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post #31 of 47

Daron!

Rahlves ripped his first run in the GS!
post #32 of 47
Rahlves ripped the second run too.....but couldn't catch the Hermanator. Rahlves takes home bronze.
post #33 of 47
Actually, Rahlves could not hold off the Herminator and Raich as he was in the lead after the first run. (Nitpick, I know!). I would be interested to know if anyone saw Daron's second run and if he had any issues other than one bobble as reported on the USSA site.
post #34 of 47
anyone got any insight into the rock that ripped up Bode's ski?

my experiences with inbedded rocks at those speeds have been very, very unpleasent. was the course that thin or was he off line?
post #35 of 47
Thread Starter 
Incidentally, it has probably not escaped notice that every single men's medal (12 so far) has been won on Atomic boots, bindings and skis. Indeed, every fourth place but one has also.
post #36 of 47
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Originally Posted by sjjohnston
Incidentally, it has probably not escaped notice that every single men's medal (12 so far) has been won on Atomic boots, bindings and skis. Indeed, every fourth place but one has also.
Looks like they've got themselves the best/richest marketing department then.:
post #37 of 47
Thread Starter 
US women 6-7-8 in slalom (and none of them named Koznick): Stiegler, Schleper, Mancuso. If it weren't for the whole medal thing, this would be considered a great team result.

