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Thomas Grandi wins!

post #1 of 18
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A super nice guy who has been at it for years...
http://www.eurosport.com/home/pages/...to668278.shtml
post #2 of 18
That's great! Also Jean-Phillippe Roy got his best world cup result yet, 5th place. James Cochran got his first world cup points with 14th place. Congratulations to Grandi for his first win and the other racers who had their best day today and the Canadian men's ski team for it's best result in a while!
post #3 of 18
That's great news! Good for Grandi and Canada!
post #4 of 18
Bode skis over a rock?? Sounds like Europe is experiencing the same snow drought most of the US is.
post #5 of 18
Good for him! I guess if there is such a thing as a "journeyman" on the World Cup, he would be a lead man. Dissappointed that US Ski website did not make mention of this
being his 1st win. Years ago saw a guy loading a four wheel "railroad" baggage cart full with ski bags at Calgary airport. It was Grandi, coming back from Europe. Damn, he had alot of gear! Gave us a Grandi/Rossi postcard...still with the same company.
post #6 of 18

Wooo Hoooo!!!!

Wooo Hooo!!!

What a day for Canadian ski racing!!! Way to be Thomas / JP!!!!

post #7 of 18
Forgot to give props to Daron Rahlves who also had his best GS result, eighth. Grandi is tied for third now in GS! Only twenty points behind defending champ Bode Miller.
post #8 of 18
Could not happen to a nicer guy. It has been a long time coming. Very well done on a very challenging hill. Hope this is what he needs to stay up at that level. He can win slaloms also and hopefully pull some of the younger guys like JP up there with him.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by Norefjell
Could not happen to a nicer guy. It has been a long time coming. Very well done on a very challenging hill. Hope this is what he needs to stay up at that level. He can win slaloms also and hopefully pull some of the younger guys like JP up there with him.
Nice piece at skiracing.com. Of course he is stoked about winning, but he seems as happy about how his win will help his teammates realize their potential. That's really nice, he is a real team leader. It's not really a team sport, but a guy like that can really help the whole canadian program.
post #10 of 18
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He just did it again, this time in the Herminators home town. Beat Bode by a second to take the overall lead in the GS Cup!

He was second after the first run in a race last year. A rough second run dropped him back to ninth. When I talked to him at Sestriere the disappointment from that race was obvious. I think he knew he could do it, just had to get his confidence rolling. He is defying the old adage that talented skiers win early and no amount of work will get a second tier racer to the top.

Great race by Daren Rahlves, finishing right up there too. They said his GS looked great this summer, it just took a few races to get it down.
post #11 of 18
Ken Read promised to turn the Canadian team around and help the racers excel and with Grandi's 2 wins and strong finishes from both the men's and women's teams, Read is delivering on his promise.

Not to take away from Grandi, but I wonder if Bode has any regrets about leaving Rossignol for Atomic? A couple of weeks ago, Bode said that Rossi has the fastest GS skis out there.

Congrats to Grandi!
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Originally Posted by SkiNut
Not to take away from Grandi, but I wonder if Bode has any regrets about leaving Rossignol for Atomic? A couple of weeks ago, Bode said that Rossi has the fastest GS skis out there.
Regrets? Bode's leading the World cup standings by over 300 points!
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by SkiNut
Not to take away from Grandi, but I wonder if Bode has any regrets about leaving Rossignol for Atomic? A couple of weeks ago, Bode said that Rossi has the fastest GS skis out there.
Maybe, but racers on Atomic placed 2nd through 5th in this race, Not to mention Bode has also won 2 GS's this season. I'd say that Grandi is winning because he is skiing exceptionally well at the moment rather than winning because he is on Rossi.

Looks good, eh? A Canadian and and American placing 1 & 2 on top of the GS standings! Take that Austria!!!!
post #14 of 18
Ken Read had nothing to do with TG winning. It just took TG this long to get two runs together, he has always been fast.
post #15 of 18
He's on a roll and skis some damn fine slalom. I think that means another chance for gold tomorrow.

Gave his first win bib to some kid that predicted it the first day. Guess that's why he needed to win the second so he could hang on to the souvenir.
post #16 of 18
What a week for Canadian ski racing!!

Thomas deserves all the credit for his wins, and years of determination and hard work on the WC circuit. IMHO it has nothing to do with Ken Read or Rossignol..

A tip of the hat to Paul Stutz as well for finishing 5th and 2nd in two seperate Europa Cup slaloms this past week...
post #17 of 18
You done good, partner.
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