Kasper Consistent in Kitzbuehel Slalom
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 22) - Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) tied for 14th in slalom Sunday to lead three Americans into the Kitzbuehel top 30. Jimmy Cochran (Keene, NH) was 19th and Colby Granstrom (Lake Stevens, WA) 24th as Italian Christian Deville captured his first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup win.
- Nolan Kasper tied for 14th to lead three Americans into the Kitzbuehel slalom top 30
- Italian Christian Deville won the slalom for the first World Cup victory of his career
- It was the career first World Cup points for Granstrom
- Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) finished 5th in the combined behind winner Ivica Kostelic of Croatia
- Kitzbuehel features the only traditional combined, which matches the downhill with both runs of slalom
- Kostelic was also third in slalom to overtake Austrian Marcel Hirscher for the overall World Cup by 30 points
- Hirscher straddled a gate in the second run and was disqualified
- It was also revealed that Hirscher also straddled a gate during his Zagreb win, but the victory will stand due to the late discovery
- The men's tour now moves to Schladming, Austria for the annual night slalom on Jan. 24
It was a fight with the snow and the weather, but this hill is always difficult. It was fun to watch and it was fun to be a part of.
The first run didn't feel all that good, but I stayed in a decent position and was able to come back and put together a decent second run. I'm still and up and coming guy, so there's a lot to look forward to.
This race is a classic and it feels amazing to score my first World Cup points at such an incredible place.
It was my first second run in a World Cup so the nerves were going for sure and the Kitzbuehel atmosphere just adds to that.
Now I just have to keep skiing fast and the points should continue to follow. I can't wait to go to Schladming next. It feels like your in the Super Bowl - it's a special experience to race there.
Universal Sports will air the Kitzbuehel slalom at 2 p.m. ET