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Alpine Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games:

Men's Slalom

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Creekside, Whistler
Date Started: February 27, 2010
Date Finished: February 27, 2010
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: ITA Giuliano Razzoli
Silver: CRO Ivica Kostelić
Bronze: SWE André Myhrer

Summary

The Austrian men's team still had not medaled in Vancouver prior to the last race, after having won eight medals in Torino – two gold, three silver, and three bronze. But other major "skiing nations" had also not medaled in the men's races, notably France, Italy, and Germany. The Austrians had won all the major titles since the last Olympics where Benjamin Raich won gold. Mario Matt, who failed to qualify for Vancouver, won the 2007 World Championships in Åre and Manfred Pranger was the 2009 World Champion in Val d'Isère. The 2009-10 season saw Reinfried Herbst, silver medalist from Torino, in the lead of the slalom World Cup after eight of nine races as he had won four times – in Levi, Alta Badia, Schladming, and Kranjska Gora. In second place was the winner at Adelboden, Julien Lizeroux, and in third was the winner in Wengen and runner-up in the 2008-09 slalom World Cup, Ivica Kostelić, while Giuliano Razzoli had won in Zagreb. Lizeroux also finished third in the 2008-09 World Cup and won silver at the 2009 World Championships. But Herbst was not favored in Vancouver due to the topography and the course, with the experts looking to Razzoli, whose Zagreb win was on a similar course. Missing from Vancouver were top slalom specialists Rainer Schönfelder, the bronze medalist from Torino, and Jean-Baptiste Grange, both of whom were out with ACL tears.

Poor weather had caused all sorts of problems with other alpine skiing events, and foggy weather was prevalent throughout this, the last race in Whistler, although it was completed. After the first run Razzoli led in a time of 47.79 seconds with Mitja Valenčić (SLO) 0.43 seconds behind and Raich a further 0.11 seconds back. The early leader in the second run was the Canadian, Julien Cousineau, who at last gave the home crowd something to cheer about in the alpine events. His second run time of 51.07 was to be the second fastest time of the second run and his combined time of 1:40.66 would be good enough for 8th place. Cousineau held his lead until Andre Myhrer surpassed it with a second run of 50.73 (the quickest) and a combined time of 1:39.76. Kostelić, 4th after the first run, then had a good run to take the overall lead with a time of 1:39.48. Raich had a few minor errors, but it was enough to cost him time, finishing in 1:39.81 that was to be just outside the medals. Valenčić had a poor second run, eventually finishing down in 6th place. The last skier to go, Razzoli, held his nerve and, despite having a 0.58 second advantage over Kostelić after the first run, finished just 0.16 seconds ahead in a time of 1:39.32, so winning Italy's only medal of the alpine skiing events.

