCIC Mitja  1978  SLO   55.55  55.50  1:51.05  4.71
 6  1  501017 MYHRER Andre  1983  SWE   55.16  55.90  1:51.06  4.76
 7  39  290732 THALER Patrick  1978  ITA   56.15  54.92  1:51.07  4.82
 8  4  292491 MOELGG Manfred  1982  ITA   55.39  55.74  1:51.13  5.15
 9  19  50624 PRANGER Manfred  1978  AUT   55.33  55.91  1:51.24  5.76
 10  8  201702 NEUREUTHER Felix  1984  GER   55.32  55.94  1:51.26  5.87
 11  40  293797 GROSS Stefano  1986  ITA   56.01  55.48  1:51.49  7.14
 12  43  50981 HOERL Wolfgang  1983  AUT   56.36  55.31  1:51.67  8.14
 13  18  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   55.15  56.55  1:51.70  8.30
 14  9  501101 BYGGMARK Jens  1985  SWE   55.77  56.01  1:51.78  8.75
 15  26  102912 SPENCE Brad  1984  CAN   56.43  55.36  1:51.79  8.80
 16  24  511174 VOGEL Markus  1984  SUI   55.26  56.62  1:51.88  9.30
 17  21  102239 COUSINEAU Julien  1981  CAN   55.87  56.11  1:51.98  9.85
 18  3  50707 MATT Mario  1979  AUT   55.46  56.56  1:52.02  10.07
 19  15  102435 JANYK Michael  1982  CAN   56.62  55.47  1:52.09  10.46
 20  29  202462 DOPFER Fritz  1987  GER   55.87  56.25  1:52.12  10.63
 21  48  421669 HAUGEN Leif Kristian  1987  NOR   56.58  55.57  1:52.15  10.79
 22  6  501111 HARGIN Mattias  1985  SWE   55.63  56.56  1:52.19  11.02
 23  47  50824 DREIER Christoph  1981  AUT   56.85  55.40  1:52.25  11.35
 24  23  500656 LARSSON Markus  1979  SWE   56.30  56.05  1:52.35  11.90
 25  16  50625 RAICH Benjamin  1978  AUT   56.13  56.55  1:52.68  13.73
 26  13  293098 RAZZOLI Giuliano  1984  ITA   56.16  56.70  1:52.86  14.72
 27  32  532431 MILLER Bode  1977  USA   56.68  56.25  1:52.93  15.11
 28  12  192506 MISSILLIER Steve  1984  FRA   56.68  56.26  1:52.94  15.17
 29  49  150644 KRYZL Krystof  1986  CZE   56.61  56.78  1:53.39  17.66
 30  45  510997 BERTHOD Marc  1983  SUI   56.49  1:12.39  2:08.88  103.40
Did not qualify 1st run
   55  191750 FANARA Thomas  1981  FRA         
   53  501116 LAHDENPERAE Anton  1985  SWE         
   51  50931 BECHTER Patrick  1982  AUT         
   50  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA         
   46  150594 TREJBAL Filip  1985  CZE         
   44  102727 STUTZ Paul  1983  CAN         
   38  930105 GRANSTROM Colby  1990  USA         
   35  534508 CHODOUNSKY David  1984  USA         
   34  511908 SCHMIDIGER Reto  1992  SUI         
   33  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR         
   31  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR         
   30  534040 COCHRAN Jimmy  1981  USA         
   28  150398 BANK Ondrej  1980  CZE         
   27  102922 WHITE Trevor  1984  CAN         
   25  301709 YUASA Naoki  1983  JPN         
   17  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI         
Did not finish 1st run
   59  103729 READ Erik  1991  CAN         
   58  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier  1980  ARG         
   57  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO         
   56  990048 BORSOTTI Giovanni  1990  ITA         
   54  301312 SASAKI Akira  1981  JPN         
   52  51395 DIGRUBER Marc  1988  AUT         
   42  421860 NORDBOTTEN Jonathan  1989  NOR         
   41  50547 SCHOENFELDER Rainer  1977  AUT         
   37  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA         
   36  530165 BRANDENBURG Will  1987  USA         
   14  50605 HERBST Reinfried  1978  AUT         
   10  501223 BAECK Axel  1987  SWE         
   2  192665 GRANGE Jean-Baptiste  1984  FRA         

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