Cochran-Siegle Leads U.S. Men in Adelboden; Ford Crashes in GS
Injury Update - Jan. 9, 2:30 p.m. MST: Tommy Ford's head and neck injuries are minor and resolving nicely. He has a knee injury that is undergoing further evaluation.
It was a tough day two of giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland for the Americans, headlined by a massive crash from Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team giant slalom star Tommy Ford. Ryan Cochran-Siegle led the way for the men in 19th place with River Radamus in 20th.
Tommy was putting down an aggressive first run before he high-sided a few gates before the finish, sending him head over heels to eventually slide into the net before the finish. Prior to loading in the helicopter, Tommy was conscious and speaking to emergency responders. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation—more details will be forthcoming.
Tommy has had a banner 2020-21 season so far, nailing four World Cup top-10 results, including a podium in Santa Caterina. This season had followed up a strong, albeit shortened, 2019-20 season with two GS podiums.
The U.S. men remained worried about their teammate and friend, but Ryan and River qualified for second run and skied the terrain-riddled and dark GS aggressively with a couple of small mistakes. Ryan took 19th overall, just ahead of River in 20th. River finished his second run and waved at the camera and said, “Love you, Tommy.”
This was River's third top-20 result in a row—another excellent result for the improving young athlete who snagged his career-best GS result in Friday's race. He's continuing to ski aggressively and accumulate more World Cup miles to focus on building throughout the season.
Alexis Pinturault of France put down a nearly flawless run on the Chuenisbärgli track to win by over a second for the second day in a row. The victory catapulted him to the front of the giant slalom standings as he continues to build his lead for the overall standings. Filip Zubcic of Croatia was second and Loic Meillard of Switzerland third. This was the last giant slalom before the FIS Ski World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy in February.
Rounding out the U.S. men, Ted Ligety did not qualify for a second run, while George Steffey and Bridger Gile both skied out and did not finish.
The Adelboden weekend wraps on Sunday with a slalom.
Men’s giant slalom
HOW TO WATCH
Jan. 6-13, 2021
Saturday, Jan 9
8:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Giant Slalom - same-day broadcast, Adelboden, SUI, Broadcast NBCSN
Sunday, Jan. 10
4:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Adelboden, SUI, Streaming Peacock
5:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Super-G - LIVE, St. Anton, AUT, Streaming Peacock
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Adelboden, SUI, Broadcast Olympic Channel
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Adelboden, SUI, Streaming Peacock
2:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men's Slalom - same-day broadcast, Adelboden, SUI, Broadcast NBCSN
Tuesday, Jan. 12
12:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Flachau, AUT, Streaming Peacock
2:45 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Flachau, AUT, Streaming Peacock
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