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Travis Ganong: Anatomy of a winning turn (2013 US Nationals at Squaw Valley)

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This is a turn where I believe Travis Ganong won the Super-G at the US Nationals at Squaw.  The red gate is just below the EasyStreet-a green cat-track crossing he course.  Everyone just went flying off that feature and landed way down the red flag.  Ganon pre-jumped it, landed very high and was able to start the turn way early and was able to cary a lot of speed out of the blue gate.  A perfect combination of experience and terrain knowledge.  Congratulations to the local Squaw skier on a perfect run.  

 

For comparison, here is another top-seeded competitor in the same turn:


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I was watching from the bottom so I couldn't see the prejump-but most of the racers carried a lot of air coming off easy street, Travis had no air that I could see from the bottom. I guess there are no training runs in Super G--makes all the difference I guess. It wasn't only at Easy Street that he gained time--I believe he had the fastest speed at the gun up top.

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Saw this on TV this afternoon.  He definitely was the best in that section.  They said that the women only got to "inspect" the course, so couldnt really evaluate it at speed.  Assume that was true for men. How about the 6' 7" guy?

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6'7' guy is Bryce Bennett, another local USSki team member. He won the junior competition in SuperG. I chatted with him on a chair once last year. Super nice guy.
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