SOELDEN,AUSTRIA,25.OCT.15 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup season opening, Rettenbachferner, giant slalom, men. Image shows Andrea Ballerin (ITA). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Mathias Mandl

Italian national team prospect Andrea Ballerin took the opening men’s NorAm race of the season at Snow King Resort in Jackson, Wyo. After clocking the fifth fastest first run, Ballerin scorched the field, setting the fastest second run and storming towards the win by an impressive 0.93 seconds over Norwegian and former University of Denver skier Espen Lysdahl in second and American Tim Kelley in third.12310666_10208866792331241_5980449542680971502_n

A slick surface, especially towards the finish, proved challenging for the field, with only 40 racers of the 97-man start list managing to complete both runs.

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The top junior on the day was Ski Quebec Alpin’s William Bruneau-Bouchard who posted a career-best NorAm result finishing in 18th overall. The University of Denver and N-UNI team member Alex Leever and Australian Harry Laidlaw of Global Racing rounded out the junior podium in 22nd and 26th overall, respectively.

European competitors had a strong showing with Ballerin, Lysdahl, Roberto Nani, Giovanni Borsotti, and Krystof Kryzl all cracking the top 10. Former University of Vermont skier Jonathan Nordbotten of the Norwegian World Cup team was in third after the morning’s run, but he was unable to finish the second.

Independent American racer Robby Kelley was the second North American on the result sheet behind his older brother, as the younger Kelley cracked the top five with a fifth-place finish, setting the second fastest second run behind Ballerin in the process. On the comeback trail was Canadian national team athlete Phil Brown who landed in eighth coming off of hip surgery in the offseason. Also noteworthy was Philippe Rivet of the University of New Hampshire charging from the 45th start position to end up 11th overall, perhaps foreshadowing top-10 results to come this winter.

The men will race another NorAm slalom on Friday before traveling to Copper Mountain, Colo., for a pair of giant slaloms Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.


Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS Points
 1 17 290095BALLERIN Andrea1989ITA 53.36 51.22 1:44.58 6.00
 2 2 421954LYSDAHL Espen1990NOR 52.28 53.23 1:45.51 +0.93 12.40
 3 3 530837KELLEY Tim1986USA 53.22 52.53 1:45.75 +1.17 14.06
 4 20 294890NANI Roberto1988ITA 53.43 52.63 1:46.06 +1.48 16.19
 5 7 930160KELLEY Robby1990USA 53.79 52.29 1:46.08 +1.50 16.33
 6 18 934523ENGEL Mark1991USA 52.95 54.12 1:47.07 +2.49 23.14
 7 21 990048BORSOTTI Giovanni1990ITA 54.95 52.74 1:47.69 +3.11 27.41
 8 13 103676BROWN Phil1991CAN 54.70 53.01 1:47.71 +3.13 27.55
 9 10 150644KRYZL Krystof1986CZE 55.50 53.07 1:48.57 +3.99 33.47
 10 5 103865PHILP Trevor1992CAN 55.07 54.06 1:49.13 +4.55 37.33
 11 45 103855RIVET Philippe1992CAN 55.40 53.74 1:49.14 +4.56 37.39
 12 9 103729READ Erik1991CAN 53.71 55.52 1:49.23 +4.65 38.01
 13 49 422305BAKKE Morten Ungersness1994NOR 56.33 53.90 1:50.23 +5.65 44.90
 14 12 380318BRIGOVIC Sebastian1992CRO 56.85 53.39 1:50.24 +5.66 44.97
 15 6 530651STIEGLER Seppi1988USA 56.44 54.28 1:50.72 +6.14 48.27
 16 35 422318ROEISLAND Max1994NOR 57.10 54.13 1:51.23 +6.65 51.78
 17 29 6530167SHIFFRIN Taylor1992USA 56.93 54.48 1:51.41 +6.83 53.02
 18 64 104412BRUNEAU-BOUCHARD William1996CAN 57.16 54.27 1:51.43 +6.85 53.16
 19 11 930188MARSHALL Tucker1990USA 56.80 54.64 1:51.44 +6.86 53.23
 20 24 930194MCNEALUS Andrew1990USA 56.55 54.93 1:51.48 +6.90 53.50
 21 23 103779GARAND Dominique1991CAN 57.29 54.25 1:51.54 +6.96 53.92
 22 36 6531160LEEVER Alex1995USA 57.30 54.53 1:51.83 +7.25 55.91
 23 51 6530538WOOLSON Thomas1993USA 56.97 55.15 1:52.12 +7.54 57.91
 24 15 430633JASICZEK Michal1994POL 54.85 58.06 1:52.91 +8.33 63.35
 25 58 40577LAIDLAW Harry1996AUS 58.30 55.15 1:53.45 +8.87 67.07
 26 54 6531936WINTERS Luke1997USA 58.36 55.27 1:53.63 +9.05 68.31
 27 27 422134BJERTNESS Endre1992NOR 58.96 54.94 1:53.90 +9.32 70.17
 28 70 430762JASICZEK Jedrzej1997POL 57.42 56.81 1:54.23 +9.65 72.44
 29 44 151024KOTZMANN Adam1993CZE 59.29 55.63 1:54.92 +10.34 77.19
 30 48 194849COULET Gabriel1994FRA 59.03 57.56 1:56.59 +12.01 88.69
 31 4 934502ANKENY Michael1991USA 1:03.38 53.43 1:56.81 +12.23 90.20
 32 75 6532091KEANE Jack1998USA 1:00.39 56.81 1:57.20 +12.62 92.88
 33 93 6532163SEYMOUR Jett1998USA 1:00.03 57.43 1:57.46 +12.88 94.67
 34 95 6530613KEITH Jacob1993USA 1:00.92 58.23 1:59.15 +14.57 106.31
 35 78 6531963STEFFEY George1997USA 1:02.00 58.73 2:00.73 +16.15 117.19
 36 79 6531590KIRWOOD Clayton1996USA 1:01.29 59.57 2:00.86 +16.28 118.08
 37 92 6531634CALARCO Matthew1996USA 1:03.76 59.22 2:02.98 +18.40 132.68
 38 16 6530115CHRISTIANSON Kieffer1992USA 55.55 1:07.52 2:03.07 +18.49 133.30
 39 76 104389YOUNG Joseph1996CAN 1:00.64 1:03.88 2:04.52 +19.94 143.28
 40 65 6532084RADAMUS River1998USA 1:24.75 59.15 2:23.90 +39.32 276.71
Disqualified 1st run
 56 934547MARNO Max1991USA
 19 561146MLINSEK Filip1988SLO
Did not start 1st run
 33 934740WUNSCH Taylor1991USA
Did not finish 2nd run
 72 104488FOURNIER Simon1997CAN
 69 6530108BROOKS Dylan1992USA
 68 104436QUENNEVILLE Raphael1996CAN
 62 6531523O BRIEN Keilan1996USA
 52 103942BELL Jeffrey1993CAN
 50 6531115BROWN Griffin1995USA
 47 6531145HALL Max1995USA
 46 104468READ Jeffrey1997CAN
 37 180667HIETANEN Kasper1991FIN
 34 512082REYMOND Marco1994SUI
 32 410364FEASEY Willis1992NZL
 30 6531472DRILLER Garret1996USA
 28 180737LUUKKO Max1994FIN
 26 410365BARWOOD Adam1992NZL
 8 421860NORDBOTTEN Jonathan1989NOR
Did not finish 1st run
 97 104535LLEWELLYN Carson1997CAN
 96 104577ALKIER Justin1998CAN
 94 6532009CASHMAN Jordan1997USA
 91 6531987KELSEY Sky1997USA
 90 104538YATES Cooper1997CAN
 89 6531851FREEMAN Adam1997USA
 88 430668DZIEDZIC Andrzej1995POL
 87 6532149MILLER Andrew1998USA
 86 6531872MATHERS Luke1997USA
 85 6531865LARSEN Gray1997USA
 84 422402MAURSTAD Fredrik1995NOR
 83 6531681DE JONG Devin1996USA
 82 6531614KJOS Zak1996USA
 81 104625DYMOND Cameron1998CAN
 80 6531885SHEILS Paul1997USA
 77 104238KUUS Karl1995CAN
 74 6531892WAGNER Kalle1997USA
 73 6530544BENDA Jake1993USA
 71 6530500MCLAUGHLIN Brian1993USA
 67 6531847DOMONOSKE David1997USA
 66 103953CARRY Roger1993CAN
 63 6531371TOMLINSON Henry1995USA
 61 221213RAPOSO Charlie1996GBR
 60 6531192SANTANIELLO Nick1995USA
 59 6531203SPROCK Ty1995USA
 57 6530168SMITH Cameron1992USA
 55 6530140MCLAUGHLIN Prescott1992USA
 53 110266ANGUITA Martin1991CHI
 43 104153MCCONVILLE Patrick1994CAN
 42 150834ZIKA Adam1989CZE
 41 6530534VIETZE Sandy1993USA
 40 104097UNTERBERGER Dominic1994CAN
 39 54171NEUHAUSER David1993AUT
 38 202567BREU Raffael1994GER
 31 501529GUNNARSSON Henrik1991SWE
 25 104023STEINKE Chris1993CAN
 22 202437LUITZ Stefan1992GER
 14 103857ST-GERMAIN William1992CAN
 1 934566ROBERTS Hig1991USA

Podium photo courtesy of Dan Leever (Facebook)