Radamus 12th in World Championships Giant Slalom
On Friday’s World Championships giant slalom, River Radamus led the way for the Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team with a 12th place finish. Radamus notably the third fastest on his second run.
“I was disappointed in my first run, did not feel like I pushed hard enough,” said Radamus. “I realized I had nothing to lose so I laid it all out on my second run.”
First run was very difficult conditions with an extremely icy track and long course, leading to fatigue and mistakes by many skiers causing large gaps from the winning time. Almost five seconds separated first place and 30th. On second run the time gaps closed a little making room for both Radamus and U.S. skier Brian McLaughlin to make moves up the results list.
The new giant slalom World Champion crown went to Swiss skier Marco Odermatt, who now has two gold medals from these races. Second place went to fellow teammate Loic Meillard and third place went to Austrian skier Marco Schwarz.
Stifel U.S. Alpine Ski Team athlete Tommy Ford also raced; he did not finish second run.
Now Radamus, Ford and McLaughlin will prepare for the Stifel Palisades Tahoe Cup giant slalom, part of the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, later this month.
“I am really excited, never raced at Palisades before and I have been missing racing for a home crowd so I can’t wait to go put on a show,” said Radamus.
The final men’s event for World Championships is the slalom on Sunday.
HOW TO WATCH
Saturday, Feb. 18
2:30 p.m. - women's giant slalom - NBC*
Sunday, Feb. 19
3:00 p.m. - women's slalom - NBC*