Ganong Fifth in Kvitfjell Super-G
It was a snowy day in Kvitfjell, Norway, but that didn't stop Travis Ganong (Squaw, Calif.) from grabbing the second best FIS Ski World Cup super-G result of his career, landing in fifth to lead three Americans into the points.
For the second-straight day, Italy’s Dominik Paris took the victory, piping the bottom section of the course, finishing with a time of 1:29.20 - .43 seconds ahead of Attacking Viking and hometown boy Kjetil Jansrud and .60 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Beat Feuz. Paris moved from third in the super-G standings behind Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr and Matthias Mayer to lead the standings heading into World Cup Finals in Soldeu, Andorra, with 330 points - a 44-point advantage on Kriechmayr.
Ganong skied a clean and fast run to lead the Americans and snag his best result of the season, and second-best career super-G result (his best is a fourth place at Lake Louise, Canada in 2015. After sustaining a knee injury in Bormio, Italy that sidelined Ganong prior to the Olympics, he has been fighting to find his way back into the top group.
“I’m feeling better,” Ganong said after his run. “The whole season I’ve kind of been struggling mentally to find my race gear and to be comfortable pushing and taking risks. I’ve been really skiing within myself. These last two days - especially yesterday - I decided to push and take some risks, and it didn’t quite pan out yesterday in the downhill, but it was nice to get that monkey off my back and take some risks and not crash and have good splits. Obviously, in the downhill I had huge mistakes, but today - another chance - I pushed hard again, took some risks, and it worked.”
Ranked 16th in the standings, Ganong will take that confidence into the World Cup Finals and next season. “Just a really good stepping stone in my recovery and my comeback, and sets me up really well for next season,” he said. “I’m super happy to have a fifth place today.” Teammate Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Starksboro, Vt.) - who is tied for 21st in the super-G standings with France’s Alexis Pinturault - will also represent the United States at World Cup Finals in the discipline.
Teammate Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah) was skiing super fast in the middle section of the course, back by just .17 seconds at one split when he made a couple of costly errors that pushed him to 15th place. Nyman has been skiing the best super-G he’s skied in years, and is back in the 30, though he narrowly missed making it to World Cup Finals in the discipline - as he’s sitting in 26th by just one point. For the second-straight day, Jared Goldberg (Holladay, Utah) finished in the points. Today was the first time Goldberg has finished in the top 30 this season super-G.
Other Americans to compete in Sunday’s super-G included Thomas Biesemeyer (Keene, N.Y.), in 33rd, Cochran-Siegle in 34th, Sam Morse (Sugarloaf, Maine) in 42nd, Sam Dupratt (Park City, Utah) in 48th and Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Calif.) in 49th.
Up next for the men is a giant slalom and slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia on March 9-10.
Women's Super-G Canceled in Sochi; Shiffrin With Super-G Lead into Finals
For the fifth-straight day, weather wiped out the women's FIS Ski World Cup in Sochi, Russia.
As a result of Sunday's cancelation, Mikaela Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.) will maintain her super-G standings lead heading into the final super-G race in Soldeu, Andorra at World Cup Finals on March 14. Shiffrin has won every super-G she’s participated in this season, including Lake Louise, Canada, St. Moritz, Switzerland, and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. She will go into World Cup Finals with 300 points, and a 32-point lead over the reigning super-G title holder, Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather, Up next for the women is a giant slalom and slalom in Špindlerův Mlýn, Czech Republic. Shiffrin is the current leader in the giant slalom standings, with an 81-point lead over France’s Tessa Worley.
HOW TO WATCH
All times EST
Sunday, March 3
4:00 p.m. - Men’s super-G - Kvitfjell, NOR - NBCSN*
Friday, March 8
4:30 a.m. - Women’s giant slalom run 1 - Spindleruv Mlyn, CZE - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. - Women’s giant slalom run 2 - Spindleruv Mlyn, CZE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
12:00 p.m. - Women’s giant slalom run 2 - Spindleruv Mlyn, CZE - NBCSN*
Saturday, March 9
3:30 a.m. - Men’s giant slalom run 1 - Kranjska Gora, SLO - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
4:30 a.m. - Women’s slalom run 1 - Spindleruv Mlyn, CZE - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
6:30 a.m. - Men’s giant slalom run 2 - Kranjska Gora, SLO - Olympic Channel-TV, Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
4:30 a.m. - Women’s slalom run 2 - Spindleruv Mlyn, CZE - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
Sunday, March 10
4:30 a.m. - Men’s slalom run 1 - Kranjska Gora, SLO - OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
7:30 a.m. - Men’s slalom run 2 - Kranjska Gora, SLO - Olympic Channel-TV, OlympicChannel.com & NBC Sports Gold
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