The eight-medal goal pretty much comes down to Bode Miller in slalom, now.
post #38 of 47
Ligety was 4th in the combined slalom a week ago. He has won Europa and NorAm slaloms. Second at junior worlds last year. His best in world cup is 12th but he finished every world cup slalom he has entered(6), worst result 23rd. He will be the top US finisher in the slalom.
post #39 of 47
While Ligety has been very steady this season, I think both Bode and Tom Rothrock are faster than him and will do well. Tom has been on the verge of breaking through for a while now. I believe he will find tomorrow's race to be a perfect time to get on the podium. As you recall, he won the second run during the St.Moritz 03 world championships slalom.
post #40 of 47
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Originally Posted by Norefjell
While Ligety has been very steady this season, I think both Bode and Tom Rothrock are faster than him and will do well. Tom has been on the verge of breaking through for a while now. I believe he will find tomorrow's race to be a perfect time to get on the podium. As you recall, he won the second run during the St.Moritz 03 world championships slalom.
Ashes, ashes all fall down. The best man won, Benni Raich! We haven't seen the last of Ted Ligety though. Tom Rothrock's best results also are ahead of him. Bode Miller might even get some more slalom points before his career is over.
post #41 of 47
No question the best slalom skier won. Just finished watching the slalom and GS. Raich's fore and aft balance is superb. He has now finished all slaloms this year. That is impressive. The US was 0 for 4, that is not good. Some of that apparently due to having fallen too far back the first run and then having to take risks the entire way down in order to move up. As for the GS, we saw two fantastic runs, one by Daron and one by Raich. Thought that Daron looked passive from the start in the second run. A clear indicator as to how small the margins are and how difficult it is to win. Still impressed with his bronze medal, and his confidence in GS must me soaring. Looking for great GS races for him to come. As for Bode, did not hear anything about a rock damaging his ski. He was just a little too far in the back seat and totally overloaded his ski. Not even his athleticism could save that one.
post #42 of 47
Poor Bode, this 4 event skiing seems to have taken a major toll on his technical event skiing. He looks more discombobulated then I've seen him his entire WC career. Not over his skis well at all, constantly stuck in the back seat, timing not sharp, and now beginning to show the look of doubt and concern. Seems to be just getting worse in the technical events week to week. I hope it doesn't start to leach into his confidence, the race for the overall may become a struggle.
post #43 of 47
Unfortunatly, Bode looked the way Rick descirbed in his slalom run today as well and the result was the same, back seat and out. Consitancy is not there, and I think he will really have to change his apporach in the technical events. That said, he has shown a lot of maturity this year, and I am sure he will find a way to get back on track.
As far as the World Championships are concerned, the US did well as far as the medal count. I think the really bright spot are the women, Mancuso, Kildow and Stiegler, what incredibly bright future they have. With the older stars such as Clark, Koznick and Schleper providing the mature leadership, this team is really in good shape. On the mens side it development is not quite as good. Ligety continues to shine, Cochran's result is encouraging, but the age gap between those racers and the veterans such as Rahlves, Miller and Schlopy is huge. I keep waiting for Rothrock to step up. He was great a few years ago when he was winning Europa Cups, he was then beating Pranger and Karlsen. Both of those guys have won World Cups and hopefully Tom can find a way to get to the next step. What is fun though is that americans are competitive and the bar continues to be raised. Other countires are having a lot of problems with their recruiting and depend on their old stars to show results. Norway for example had the poorest Championships in 16 years. They are such as prime example as to how far you can go with funding and how much you can do when you have money to spend on a lot of athletes. Lots of money in the early 90's, result was great success in the years 1994-2002. Now with funding cutbacks, there are so few to take over from Aamodt and Kjus. So, relatively speacking, I think that whatever the US is doing, it is working reasonably well. Should be fun for the 2006 Olympics.
post #44 of 47
I think that even with some disappointments the Americans did really more than very well and they showed their potential for the future including the Olympics.
Considering the position of alpine racing in the successful or even some less successfull European countries (just take France or Norway as examples) the US results are trully excellent.
I would be a poor patriot not to mention the young lady Sarka Zahrobska (I´ve been watching her skiing since she was 10 and her father/coach is a good friend of mine).
She got bronze in SL, was 5th in combined and 10th in GS with the fastest 2nd run. For a 20-year-old (her birthday was exactly the day she got her medal) not bad.
Not that it makes our lives and/or our post-communist country better but I´m extremely glad for the dedicated family. It´s 90% its success, not of our Ski Association.
post #45 of 47
Checkracer, you have every reason to be proud of Sarka Zahrobska . She is a great talent with a bright future. Maybe you have also met one of my favorite coaches, Pavel Stastny. I had an opportunity to get to know him and really believe he is one of the best coaches I have ever met.
post #46 of 47
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Originally Posted by Norefjell
Checkracer, you have every reason to be proud of Sarka Zahrobska . She is a great talent with a bright future. Maybe you have also met one of my favorite coaches, Pavel Stastny. I had an opportunity to get to know him and really believe he is one of the best coaches I have ever met.
Thanks for the praise. She´s a good girl. They had a private press conference today, they enjoy their time and TV coverage. We had a longer talk with her mother who unfortunately broke her leg in December and has to stay at home just watching TV, exchanged both some tech talk and jokes with the father Papa Zahrobsky and Sarka (I promised her to have my SG skis with me each time we meet on the hill since last she invited me to train some SGs with them but with no SG skis I had to refuse - now it will be an experience to ski with a medalist and see how many seconds she will be faster ) and I inspected her new GS skis which should be one of the keys to her excellent GS.
Did you know her father/coach is a Kostelic-like non-skier who never raced himself and started as a ski layman? The renowned ex-racers and coaches in this country gave him a hard time refusing to take him and his strictly individual training seriously. Now he´s having his satisfaction: they never produced an internationally successful top racer - he did.

Pavel Stastny!!! I mentioned him about two weeks ago in some other thread here. Sure I know him and I have his mail address at SMS.
I will have to mail him your post.
Incidentally, it´s a shame and pity the Czechs couldn´t offer him some decent terms when he first came back from Stratton in the 90´s. He stayed just a year or so and then, disappointed, he went back.
Good for him, bad for the Czech alpine racing.
post #47 of 47
Thread Starter 
Another way of looking at the World Championship results:

If it had been scored on the World Cup scoring system (though it isn't):

340 Raich
214 Svindal
200 Miller
190 Walchhofer
166 Rahlves
164 Maier
120 Rocca
116 Defago
112 Schoenfelder
87 Kernen

In other words, if the World Championships did count toward the World Cup, Raich would now be in the lead, 1338 to 1293.

On the women's side:
315 Paerson
300 Kostelic
181 Mancuso
160 Poutiainen
131 Zahrobska
129 Kildow
91 Fanchini
90 Zettel
86 Ertl
83 Jacquemod

And, just for the sake of completeness, Nation's Cup scoring would've been:

Men: Austria (922), USA (466), Switzerland (410)
Women: Sweden (509), USA (494), Austria (418)
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