Jean-Baptiste Grange made it two World Cup wins in a row Tuesday (Jan. 24) by claiming the night slalom at Schladming on a smokey, softening course amidst 45,000 thousand Austrian fans with air horns and flares.
The Frenchman etched an excellent second run down the Planai stadium course to register the fourth fastest run of the second heat and knock two Swedes off the top steps. Andre Myhrer, the first run leader, and teammate Mattias Hargin, second after the first, wound up second and third respectively.
“To win at Schladming was one of my main career objectives,” Grange said. “It is a dream to win here. I have often had a bit of luck at Kitzbuehel, but not so often here.”
Italian Manfred Moelgg posted fourth while tour leader Ivica Kostelic skied a conservative second run to place fifth and strengthen his lead for the overall title. He now leads Silvan Zurbriggen by 432pts.
American Nolan Kasper, 29th after the first run, attacked in the second heat registering the second fastest run of the night and finished 13th, one placing ahead of Canada’s top finisher Mike Janyk.
“Starting two (in the second run) I went out there and just tried to charge as hard as I could,” said Kasper.
Ted Ligety was 19th and Dave Chodounsky 22nd for the U.S. while Canada also had Trevor White in 23rd and Paul Stutz in 25th.
The lack of ice seemed to have the biggest effect on the hosting Austrians who had looked poised to move into the podium positions after the first run with four skiers in the top 10, but Reinfried Herbst was a DNF and Marcel Hirscher was disqualifed for a mishap at the tail end of the course. Manfred Pranger fell back to 12th place and only Benjamin Raich held on to a top 10 spot finishing ninth. It was the worst Austrian finish at Schladming since the night race was instituted 14 seasons ago.
The Swedes not only got the two podium placing but also had Axel Baeck in sixth and Jens Byggmark with the fastest second run scoring seventh.
American Bode Miller did not start electing to rest and prepare for the World Championships starting at Garmisch, Germany Feb 6. He will skip next weekend’s events at Chamonix, France.
by Hank McKee
Men’s night slalom, Schladming Austria, Jan. 25, 2011
1 Grange, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
2 Myhrer, Nordica/Nordica/
3 Hargin, Nordica/Nordica/
4 Moelgg, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
5 Kostelic, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
6 Baeck, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
7 Byggmark, Voelkl/Tecnica/Marker
8 Deville, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
9 Raich, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
10 Yuasa, Hart//Look
Men’s World Cup night slalom, Schladming, Austria, Jan. 25, 2011. … It is the 24th scheduled race of the 2011 men’s 39 race World Cup slate, the 22nd held. … It is the seventh of ten scheduled slaloms and the fifth of the month of January. … It is the 33rd Cup race hosted by Schladming. … the 17th slalom.
It is the ninth career World Cup victory for Jean-Baptiste Grange. … the eighth in slalom. … It is his third win of the season and second in three days. … It is his first win at Schladming. … He had been second in 2008.
It is the eighth career World Cup podium for Andre Myhrer. … and his second at Schladming having placed third in 2005. … It is his third podium of the season having won at Zagreb and placing second at Levi.
It is the second career World Cup podium result from Mattias Hargin, both third place slalom finishes and both this season the other coming at Zagreb.
It is the third career World Cup scoring result for Nolan Kasper his second in three days and his second at Schladming. … It is his second best result, by one place. … Michael Janyk matches his 29th best career result. … It is his fifth best finish at Schladming. … It is his fourth score of the season. … Ted Ligety matches his 34th best World Cup slalom result. … the result matches his fourth best at Schladming. … It is his third best slalom result of the season. … It is the third career World Cup scoring result for David Chodounsky, all of them in slalom and all scored this January. … It is the eighth career World Cup score for Trevor White, all in slalom … the fourth of the season. … It is the eighth World Cup scoring result for Paul Stutz. … and second in three days. … He had not scored previously since 2008.
Ivica Kostelic (5th in race) leads the World Cup overall standings 1075-643 over Silvan Zurbriggen (17th in race). … Aksel Lund Svindal (did not race) is third with 585pts. … Ted Ligety is the top American in ninth place with 434pts. … Erik Guay the top Canadian in 33rd with 145pts. … Kostelic leads the slalom standings 478-382 over Grange. … Myhrer is third with 333pts. … Michael Janyk is the top Canadian in 14th with 127pts. … Ted Ligety the top American in 23rd with 65pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 3635-2475 over Switzerland. … Italy is third with 1886. … The U.S. is eighth with 991pts and Canada ninth with 873pts.
|Rank||Bib||FIS Code||Name||Year||Nation||Run 1||Run 2||Total Time||FIS Points|
|Disqualified 2nd run|
|Disqualified 1st run|
|Did not start 1st run|
|Did not qualify 1st run|
|72||30149||SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier||1980||ARG|
|59||421669||HAUGEN Leif Kristian||1987||NOR|
|55||192504||MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas||1984||FRA|
|Did not finish 2nd run|
|Did not finish 1st run|
|60||193967||MUFFAT JEANDET Victor||1989||FRA|
|25||421400||MYHRE Lars Elton||1984||NOR|