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Radamus Top Ten in Val d’Isére

By Sierra Ryder - Stifel U.S. Ski Team
December, 9 2023
Radamus lands a top ten in first giant slalom of season. (Getty Images).

On Saturday’s men’s giant slalom in Val d’Isére, Stifel U.S. Ski Team athlete River Radamus secured a 10th place result in the first men’s giant slalom of the season. 

It was a difficult giant slalom race across the board with over 20 racers not finishing the first run. The course's first run set was turny and difficult to keep a rhythm. Many of the world’s best had trouble making it down the course clean. 

“Val d’Isére is the most challenging and demanding giant slalom of the circuit so it was a tough welcome back to the circuit,” said Radamus.

Radamus ran bib 16 and landed in the 10th spot after run one. The swiss skier, Marco Odermatt, continued his dominant skiing, both run one and two up over a second from the rest of the field. The second run was just as tricky for the skiers. However Radamus skied a clean line making it to the finish without hesitation. He ended up in 10th place for his first giant slalom of the season. 

“It was awesome to get one under the belt and to come away with the top ten was great,” said Radamus. “I wasn't thrilled with either of my runs and I have a lot of work to ski the way I know I can on race day but still happy with the top ten.”

Swiss phenom Marco Odermatt won the race by almost a second, Marco Schwarz of Austria took second place and Andorra’s Joan Verdu landed his first Word Cup podium in third, he also secured Andorra’s first World Cup podium in any winter Olympic sport. 

Stifel U.S. Ski Team member George Steffey did not qualify for the second run. Tommy Ford, Brian McLaughlin, Isaiah Nelson and Patrick Kenney also raced but they did not finish the first run. 

The next men’s giant slalom will be in Alta Badia, Italy Dec. 17-18. The men’s slalom team will hit the Val d’Isére slope next on Sunday. 


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HOW TO WATCH (Times in ET)

3:30 a.m. - Val d’Isére World Cup, men’s slalom, run 1,

6:30 a.m. - Val d’Isére World Cup, men’s slalom, run 2,