Macartney Leads U.S. in Val d'Isere DH


January 20, 2007
VAL D'ISERE, FRANCE - (USST News Bureau Release) - Scott Macartney (Redmond, WA) was 19th and Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) 20th Saturday in a World Cup downhill while Bode Miller (Bretton Woods, NH) and Steven Nyman (Provo, UT) failed to finish. will broadcast same-day video streaming at 6 p.m. ET.

In a race shifted from Chamonix because of a lack of snow, Macartney's time was 1:57.54 with Sullivan one-hundredth of a second behind his teammate on the 3.15K Oreiller Killy speed run. Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin of France won with a time of 1:56.37. Canadians Erik Guay and Manuel Osborne-Paradis completed the podium.

"Nice day for France and Canada, but tough day, some bad luck for our guys," said Head Coach Phil McNichol. "I'm surprised they pulled it off with such good conditions. Nice, sunny day and right around zero (Celsius, 32 F.) after soggy, rainy day yesterday and no second training run...but they did a good job.

"Bode and Steven made tactical errors, but 'Mac' and 'Sully' were only a half-second out of the top 10, which was pretty impressive. We had only one training run and that was in minimal conditions...and then we had a training run at the top this morning - from the start to where we ran Thursday, so we could race from the top. So," he said, "it was a little bit of a two-step, kind of like what we did in Kitzbuehel (Austria) for the Hahnenkamm a couple of years ago.

"I thought JJ (Johnson - Park City, who was 38th) was going to break in there; he'd had a good training run, but it wasn't to be. And the young guys (Erik Fisher - Middleton, ID, who was 43rd, and Chris Beckmann - Guilderland, NY, who was 41st) did a good job for their minimal time on the course. They hung in there, which is good for them..."

The men race a super combined - a downhill and one run of slalom - Sunday and then head to Kitzbuehel for the 67th Hahnenkamm Race Weekend.

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