Chodounsky 15th in Bormio Slalom
BORMIO, Italy (Jan. 6) - David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) tied for 15th to lead the U.S. Ski Team in an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom held Monday evening in Bormio. The race, originally scheduled for Zagreb, Croatia, was hosted with a night final on the lower portion of the famed Stelvio downhill. German Felix Neureuther captured the 51,000 Euro victory over Austrian Marcel Hirscher as Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) slipped onto his left hip on the flattest part of the course before recoving to finish 27th. The men's tour now moves to Adelboden, Switzerland for the 58th year of racing on the famed Chuenisbaergli where Ligety is the defending giant slalom champion.
- David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) tied for 15th to lead the U.S. Ski Team under the lights in Bormio.
- It was the first of four Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slaloms to be held in advance of the Jan. 26 announcement of the U.S. Olympic Team for alpine skiing.
- Chodounsky, 20th after the first run, entered the race after posting a career best seventh in the Val d'Isere, France World Cup slalom.
- On pace for a potential top 10, Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) fell on his left hip during the flattest part of the course to finish 27th after qualifying in 14th.
- German Felix Neureuther won the 51,000 Euro first prize ahead of Austrian slalom ace Marcel Hirscher. Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) did not compete and will return to World Cup competition Saturday in Adelboden, Switzerland.
- Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT), Will Brandenburg (Spokane, WA) and Colby Granstrom (Lake Stevens, WA) also competed, but did not qualify for a second run.
- The tour now moves to Adelboden for a giant slalom and slalom during 58th year of World Cup racing on the famed Chuenisbaergli, where Ligety is the defending giant slalom champion.
I prefer steeps, so Val d'Isere I really liked. The snow kind of threw me off guard here. It's pretty warm so it was really grippy. It was tough to control the skis. I just had a few too many mistakes this first run. When it's a flat course, you can't have any mistakes.
I'm really happy with the way I've been skiing. We've been training with the Germans, and I've been keeping pace with those guys. I didn't think this first run showed how I've been skiing, but I'll just keep at it. There are a lot of slaloms this month.
I think I skied relatively well in sections, just made some mistakes here and there. This hill is so flat, so you definitely pay for those little mistakes.