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Men's Parallel Giant Slalom

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver
Date Started: February 27, 2010
Date Finished: February 27, 2010

Gold: CAN Jasey-Jay Anderson
Silver: AUT Benjamin Karl
Bronze: FRA Mathieu Bozzetto

Summary

Like the women’s event, this was held in fog and torrential rain. Austrian Andreas Prommegger, who had dominated the event all season, was the fastest in qualifying, but was surprisingly defeated by American Chris Klug in the first elimination round, although Klug was later put out by Mathieu Bozzetto (FRA) in the quarter-finals when he crashed on his second run. Joining Bozzetto in the semi-finals were Benjamin Karl (AUT), Stanislav Detkov (RUS) and Canadian [Jacey-Jay Anderson].

In the first of the semi finals, Karl won both his runs against Bozzetto fairly easily, his winning margin being 2.58 seconds. The second semi-final was much closer, with Anderson leading by 0.28 seconds after the first run. As Detkov tried to close the gap on the second run he fell halfway down the course, and eventually finished 1.72 seconds behind. This brought the final down to Karl against Andersson, the two pre-Games favorites. Anderson had won the 2009 World Championship and was second in the World Cup standings in 2009-10, trailing Karl, who had won the World Cup in 2007-08.

The contests for the medals were no less dramatic. In the bronze medal match, Bozzetto won the first run by 0.96 seconds from Detkov, both competitors making errors on the course. Unfortunately there was a problem with the sound at the starting gate for the second run, so the competitors didn’t hear the normal bleeps. Detkov mistimed his start and crashed into the gates before they had opened, effectively ending the contest. In the final, Karl built up a reasonable lead after Anderson had made a number of minor errors to take a 0.76 second lead into the second run. However, despite the same problems with the start gate that had affected the bronze medal contest, Anderson timed his start to perfection and started to reel back Karl. With the finishing line in sight, Anderson finally overtook Karl and finished 0.35 seconds ahead to take the gold medal.

Questions were raised about the necessity for the 5th-8th place contests. In one of the classification semi-finals, Rok Flander (SLO) did not start, meaning his opponent Simon Schoch (SUI) simply went through the starting gate and promptly stopped twice, just to register the win. It was little different in the contest for 7th / 8th place when, with Flander not starting, Chris Klug went through the gate and promptly stopped after his first run. To the cheers of the crowd Klug went down the course on his second run in a solo display.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jasey-Jay Anderson 34 Canada CAN Gold
2 Benjamin Karl 24 Austria AUT Silver
3 Mathieu Bozzetto 36 France FRA Bronze
4 Stanislav Detkov 29 Russia RUS
5 Simon Schoch 31 Switzerland SUI
6 Žan Košir 25 Slovenia SLO
7 Chris Klug 37 United States USA
8 Rok Flander 30 Slovenia SLO
9 Andreas Prommegger 29 Austria AUT
10 Sylvain Dufour 27 France FRA
11 Matthew Morison 22 Canada CAN
12 Michael Lambert 23 Canada CAN
13 Tyler Jewell 32 United States USA
14 Daniel Biveson 33 Sweden SWE
15 Aaron March 23 Italy ITA
16 Patrick Bussler 25 Germany GER
17 Nevin Galmarini 23 Switzerland SUI
18 Roland Fischnaller 29 Italy ITA
19 Marc Iselin 29 Switzerland SUI
20 Roland Haldi 31 Switzerland SUI
21 Meinhard Erlacher 27 Italy ITA
22 Iosyp Peniak 25 Ukraine UKR
23 Rok Marguč 23 Slovenia SLO
24 Adam McLeish 30 Great Britain GBR
25 Izidor Šušteršič 32 Slovenia SLO
26 Ivan Ranchev 19 Bulgaria BUL
27 Yuki Nofuji 22 Japan JPN
28 Petr Šindelář 34 Czech Republic CZE
29 Ingemar Walder 31 Austria AUT
AC Sigi Grabner 35 Austria AUT DNF