January 27, 2007
KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA - (USST News Bureau Release) - Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) finished 15th Saturday with Jimmy Cochran (Keene, NH) 19th in a snowy World Cup slalom won by Sweden's Jens Byggmark. Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) missed a gate and, after hiking back, lost a ski in the first run.
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Byggmark earned his first World Cup victory in 1:43.74 while Ligety finished in 1:45.93. Cochran's time was 1:46.13.
"It snowed pretty much consistently through both runs. It lightened a bit at a couple of points, and (the organizers) did a great job of preparing everything. If we were to have had the Hahnenkamm (downhill) today, we wouldn't have had the Hahnenkamm today because the upper part of the course was socked in," Head Coach Phil McNichol said. "It was a dry, cold wintry day...and who can complain about snow this year in Europe?"
McNichol said he's up a tree about the disparity between the men's slalom training and what they've shown this season in races. "We had a great camp in Paganella (Italy - the men's Europe training base in the Dolomites) and then two days in Ultental with the Swedes and other teams, and we came in here with a great preparation...but I don't get it. We'll certainly be addressing this with the guys, and having another slalom here tomorrow gives us another shot at getting it done."
The snow drought in central Europe meant organizers had to reschedule the traditional Hahnenkamm festivities. Saturday's slalom was from Wengen, Switzerland, and the weekend concludes Sunday with the customary Kitzbuehel slalom, followed Tuesday by the annual nighttime slalom in Schladming before everyone heads to Are, Sweden, for the opening of the Alpine World Championships; the first race - the men's super G - is Saturday.
For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?cal_suchsector=AL&event_id=22084.