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Radamus 16th In Kranjska Gora Giant Slalom

By Mackenzie Moran
March, 12 2022
River Radamus
River Radamus competes during the first run of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup GS race in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, on March 12, 2022. (AFP via Getty Images-Jure Makovec)

River Radamus led the way for the American men to score his first points at the Kranjska Gora giant slalom, finishing 16th overall after making a few agile recoveries to stay in the mix. Tommy Ford followed suit, hanging on to finish 22nd in his return to the World Cup stage. 

Radamus, who sat a second off the pace after the first run in 11th, put up a big fight to hang on in the second run and in the first of the Kranjska Gora giant slalom series. While he wasn't quite happy with the way he skied in both runs, the 24-year-old is happy to have scored his first points at the legendary venue.

"I didn't feel like I skied up to my ability level on either run, really," said Radamus. "Left too much time out there, and skied a little too defensive I think. But I felt like I made some really good recoveries and walking away with points is always a good thing."

Ford, who made his official return to racing during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games after a long recovery from injury, was also satisfied with his point-scoring finish. 

"Overall I thought I skied pretty well and made some pretty big mistakes," commented Ford. "First run I didn't really quite get it going out of the start and really paid for it on a couple of gates. But my knee felt good throughout the run so I was able to build up some confidence as I went down. Kranjska is a great place to get back at it after not racing World Cup for a while. It's been a battle with the head, definitely some fear involved, but also some joy as well. I just need to lean into the joy part of it more." 

Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen took home the first win of the weekend, followed by fellow countryman, Lucas Braathen, who tied for second with Switzerland's Marco Odermatt.

American George Steffey did not finish his first run, while Patrick Kenney, Bridger Gile, and Brian McLaughlin did not qualify for a second run.

Men’s giant slalom

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Sunday, March 13, 2022
4:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Giant Slalom, run 2 - LIVE, Kranjska Gora, SLO, Streaming Peacock

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