U.S. hopes not so high for Saturday’s slalom
Dartmouth College grad Andrew Weibrecht scored a shocking silver medal in super-G and teammate Bode Miller, of Franconia, N.H., held on to share the bronze.
Oh yeah, Saturday’s men’s slalom.
This final event is must-watch only for Austrians, Germans and Norwegians.
America’s history in the Olympic slalom is more like “The Gates of Wrath.”
The slalom is finicky in that it requires fast-twitch muscles and uncompromising dedication.
Great slalom skiers are either young and/or dedicated almost exclusively to the sport. Ingemar Stenmark and Alberto Tomba, the best slalom skiers of all time, didn’t race downhill or super-giant slalom.
Miller started as a slalom expert, winning five World Cup races before 2004. He hasn’t won a slalom race since.
He wanted to ski all five events in his last Olympics but pulled out of the slalom after finishing 20th in Wednesday’s GS.
“This is pretty aggressive stuff for the lower legs,” Miller said.
Ligety is entered in the slalom but, you’d be surprised to know, isn’t a leading medal contender.
Ligety has since focused more on super-G and GS, an event he has dominated for eight years.
America’s most consistent slalom skier is veteran David Chodounsky, a former NCAA champion from Dartmouth who has two top-10 finishes this year.
He will be pressed by Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen, who at 19 can become the youngest winner of a men’s Olympic Alpine event.
Also in the field are 2006 Olympic champion Benny Raich (Austria) and 2010 champion Giuliano Razzoli (Italy).