PyeongChang Winter Olympics Update: Goepper earns Silver in Slopestyle, Cochran-Siegle 11th in GS

Hirscher wins again; fan-favorites Kenworthy, Ligety come up short on podium expectations.

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Calm winds and a warm sun set the course for a great day of GS racing at Yongpyong Alpine Center. Four Americans competed, including “Mr. GS” Ted Ligety. Ligety, Tommy Ford, and Ryan Cochran-Siegle all found their way into the top-30 after the first run, but Cochran-Siegle, of Starksboro, Vt., had the best second run of his professional career,  moving from 21st to T-11th. He was the top American finisher.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle looks back on Run 2
Ryan Cochran-Siegle looks back after his first run.Photo credit: Crystal Sagan

“That was the best I’ve ever performed in this type of atmosphere,” Cochran-Siegle told SKI Magazine after the race. “It was awesome to see the green light crossing the finish, and the crowd was into it too.”

Ligety, who would end up in 15th overall, said afterwards: “It was a bad day to have an off day. I couldn’t find the speed and the legs, and that’s just how it goes sometimes.”

Current World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher, of Austria, put on a demonstration for the other competitors on how race. He put down the two fastest runs of the day and won his second gold medal of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen was 1.27 seconds behind in second, and Alexis Pinturault of France rounded out the podium 1.31 seconds behind Hirscher for bronze. See full results here.

The men take to the slalom course this Thursday in Korea (Wednesday night in the USA).

Men’s Slopestyle

Over at the Phoenix Snow Park, the Americans came in as the defending gold, silver, and bronze medalists from Sochi, hoping to leave with just as much hardware this time around. The men came out swinging at Phoenix Snow Park on Sunday, and Americans Nick Goepper and Gus Kenworthy made it through qualifications in fifth and seventh, respectively. Finals were dominated by Norway’s Oystein Braaten, who scored 95.00 on his first run, and would remain the top score for the entire competition. Nick Goepper, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., put together his third and final run for a score of 93.60, which was enough to take second and push Canada’s Alex Beaulieu-Marchand into third.

Fan-favorite Gus Kenworthy, of Telluride, Colo., wasn’t able to put together a full run, and finished with a 12th place result. See full results here.

The men’s halfpipe competition will take place on Thursday in Korea (Wednesday night in North America). Check out who we’ll be watching here.

Catch up on all the SKImag.com Olympics events here.