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Men’s World Cup Giant Slalom, Soelden, Austria, Oct. 27, 2013 (skis/boots/bindings)

1 Ligety, Head/Head/Head (.79 sec margin)

2 Pinturault, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

3 Hirscher, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

4 Missillier, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

4 Svindal, Head/Head/Head

6 Sandell, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

7 Fanara, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

8 Richard, Head/Head/Head

9 Faivre, Head/Head/Head

10 Schoerghofer, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

 

Women’s World Cup Giant Slalom, Soelden, Austria, Oct. 26, 2013 (skis/boots/bindings)

1 Gut, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

2 Zettel, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

3 Rebensburg, Nordica/Nordica/Marker

4 Fenninger, Head/Head/Head

5 Weirather, Atomic/Tecnica/Atomic

6 Shiffrin, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

7 Pietilae-Holmner, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

8 Lindell-Vikarby, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

9 Gisin, Dynastar/Lange/Marker

10 Gagnon, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

 

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Aren't Salomon and Atomic ski the same with different paint jobs?

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It's worth noting that Lara Gut's winning margin was equally impressive: 0.87 seconds over Zettel, padding her first run lead of 0.70 seconds. Last year's dominant force on the women's circuit, Tina Maze, finished 3.05 second behind Gut, finishing 18th - not the kind of result you would expect from a skier who simply crushed the field last season. Additionally, France's Tessa Worley, another consistent top finisher last season, finished in 21st, 3.31 seconds behind Gut.

 

Julia Mancuso was the only other U.S. finisher, barely qualifying for a second run (she was 31st in the first run, but moved up due to a Japanese skier being DQed for non-standard equipment). She had a top-5 time in the second run, though so much damage had been done in the morning that she only moved up to 27th, 3.69 seconds behind Gut.

 

In the men's race, Bode Miller finished 19th after sitting in 13th after the first run. His second run looked a bit cautious, with a line that was too high and conservative and turns that weren't as clean as they could be. He also looked a little fatigued by the end of the run - or had simply dialed back his intensity, sensing too much time lost. Still, he finished in the points for the day, 3.29 seconds behind Ted. 

 

Tim Jitloff finished in 20th after sitting in 9th after run number one. Jit got bucked around on the second course, nearly blowing out three times, and even though he made up some ground in the finish flat, the damage was done, ending up 3.31 seconds behind Ted.

 

Worth noting in the men's race is that the French team had a huge concentration of skiers in the top 10: Pinturault (2nd), Missillier (4th), Fanara (7th), Richard (8th), and Faivre (9th). The Italian team looked really shaky today, with Max Blardone (who only races GS) finishing 17th and looking like he still hasn't figured out the 35m skis, and Moelgg and Eisath in 25th and 26th, also looking like the 25m sidecut isn't their demitasse of espresso.

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Aren't Salomon and Atomic ski the same with different paint jobs?

 

Essentially, yes - different tuning crews, tho.

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It was nice see good coverage on TV.  Also amazing that all you had to do was look at the angulation both Ligety and Gut achieved and you could see who would win.

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In the men's race, Bode Miller finished 19th after sitting in 13th after the first run. His second run looked a bit cautious, 

 

That sounds unusual. Makes me feel old.

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It was nice see good coverage on TV.  Also amazing that all you had to do was look at the angulation both Ligety and Gut achieved and you could see who would win.

 

"Good coverage on TV" only if you have cable. If you're OTA like me, you have to find ways to watch the skiing on outlets like EuroSport. 

 

(If Universal Sports is reading this: you could be making some bonus money by offering a subscription service for FIS Skiing, like you do for the Tour de France. Just sayin'...)

 

And yes, Ligety and Gut were working the angles better than the others - no contest. The only team that came close to this, as a group, was the French men's team, all of whom seem to be putting the right pieces in the proper order. And as I suggested earlier, the Italians seem to have taken a few steps back - as has the "one-woman-army" of Tina Maze, who just looked out of it this weekend.

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Pinturault skied great & could be a threat, the dude has rubberband legs!

Great to see Gut finally put it all together & it appears Schiffrin is just getting warmed up.

 

On another note with the state of race coverage in this country & the fact that most of the WC races take place in the wee hours would it be to much to ask that we at least leave the results out of the thread title?  I have learned to try not to open facebook on race weekends, but now I am thinking that I need to turn of my phone, TV, computer & have no contact with the outside world till after I have viewed the event.  I pulled it off this weekend & it sure made the race more exciting & fun to view.

 

Thanks in advance :) .

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