Thomas Grandi of Canada won his second World Cup giant slalom in a three-day period yesterday, while Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., extended his lead in the overall standings...
FLACHAU, Austria — Thomas Grandi of Canada won his second World Cup giant slalom in a three-day period yesterday, while Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., extended his lead in the overall standings with a third-place finish.
Grandi overtook first-round leader Didier Cuche of Switzerland with a superb second run, finishing in a combined two-leg time of 2 minutes, 15.90 seconds.
The 31-year-old Grandi had never won a World Cup event before Sunday in Alta Badia, Italy.
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“After my win in Alta Badia, things went crazy,” Grandi said. “Interviews, celebrations, receptions, great fun, but not too good for my form.”
Cuche finished second, 0.15 behind Grandi and almost a second ahead of Miller, who had the second-fastest time in the second run and moved up from seventh after the first leg.
Miller stretched his World Cup lead over second-place Benjamin Raich of Austria to 352 points. Miller has 858 points after 14 races, Raich has 506 and third-place Hermann Maier of Austria has 479.
“Grandi and Cuche were absolute world class. They were invincible today,” Miller said. “No matter what we did, it seemed they always had a better reply.”
Grandi was the only skier to complete his second run down the fast course in under 1:08.
“That was the icing on the cake, my Christmas and birthday presents in one,” said Grandi, who turns 32 Monday.
Gerg captures Super-G
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Germany’s Hilde Gerg won her 20th World Cup race, taking the super-giant slalom on a course that has given her trouble in the past.
Gerg completed the Engiadina course in 1 minute, 14.95 seconds, for her second victory this season.
Lindsey Kildow of Vail, Colo., was second in 1:15.32.
Libby Ludlow of Bellevue crashed, but apparently was not hurt.
“She did something she never does — she leaned in and got on her inside ski,” coach Alex Hoedlmoser said. “I couldn’t believe it. All the years I’ve worked with Libby and I think she may have leaned in only one other time … but she’s fine, no injury.”
MILWAUKEE — Jennifer Rodriguez of Miami won the 500- and 1,000-meter races at the U.S. Long Track Sprint Speedskating Championships.
Rodriguez won in times of 39 seconds and 1 minute, 17.19 seconds.
Chris Witty of West Allis, Wis., was second in both races.
Joey Cheek of Greensboro, N.C., won the men’s 500 (35.94) and Nick Pearson of Vernon, Wis., took the 1,000 (1:10.44).
Competition continues today.