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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Perhaps a bit down-to-the-wire for this (I'm watching the DH on live-timing as I type this) but here goes:

A) What's your prediction for each discipline for M and W?

B) Which region will bring home the cup?

My predictions

DH -
Men: Miller with Worm on or close to the podium. (I'm hoping his skis aren't still lost)
Women: Cook

SG
Men: Miller
Women: Richardson

GS
Men: Ligety
Women: Mancuso

SL
Men: Ligety
Women: Steigler

Cup: Rocky (but my heart goes with the East)
post #2 of 19
My sentimental favorites were John Love and Rory Casey (local boys), but I have to be impressed with J-Lo's current position at 15th, just behind Bode (12) and Ted (13).

These races are so hard to predict, with veterans turning in sub-peak performances after a season of World Cup grind and newcomers looking to prove something. I wouldn't be suprised if Jitloff and Cochran did something in the tech events.

I'll be gatekeeping for the GSs on Monday and Tuesday, and the length alone might make for some interesting results. Hopefully they put me in an interesting (but sunny) section.
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 

Way To Go Worm!!!

Nice run for Jeremy. He's a nice guy. It's great to see him on the podium (twice!!!)

He's our local guy.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by Alaska Mike View Post
My sentimental favorites were John Love and Rory Casey (local boys), but I have to be impressed with J-Lo's current position at 15th, just behind Bode (12) and Ted (13).

These races are so hard to predict, with veterans turning in sub-peak performances after a season of World Cup grind and newcomers looking to prove something. I wouldn't be suprised if Jitloff and Cochran did something in the tech events.

I'll be gatekeeping for the GSs on Monday and Tuesday, and the length alone might make for some interesting results. Hopefully they put me in an interesting (but sunny) section.
Mike, you don't think there is some points gratis going on here!

Brandenburg a junior, beat Bode & Ligety in DH. And Mccartney beat them both by 1/2 second or so.

I mean Will is a hell of a skier and had a great year, but............
post #5 of 19
Bode got his first look at the downhill course the day of the race, since his skis didn't show up on time. A lot of those kids had raced the same course the day before in the FIS downhill.

I can't speak for them, but I would think a national title doesn't have the same significance as a globe or an Olympic medal. They're in the middle of ski testing for next season, are ready for some downtime after this season, and may not be firing on all cylinders. Their place on the team is pretty much assured at this point, so why risk everything (in typical Bode and Ted style) if there's no real payback? Nyman threw his skis sideways before the finish of the FIS downhill. I don't think anyone did the same at the Championship race, but I also don't think they pushed it all that hard.

I remember Bill Marolt had to pull Bode by his ears last time to get him to come last time Nationals was here, and even then he wasn't happy about being there.

At any rate, I'm looking forward to the rest of the races and seeing who comes out on top.
post #6 of 19
Jimmy defended his slalom title today, with Ted and Bode rounding out the top 3. It must have been a real cranker of a course, given the number of DQs and DNFs. Bode had the 2nd fastest 2nd run, just behind TJ Lanning.
post #7 of 19
Whoops, I meant that Jimmy took the title from Ted. Jimmy won the SL and GS titles the last time National was up here.
post #8 of 19
Thoughts on Bode's SL result? Was it a legitimate improvement and effort to finish, or was it just that he figured the Nationals aren't a huge deal and backed off his aggression a bit?
post #9 of 19
The slalom hill doesn't have that much of what you'd call a pitch (by World Cup standards), although it did look like a serious number of DQs on the first run. I'd say he's finding his rhythm and the course and conditions worked in his favor. He certainly made a jump from his late start number to the third step on the podium.
post #10 of 19

I wanna see

Are the Nationals going to be televised anywhere?
post #11 of 19
I think it's going to be on VS on the 7th, but I could be wrong.
post #12 of 19
I did not realize that Bode's SL points were that high (39.07). I thought he had at least two finishes this year, but I guess not. Must have been fun for some of those young kids who got to start ahead of him. I remember Nationals in 1999 where he hiked the first run and started the second run dead last and then promptly won that run.
post #13 of 19

Spoiler?

Just dropping in to say how pleased we are here in Jackson Hole to see Resi Stiegler win NOT ONE BUT TWO National Championships.

She would probably have to have been considered the favorite for the slalom, but I doubt that very many people saw the GS win coming. It's great to see her continuing to improve.
post #14 of 19
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Just dropping in to say how pleased we are here in Jackson Hole to see Resi Stiegler win NOT ONE BUT TWO National Championships.

She would probably have to have been considered the favorite for the slalom, but I doubt that very many people saw the GS win coming. It's great to see her continuing to improve.

Well, since it's in ink above, Yeah.. I didn't expect her to beat Julia in the GS. Especially after the first run. Kudos to her. She really put the hammer down.
post #15 of 19
I was gatekeeping around a bunch of US Team coaches (who kept getting in my way), and we all noticed how Julia's skis just weren't working on the second run. She wasn't all that clean on the first run, so a lot of people were suprised when she won that run.
post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hey, Mike!

So what was with all the DNF's on the men's second run of the GS?

And, did you bribe Bode away with refreshments? "Hey, Bode. I got some beers in the back of my car. Why don't you start, and I'll meet you when the race is over?"

C'mon, now. Confess!

(JK - I'm sure he had a good reason for not doing the second run.)
post #17 of 19
If Bode has a good reason, nobody but him knew about it. Coaches, race officials, teammates... nobody knew where he was. Maybe he was just afraid of the course. I certainly was. So far he's two for two up here with making a bad impression.

That course (both runs) was a technical, cranky, steep, fallaway, and loooooong ride. A lot went down midway, where the courses transitioned from the Don's Run section to the Steilhang section. It's a real kicker of a pitch, and I was stationed right above it playing gate keeper. I was about 90% accurate on predicting the DNFs in that section based on how they looked when they passed me. If they looked rough, chances are they were going to get a close look at the fence.

Fun fun fun...
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by BobHarwood View Post
And, did you bribe Bode away with refreshments? "Hey, Bode. I got some beers in the back of my car. Why don't you start, and I'll meet you when the race is over?"
(JK - I'm sure he had a good reason for not doing the second run.)
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Alaska Mike: If Bode has a good reason, nobody but him knew about it. Coaches, race officials, teammates... nobody knew where he was. Maybe he was just afraid of the course. I certainly was. So far he's two for two up here with making a bad impression.
I don't think he was afraid since he manages Kitz in DH, but wonder if it wasn't that stomach flu that is going around?

Ligety, who has been the men's combined gold medalist for three straight years (and slalom champion in 2005 and a year ago), led the first run and had the second-fastest final run to win in 2:22.34. He caught a break of sorts in the second run when defending GS champion Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH), second in the first run, became sick and didn't race to defend his title, while Erik Fisher (Middleton, ID) - third in the first run - was a DNF in his second run.

Here's a better quote about them crazy Alaska folks. No wonder Lolly moved up there
Quote:
Phil McNichol: "Alyeska just did such a kickass job. The community here is so passionate and they turned out in force to help keep things in the best shape.
- Fossil
post #19 of 19
If that stomach flu comes by the pint at the Double Musky, I heard Bode might have caught a few during his stay.

Ted was wiped out from heliskiing the previous day, but still managed to put on a good show and keep the kids at bay. I was suprised when Jimmy and Jit went down, but I guess that's racing.

I saw Lolly yesterday at the Race Training Center, so she's still right in there with the rest of us nuts.
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