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Men's Giant Slalom

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Sestriere Colle
Date Started: February 20, 2006
Date Finished: February 20, 2006
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: AUT Benjamin Raich
Silver: FRA Joël Chenal
Bronze: AUT Hermann Maier

Summary

Austrian Benjamin Raich was favored, having won the 2005 World Cup, leading the race in 2005-06, and having been runner-up at the 2005 World Championships. But another ominous presence was Austrian Hermann Maier, the Herminator, who was the 1998 gold medalist in the event. Maier had been unable to compete in 2001, still recovering from the effects of a severe motorcycle accident that had doctors considering the amputation of his leg. He had now recovered quite well, winning the 2005 World Championship in GS, and the 2004 World Cup in the event. The first run was led by unheralded Canadian François Bourque, followed by Frenchman Joël Chenal. Chenal was a bit better known, having previously posted three podium finishes in the GS in World Cup races, with one win. Maier was tied for third, with Raich in fifth after the first run. Another contender, 2003 World Champion Bode Miller, struggled into 12th position, as he was having a horrible Olympics for him. On the second run, Bourque fell back to form, placing 12th on the run, to drop out of the medals. Raich won the run over Chenal, with Maier third and Miller fourth. The final medal standings echoed the second run placements, with Raich winning the gold medal, Chenal the silver, and Maier the bronze. For Raich, it was his third Olympic medal and first gold, but two days later he would another gold in the slalom.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Benjamin Raich 27 Austria AUT Gold 2:35.00
2 Joël Chenal 32 France FRA Silver 2:35.07
3 Hermann Maier 33 Austria AUT Bronze 2:35.16
4 François Bourque 21 Canada CAN 2:35.92
5 Fredrik Nyberg 36 Sweden SWE 2:36.05
6T Aksel Lund Svindal 23 Norway NOR 2:36.06
6T Bode Miller 28 United States USA 2:36.06
8 Rainer Schönfelder 28 Austria AUT 2:36.64
9 Kalle Palander 28 Finland FIN 2:36.82
10 Thomas Grandi 33 Canada CAN 2:36.88
11 Massimiliano Blardone 26 Italy ITA 2:36.95
12 Mitja Valenčič 28 Slovenia SLO 2:37.39
13 Erik Schlopy 33 United States USA 2:37.56
14 Didier Défago 28 Switzerland SUI 2:37.60
15 Alberto Schieppati 24 Italy ITA 2:37.83
16 Ondřej Bank 25 Czech Republic CZE 2:37.85
17 Marc Berthod 22 Switzerland SUI 2:38.25
18 Lasse Kjus 35 Norway NOR 2:39.31
19 Didier Cuche 31 Switzerland SUI 2:39.33
20 Bjarne Solbakken 28 Norway NOR 2:39.61
21 Raphaël Burtin 29 France FRA 2:40.99
22 Jukka Rajala 23 Finland FIN 2:41.40
23 Cristian Simari Birkner 25 Argentina ARG 2:42.56
24 Daisuke Yoshioka 26 Japan JPN 2:45.03
25 Natko Zrnčić-Dim 19 Croatia CRO 2:45.59
26 Mykola Skriabin 27 Ukraine UKR 2:50.85
27 Alex Heath 27 South Africa RSA 2:51.42
28 Kim Hyeong-Cheol 25 South Korea KOR 2:52.46
29 Iason Abramashvili 17 Georgia GEO 2:54.86
30 Nikolai Hentsch 22 Brazil BRA 2:55.56
31 Thos Foley 26 Ireland IRL 2:57.42
32 Mikail Renzhin 27 Israel ISR 3:00.41
33 Viktor Ryabchenko 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 3:00.66
34 Theodoros Khristodoulou 28 Cyprus CYP 3:02.03
35 Erjon Tola 19 Albania ALB 3:02.89
36 Alidad Saveh Shemshaki 33 Iran IRI 3:03.88
37 Marko Schafferer 21 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 3:04.46
38 Attila Marosi 23 Hungary HUN 3:05.12
39 Mathieu Razanakolona 19 Madagascar MAD 3:06.43
40 Li Guangxu 20 China CHN 3:08.07
41 Ivan Borisov 26 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 3:37.10
AC Stephan Görgl 27 Austria AUT DNF
AC Jean-Philippe Roy 26 Canada CAN DNF
AC Martin Vráblík 23 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Deyvid Oprja 23 Estonia EST DNF
AC Kjetil Jansrud 20 Norway NOR DNF
AC Hamit Şare 23 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Daron Rahlves 32 United States USA DNF
AC Davide Simoncelli 27 Italy ITA DNF
AC Marco Büchel 34 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Ted Ligety 21 United States USA DNF
AC Manfred Mölgg 23 Italy ITA DNF
AC Thomas Fanara 24 France FRA DNF
AC Aleš Gorza 25 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Daniel Albrecht 22 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Gauthier de Tessières 24 France FRA DNF
AC Ryan Semple 23 Canada CAN DNF
AC Felix Neureuther 21 Germany GER DNF
AC Bernard Vajdič 25 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Brad Wall 26 Australia AUS DNF
AC Petr Záhrobský 25 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Björgvin Björgvinsson 26 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Claudio Sprecher 25 Liechtenstein LIE DNF
AC Dmitry Ulyanov 23 Russia RUS DNF
AC Pavel Shestakov 25 Russia RUS DNF
AC Konstantin Sats 23 Russia RUS DNF
AC Kryštof Krýzl 19 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Gang Min-Hyeok 24 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Akira Sasaki 24 Japan JPN DNF
AC Facundo Aguirre 20 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Duncan Grob 25 Chile CHI DNF
AC Kim U-Seong 19 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Vasilios Dimitriadis 27 Greece GRE DNF
AC Ivan Ratkić 19 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Kristján Uni Óskarsson 22 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Olivier Jenot 17 Monaco MON DNF
AC Gjorgji Markovski 20 Macedonia MKD DNF
AC Andrey Drygin 28 Tajikistan TJK DNF
AC Leyti Seck 24 Senegal SEN DNF
AC Hira Lal 25 India IND DNF
AC Marino Cardelli 18 San Marino SMR DNF
AC Vitalijus Rumiancevas 20 Lithuania LTU DQ