Ford 11th in Bumpy Garmisch Giant Slalom
Finishing up a weekend of speed events with a giant slalom, Tommy Ford led the U.S. men down the dark and bumpy Kandahar track in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, finishing in 11th place.
In the same location as his first World Cup victory in 2013, Alexis Pinturault of France captured his second win of the 2019-20 season. Loic Meillard of Switzerland was second and Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen of Norway was third.
It was a warm day in Garmisch, with the temperatures and drizzling rain quickly melting the snow. Course workers added salt to the track to allow it to freeze, but the conditions were tough. Given the inconsistent snow, Tommy was satisfied with his effort and was able to put down two solid runs. “Second run was better up top,” said Tommy. “I was more with it for the rhythm of the course right out of the start, feeling more connected... There were a couple turns where I was trying to push a little too hard for the snow conditions—you kind of had to just ride it and float. All in all consistent day and I’d say a good step in the right direction.”
Behind Tommy, Ted Ligety put in an impressive effort in his second run, finishing fourth second run and 14th overall. “First run was pretty disappointing,” said Ted, who was 25th after first run. “I never really found a rhythm and I was just fighting it the whole way. Second run I found the rhythm a little better and made a good run relatively. Not exactly what I wanted to see from this race, but overall happy to have at least moved up a little bit.”
Rounding out the Land Rover U.S. Alpine Ski Team, Ryan Cochran-Siegle also scored points, finishing in 22nd. River Radamus and Brian McLaughlin did not qualify for a second run.
The men’s tech teams head next to Chamonix, France for a slalom and parallel giant slalom on Saturday and Sunday.
Men’s Giant Slalom
HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
Sunday, Feb. 2
4:00 p.m. - Men’s giant slalom, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER - NBCSN*
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