Radamus 10th, Ford 15th in Alta Badia
The Stifel U.S. Alpine Team tech men had a strong showing at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup in Alta Badia on Monday with River Radamus leading the way in 10th place. Tommy Ford had a speedy second run and ended up in 15th place.
“It was a good step in the right direction,” said Radamus. “This is a really special hill for me. I always want to come and perform here.”
The day’s winner was Swiss skier Marco Odermatt, who continued his streak of being on the podium in every giant slalom race this season. In second place was Norwegian Henrik Kristofferson, and in third Zan Kranjec of Slovenia.
The conditions were noticeably difficult today. The racers that started further back had more trouble maintaining speed, as seen by the first run time intervals. Regardless, if the racers were able to make it down without too many mistakes, cracking top 30 was possible. The sun came out to shine on the second run and the crowds filtered in, and the surface was noticeably better than first run, making for a very tight race.
“First run, I just didn’t feel the flow of the course, but second run I did not want to leave anything out there so I charged as hard as I could,” said Radamus. “I’m very satisfied with today’s race.”
George Steffey and Brian McLaughlin did not qualify for a second run.
The giant slalom men will now prepare for the next race in Adelboden. Meanwhile, the next World Cup event will be slalom on Dec. 22nd in Madonna di Campiglio before the holiday break.
Men's giant slalom