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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Ganong Earns First-Career Podium In A World Cup Super-G

By Mackenzie Moran
December, 3 2021

Travis Ganong grabbed his first career podium in a FIS Ski World Cup super-G on Friday, Dec. 3, in front of a roaring crowd of Americans at the Xfinity Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek, Colo. Ganong, who ran second, came out strong right out of the gate, but his time was eventually surpassed by four-time Beaver Creek super-G winner, Marco Odermatt. In the end, Odermatt finished in second, two-hundredths of a second off of Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.

After a difficult day of racing for most of the men's field on Thursday, Ganong finished 22nd overall. A decent result in his eyes, but not what he wanted. In his race recap, he said the only thing he could do was come back tomorrow and do better. And thankfully, he did just that.

"I felt pretty great out of the gate today, skied tactically on the top, and really felt my flow right away," commented Ganong. "Yesterday I also skied well, but messed up the tactical section and today I nailed it. So today I'm stoked to be up there with the top guys."

Ganong has often found himself just outside of podium position, so to finally grab a top spot on home snow, in front of 15+ members of his family, is a great way to start the season. Friday's finish is his first podium since his victory in Garmisch, Germany's gnarly downhill in 2017.

"People love ski racing in the U.S., and skiing in general in the U.S. is such a popular activity, all these people are so passionate, so it's awesome to showcase our sport back here at home," said Ganong. "It's almost like a little family reunion."

Both Ryan Cochran-Siegle and River Radamus were on track to post strong times throughout their runs but skied out of the course and DNFed. Fellow Americans Erik Arvidsson, Steven Nyman, Bryce Bennett, finished just outside of the points in 35th, 36th, and 39th respectively.

Looking ahead, the men have two more chances to perform on home snow. Due to excess snow in Lake Louise, Canada, the Xfinity Birds of Prey World Cup has the opportunity to host not one, but two, downhill events before the athletes head to Europe for the next couple of months.

RESULTS
Men's super-G

HOW TO WATCH

Saturday, Dec. 4
1:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - LIVE Beaver Creek, CO, Streaming Peacock
1:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - LIVE Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBCSN
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Downhill - LIVE, Lake Louise, CAN, Ski and Snowboard LiveStreaming Peacock
5:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBC

Sunday, Dec. 5
12:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Super-G - LIVE Lake Louise, CAN, Streaming Peacock
2:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - LIVE, Beaver Creek, CO, Streaming Peacock
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women’s Super G - LIVE, Lake Louise, CAN, Ski and Snowboard Live
2:30 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast, NBCSN
4:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Xfinity Birds of Prey Men's Downhill - Same-day broadcast, Beaver Creek, CO, Broadcast NBC

Current television broadcast and streaming schedules for all sports are available here

Check out our "How to Watch" guide to figure out what the best watch option is for you.