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Men's Giant Slalom

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Creekside, Whistler
Date Started: February 23, 2010
Date Finished: February 23, 2010
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: SUI Carlo Janka
Silver: NOR Kjetil Jansrud
Bronze: NOR Aksel Lund Svindal

Summary

Following earlier disruptions to the alpine skiing program, this event was postponed two days to allow the men's super combined event to take place. There was no odds-on favorite for the 16th Olympic men's giant slalom. Six of seven World Cup races were already held this winter and they had seen five different winners: Didier Cuche (Sölden), Carlo Janka (Beaver Creek), Massimiliano Blardone (Alta Badia), Ted Ligety (Kranjska Gora 1), and Marcel Hirscher (Val d'Isère, Kranjska Gora 2). The standings saw Ligety in the lead, followed by Blardone and Hirscher, who was the only racer to win two races in the current season and was also the last winner in Kranjska Gora about three weeks before the Olympics. Bode Miller, silver medalist in the 2002 giant slalom, who had already won a medal of each color in Vancouver, and Aksel Lund Svindal, with gold in the Super G and silver in the downhill, were considered podium candidates. The reigning world champion was Janka, who won gold in Val d'Isère 2009 with Benjamin Raich in second and Ligety in third. Raich (gold) was also the only medalist from Torino still competing as silver medalist Joël Chenal retired in 2009 and bronze medalist Hermann Maier retired just before the 2009-10 season. Only two World Cup giant slaloms had ever been held in Whistler. Ingemar Stenmark won there in 1975 while Hannes Reichelt won on 23 February 2008, but he did not qualify for this event in Vancouver.

Decided over two runs, the main surprise of the first run was the elimination of Miller, who missed a gate. At the end of the first run Janka was the leader with a time of 1:17.27, a mere 0.02 seconds ahead of Romed Baumann, Svindal 0.16 seconds back. So close was the run that less than one second separated Janka from 13th place Felix Neureuther. Starting in reverse order in the second run, Neureuther briefly led, but the best time of the second run came from Kjetil Jansrud in 1:20.15, starting in 11th position. Jansrud then had an anxious wait as the leaders came down. When Svindal came to take his second run, his combined time of 2:38.44 was not good enough to overtake his compatriot. Baumann then made mistakes, and finished only fifth. With a lead of 0.80 seconds over Jansrud, Janka skied well enough to finish with a combined time of 2:37.83, defeating Jansrud by 0.39 seconds to take the gold medal.

