Originally Posted by wamcki09
I hope you all saw the SL race today. Nolan Kasper has asserted himself as the best SL skier in the USA hands down. Just an amazing athlete who, despite hip surgery 3 months ago, being hospitalized 2 days ago for a flu type sickness, AND having this be his first start of the season, finished 4th. As a good friend of him I am quite proud, as a fan of american ski racing I am quite excited for this season and to see the sort of damage we can do in Europe!
Nolan's been great since the last half of last year (ok all of last year, he won the Europa Cup SL title!). Great person too. Still, Brandenberg has been faster all year (handily won 2 NorAms in the last couple weeks over a world-class field), he just needs to get to the bottom. I'll be more excited for WC SL when they get onto a difficult hill. With Colorado snow and a flat hill, it's hard to take too much from Beaver Creek SL (and to some extent, GS).
Still, a great day, and a great race. Ivo showing himself to be ready for the meat of the season (especially in SL), Hirscher skiing well coming off injury, and the Americans skiing well, it's going to be a great next couple months.