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Men's Parallel Giant Slalom

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Bardonecchia
Date Started: February 22, 2006
Date Finished: February 22, 2006

Gold: SUI Philipp Schoch
Silver: SUI Simon Schoch
Bronze: AUT Sigi Grabner

Summary

In 2002 Philipp Schoch (SUI) had won a surprise gold medal in parallel giant slalom, but by 2006 he was considered the best in the world at the event. His brother, Simon, had also competed at Salt Lake City, but had failed to advance to the match racing. But by 2006 he had also become one of the top slalom boarders in the world. In the qualifying round in Torino, they confirmed their status, placing 1-2, with Simon leading Philipp by almost half a second. Once into the match racing, they easily advanced to the semi-finals, winning all their races. Philipp won his semi easily in two races, but Simon was pushed by France’s Mathieu Bozzetto, as they split their races, and Simon advanced, but only by 0.07 seconds for the two runs, setting up the twin brother match for the gold medal. The final was a relatively easy victory for Philipp, winning both runs rather comfortably to defend his gold medal. He also became the first snowboarder to win two Olympic gold medals. The bronze medal went to Austria’s Sigi Graber, who defeated Bozzetto in two straight runs.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Philipp Schoch 26 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 Simon Schoch 27 Switzerland SUI Silver
3 Sigi Grabner 31 Austria AUT Bronze
4 Mathieu Bozzetto 32 France FRA
5 Heinz Inniger 25 Switzerland SUI
6 Dejan Košir 33 Slovenia SLO
7 Rok Flander 26 Slovenia SLO
8 Gilles Jaquet 31 Switzerland SUI
9 Andreas Prommegger 25 Austria AUT
10 Nicolas Huet 29 France FRA
11 Tyler Jewell 28 United States USA
12 Richard Richardsson 32 Sweden SWE
13 Roland Fischnaller 25 Italy ITA
14 Harald Walder 32 Austria AUT
15 Emanuel Oppliger 30 Australia AUS
16 Daniel Biveson 29 Sweden SWE
17 Markus Ebner 35 Germany GER
18 Denis Salagayev 26 Russia RUS
19 Patrick Bussler 21 Germany GER
20 Jasey-Jay Anderson 30 Canada CAN
21 Izidor Šušteršič 28 Slovenia SLO
22 Meinhard Erlacher 23 Italy ITA
23 Filip Fischer 24 Sweden SWE
24 Simone Salvati 32 Italy ITA
25 Aleksandr Belkin 23 Russia RUS
26 Tomaž Knafelj 33 Slovenia SLO
27 Radoslav Židek 24 Slovakia SVK
28 Kentaro Tsuruoka 31 Japan JPN
29 Philippe Berubé 22 Canada CAN
AC Alexander Maier 31 Austria AUT DQ
AC Rudy Galli 22 Italy ITA DQ