From the first six finishers five used Atomic skis, while only fifth placed Baumann was on Salomon. Two notable skiers lower down the order – Dow Travers, finishing 69th, and Muhammad Abbas finishing 79th – were the first ever competitors in a Winter Olympics from the Cayman Islands and Pakistan, respectively.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Carlo Janka 23 Switzerland SUI Gold 2:37.83
2 Kjetil Jansrud 24 Norway NOR Silver 2:38.22
3 Aksel Lund Svindal 27 Norway NOR Bronze 2:38.44
4 Marcel Hirscher 20 Austria AUT 2:38.52
5 Romed Baumann 24 Austria AUT 2:38.80
6 Benjamin Raich 31 Austria AUT 2:38.83
7 Ivica Kostelić 30 Croatia CRO 2:38.88
8 Felix Neureuther 25 Germany GER 2:39.06
9 Ted Ligety 25 United States USA 2:39.11
10 Aleš Gorza 29 Slovenia SLO 2:39.21
11 Massimiliano Blardone 30 Italy ITA 2:39.35
12 Philipp Schörghofer 27 Austria AUT 2:39.37
13 Steve Missillier 25 France FRA 2:39.43
14 Didier Cuche 35 Switzerland SUI 2:39.45
15 Sandro Viletta 24 Switzerland SUI 2:39.54
16 Erik Guay 28 Canada CAN 2:39.63
17 Ondřej Bank 29 Czech Republic CZE 2:39.64
18 Alexander Ploner 31 Italy ITA 2:39.77
19 Janez Jazbec 25 Slovenia SLO 2:39.96
20 Davide Simoncelli 31 Italy ITA 2:39.96
21 Truls Ove Karlsen 34 Norway NOR 2:40.20
22 Manfred Mölgg 27 Italy ITA 2:40.51
23 Kryštof Krýzl 23 Czech Republic CZE 2:40.73
24 Robbie Dixon 25 Canada CAN 2:40.98
25 Andrej Šporn 28 Slovenia SLO 2:41.05
26 Tommy Ford 20 United States USA 2:41.15
27 Markus Larsson 31 Sweden SWE 2:41.43
28 Leif Kristian Haugen 22 Norway NOR 2:41.78
29 Marc Berthod 26 Switzerland SUI 2:42.10
30 Andreas Romar 20 Finland FIN 2:42.31
31 Jake Zamansky 28 United States USA 2:42.35
32 Paul de la Cuesta 21 Spain ESP 2:43.22
33 Andrej Križaj 23 Slovenia SLO 2:44.22
34 Cristian Simari Birkner 29 Argentina ARG 2:44.63
35 Patrick Biggs 27 Canada CAN 2:44.83
36 Andy Noble 25 Great Britain GBR 2:44.85
37 Ed Drake 24 Great Britain GBR 2:45.13
38 Aleksandr Khoroshilov 25 Russia RUS 2:45.36
39 Filip Trejbal 25 Czech Republic CZE 2:45.41
40 Sergey Maytakov 20 Russia RUS 2:45.66
41 Natko Zrnčić-Dim 23 Croatia CRO 2:46.01
42 Brad Spence 25 Canada CAN 2:46.24
43 Björgvin Björgvinsson 30 Iceland ISL 2:46.71
44 Jaroslav Babušiak 25 Slovakia SVK 2:47.12
45 Christophe Roux 26 Moldova MDA 2:47.12
46 Iason Abramashvili 21 Georgia GEO 2:47.23
47 Dave Ryding 23 Great Britain GBR 2:48.03
48 Stefan Georgiev 32 Bulgaria BUL 2:48.91
49 Ioan Gabriel Nan 29 Romania ROU 2:50.01
50 Jaba Gelashvili 16 Georgia GEO 2:50.32
51 Igor Zakurdayev 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 2:51.36
52 Jorge Mandrú 23 Chile CHI 2:51.55
53 Antonio Ristevski 20 Macedonia MKD 2:51.90
54 Agustín Torres 30 Argentina ARG 2:53.26
55 Mikail Renzhin 31 Israel ISR 2:53.81
56 Jhonatan Longhi 22 Brazil BRA 2:54.03
57 Andrey Drygin 32 Tajikistan TJK 2:55.29
58 Marko Rudić 20 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 2:56.36
59 Vitalijus Rumiancevas 24 Lithuania LTU 2:56.79
60 Pouria Saveh Shemshaki 22 Iran IRI 2:57.70
61 Bojan Kosić 19 Montenegro MNE 2:58.03
62 Kristaps Zvejnieks 17 Latvia LAT 2:58.62
63 Erjon Tola 23 Albania ALB 2:59.27
64 Stepan Zuyev 21 Russia RUS 2:59.73
65 Stephanos Tsimikalis 24 Greece GRE 3:00.16
66 Deyvid Oprja 27 Estonia EST 3:00.78
67 Manfred Oettl 16 Peru PER 3:02.05
68 Rostyslav Feshchuk 19 Ukraine UKR 3:02.53
69 Dow Travers 22 Cayman Islands CAY 3:02.89
70 Hossein Saveh Shemshaki 24 Iran IRI 3:05.87
71 Márton Bene 23 Hungary HUN 3:05.97
72 Jerdij Notz 35 Azerbaijan AZE 3:05.98
73 Leyti Seck 28 Senegal SEN 3:06.14
74 Samir Azzimani 32 Morocco MAR 3:06.63
75 Li Lei 22 China CHN 3:07.26
76 Dmitry Trelevsky 26 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 3:08.01
77 Oleg Shamayev 27 Uzbekistan UZB 3:09.18
78 Hubertus von Fürstenberg-von Hohenlohe 51 Mexico MEX 3:11.47
79 Muhammad Abbas 23 Pakistan PAK 3:20.58
80 Marino Cardelli 22 San Marino SMR 3:25.76
81 Jamyang Namgial 24 India IND 3:34.92
AC Cyprien Richard 31 France FRA DNF
AC Marcus Sandell 22 Finland FIN DNF
AC Roger Vidosa 25 Andorra AND DNF
AC André Myhrer 27 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Vasilios Dimitriadis 31 Greece GRE DNF
AC Ghassan Achi 16 Lebanon LIB DNF
AC Christopher Papamichalopoulos 21 Cyprus CYP DNF
AC Gauthier de Tessières 28 France FRA DNF
AC Bode Miller 32 United States USA DNF
AC Martin Vráblík 27 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Dalibor Šamšal 24 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Arsen Nersisyan 22 Armenia ARM DNF
AC Ferrán Terra 22 Spain ESP DNF
AC Ben Griffin 23 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Thomas Mermillod-Blondin 24 France FRA DNF
AC Erdinç Türksever 24 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Peter Scott 19 South Africa RSA DNF
AC Kim U-Seong 23 South Korea KOR DQ
AC Danko Marinelli 22 Croatia CRO DQ
AC Markus Kilsgaard 17 Denmark DEN DQ