Razzoli won the second gold medal at this Games for skiing manufactor Nordica, the same as used by bronze medalist Myhrer, while Kostelić trusted Fischer for silver. Raich and Marcel Hirscher, both just outside the medals, skied on Atomic and sixth placed Valenčić had the best finish in Vancouver for Elan. Finishing in 47th place was Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, known as The Snow Leopard, the first competitor from Ghana to compete in the Winter Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Giuliano Razzoli 25 Italy ITA Gold 1:39.32
2 Ivica Kostelić 30 Croatia CRO Silver 1:39.48
3 André Myhrer 27 Sweden SWE Bronze 1:39.76
4 Benjamin Raich 31 Austria AUT 1:39.81
5 Marcel Hirscher 20 Austria AUT 1:40.20
6 Mitja Valenčič 32 Slovenia SLO 1:40.35
7 Manfred Mölgg 27 Italy ITA 1:40.45
8 Julien Cousineau 29 Canada CAN 1:40.66
9 Julien Lizeroux 30 France FRA 1:40.72
10 Reinfried Herbst 31 Austria AUT 1:40.78
11 Ondřej Bank 29 Czech Republic CZE 1:40.81
12 Silvan Zurbriggen 28 Switzerland SUI 1:40.83
13 Mike Janyk 27 Canada CAN 1:41.09
14 Mattias Hargin 24 Sweden SWE 1:41.25
15 Marc Gini 25 Switzerland SUI 1:41.35
16 Maxime Tissot 23 France FRA 1:41.54
17 Kjetil Jansrud 24 Norway NOR 1:41.57
18 Akira Sasaki 28 Japan JPN 1:41.76
19 Natko Zrnčić-Dim 23 Croatia CRO 1:41.99
20 Kilian Albrecht 36 Bulgaria BUL 1:42.36
21 Thomas Mermillod-Blondin 24 France FRA 1:42.48
22 Jens Byggmark 24 Sweden SWE 1:42.53
23 Aleksandr Khoroshilov 25 Russia RUS 1:42.82
24 Nolan Kasper 20 United States USA 1:43.17
25 Stefan Georgiev 32 Bulgaria BUL 1:43.92
26 Cristian Simari Birkner 29 Argentina ARG 1:44.72
27 Dave Ryding 23 Great Britain GBR 1:45.13
28 Christophe Roux 26 Moldova MDA 1:45.75
29 Andy Noble 25 Great Britain GBR 1:46.13
30 Jaroslav Babušiak 25 Slovakia SVK 1:46.86
31 Trevor White 25 Canada CAN 1:47.17
32 Danko Marinelli 22 Croatia CRO 1:47.33
33 Vasilios Dimitriadis 31 Greece GRE 1:48.16
34 Jeroen Van Den Bogaert 30 Belgium BEL 1:48.56
35 Mikail Renzhin 31 Israel ISR 1:48.91
36 Marko Rudić 20 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 1:49.16
37 Kristaps Zvejnieks 17 Latvia LAT 1:51.29
38 Igor Zakurdayev 23 Kazakhstan KAZ 1:52.81
39 Rostyslav Feshchuk 19 Ukraine UKR 1:53.79
40 Bojan Kosić 19 Montenegro MNE 1:55.32
41 Hossein Saveh Shemshaki 24 Iran IRI 1:56.39
42 Oleg Shamayev 27 Uzbekistan UZB 1:58.05
43 Li Lei 22 China CHN 2:00.86
44 Samir Azzimani 32 Morocco MAR 2:02.43
45 Shane O'Connor 36 Ireland IRL 2:05.14
46 Hubertus von Fürstenberg-von Hohenlohe 51 Mexico MEX 2:07.78
47 Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong 35 Ghana GHA 2:22.60
48 Erjon Tola 23 Albania ALB 2:43.88
AC Patrick Thaler 31 Italy ITA DNF
AC Steve Missillier 25 France FRA DNF
AC Jimmy Cochran 28 United States USA DNF
AC Axel Bäck 22 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Sandro Viletta 24 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Iason Abramashvili 21 Georgia GEO DNF
AC Lars Myhre 25 Norway NOR DNF
AC Deyvid Oprja 27 Estonia EST DNF
AC Erdinç Türksever 24 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Manfred Pranger 32 Austria AUT DNF
AC Marc Berthod 26 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Felix Neureuther 25 Germany GER DNF
AC Truls Ove Karlsen 34 Norway NOR DNF
AC Urs Imboden 35 Moldova MDA DNF
AC Andreas Romar 20 Finland FIN DNF
AC Cristian Deville 29 Italy ITA DNF
AC Filip Trejbal 25 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Dalibor Šamšal 24 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Matic Skube 21 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Brad Spence 25 Canada CAN DNF
AC Björgvin Björgvinsson 30 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Bernard Vajdič 29 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Ted Ligety 25 United States USA DNF
AC Antonio Ristevski 20 Macedonia MKD DNF
AC Martin Vráblík 27 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Ioan Gabriel Nan 29 Romania ROU DNF
AC Jhonatan Longhi 22 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Jaba Gelashvili 16 Georgia GEO DNF
AC Andrey Drygin 32 Tajikistan TJK DNF
AC Pouria Saveh Shemshaki 22 Iran IRI DNF
AC Leyti Seck 28 Senegal SEN DNF
AC Bode Miller 32 United States USA DNF
AC Kentaro Minagawa 32 Japan JPN DNF
AC Leif Kristian Haugen 22 Norway NOR DNF
AC Mitja Dragšič 30 Slovenia SLO DNF
AC Jung Dong-Hyeon 21 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Sergey Maytakov 20 Russia RUS DNF
AC Kim U-Seong 23 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Bart Mollin 28 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Stefán Jón Sigurgeirsson 20 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Stepan Zuyev 21 Russia RUS DNF
AC Roger Vidosa 25 Andorra AND DNF
AC Stephanos Tsimikalis 24 Greece GRE DNF
AC Agustín Torres 30 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Márton Bene 23 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Vitalijus Rumiancevas 24 Lithuania LTU DNF
AC Christopher Papamichalopoulos 21 Cyprus CYP DNF
AC Jerdij Notz 35 Azerbaijan AZE DNF
AC Dmitry Trelevsky 26 Kyrgyzstan KGZ DNF
AC Kryštof Krýzl 23 Czech Republic CZE DQ
AC Ghassan Achi 16 Lebanon LIB DQ
AC Arsen Nersisyan 22 Armenia ARM DQ
AC Manfred Oettl 16 Peru PER DQ