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Alpine Skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's Giant Slalom

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 19, 2014
Date Finished: February 19, 2014
Format: Two runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: USA Ted Ligety
Silver: FRA Steve Missillier
Bronze: FRA Alexis Pinturault

Summary

The fourth men's Alpine ski race was held as scheduled on Wednesday, 19 February. The start of the piste within the [Rosa Khutor Alpine Center] was located at an altitude of 1,370 metres right above "Big Pan" and followed almost the lower part of the downhill course. There was only one clear favorite, American Ted Ligety. He won the World Championships in giant slalom in both 2011 and 2013 as well as the giant slalom World Cup in 2010/11 and 2012/13. He had also won three of the five World Cup giant slaloms in the current season, in Sölden, Beaver Creek, and St. Moritz. The slope here in Sochi was described as similar to Beaver Creek which was also an advantage for Ligety. His biggest challengers were expected to be Marcel Hirscher, silver medalist at the 2013 World Championships and giant slalom World Cup winner in 2011/12, who won two races in this winter at Val d'Isère and Alta Badia, Felix Neureuther who won the World Cup giant slalom in Adelboden, Alexis Pinturault, and the silver medalist from Vancouver Kjetil Jansrud, who had already won two medals in Sochi. But Neureuther was handicaped after a car accident in Germany only five days before, causing whiplash. The current giant slalom World Cup standings saw Hirscher in the lead with Pinturault second, Ligety third, and Fanara fourth.

Pinturault was first down on the first run, and posted a challenging time of 1:22.44. This held the lead until his compatriot Thomas Fanara (FRA) bettered the time by just 0.03 seconds. Shortly afterwards Ligety posted a time of 1:21.08 which put him in the lead after the first run. No skier approached Ligety's time, the best of the rest being surprising Ondřej Bank (CZE) who was 0.93 seconds behind, Davide Simoncelli (ITA) at 1.27 seconds behind and Matthias Mayer (AUT) who trailed by 1.33 seconds in the same time as Fanara.

With the top 30 going in reverse order on the second run, the first skier to make an impression on the medal positions was Steve Missillier (FRA), 10th after the first run, but in what was to prove the fastest time of the second run in 1:23.19, which put him into the lead with a combined time of 2:45.77. Pinturault then came close but failed by 0.16 seconds to overtake his compatriot. Fanara, Mayer and Simoncelli went without challenging the leaders, and for a while Hirscher found himself in bronze medal position. Bank was next on the course but, perhaps with memories of missing out in the Super Combined event when lying second, only managed the 15th fastest second run and slipped down to eventually finish seventh. Going last Ligety did not have the best race, and his 1.50 second lead over Missillier was gradually eroded, but he just held on to post a combined time of 2:45.29 and take the gold medal, ahead of the two Frenchmen.

Ligety won the fifth gold medal at this Games for skiing manufacturer Head, while Salomon won silver and bronze. Ondřej Bank achieved the best ever Alpine skiing result for a Czech men by finishing fifth. Finishing in 57th place was Luke Henri Steyn remarkable as being the first ever Winter Games competitor for Zimbabwe.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Ted Ligety 29 United States USA Gold 2:45.29
2 Steve Missillier 29 France FRA Silver 2:45.77
3 Alexis Pinturault 22 France FRA Bronze 2:45.93
4 Marcel Hirscher 24 Austria AUT 2:46.23
5 Ondřej Bank 33 Czech Republic CZE 2:46.29
6 Matthias Mayer 23 Austria AUT 2:46.34
7 Benjamin Raich 35 Austria AUT 2:46.35
8 Felix Neureuther 29 Germany GER 2:46.59
9 Thomas Fanara 32 France FRA 2:46.73
10 Henrik Kristoffersen 19 Norway NOR 2:46.79
11 Luca De Aliprandini 23 Italy ITA 2:46.91
12 Fritz Dopfer 26 Germany GER 2:46.97
13 Carlo Janka 27 Switzerland SUI 2:47.04
14 Matts Olsson 25 Sweden SWE 2:47.06
15 Tim Jitloff 29 United States USA 2:47.13
16 Leif Kristian Haugen 26 Norway NOR 2:47.15
17 Davide Simoncelli 35 Italy ITA 2:47.35
18 Philipp Schörghofer 31 Austria AUT 2:47.46
19 Jared Goldberg 22 United States USA 2:47.48
20 Bode Miller 36 United States USA 2:47.82
21 Samu Torsti 22 Finland FIN 2:47.97
22 Adam Žampa 23 Slovakia SVK 2:48.41
23 Žan Kranjec 21 Slovenia SLO 2:48.48
24 Mathieu Faivre 22 France FRA 2:49.43
25 Trevor Philp 21 Canada CAN 2:49.55
26 Sergey Maytakov 24 Russia RUS 2:49.67
27 Ivica Kostelić 34 Croatia CRO 2:49.68
28 Mauro Caviezel 25 Switzerland SUI 2:49.75
29 Phil Brown 22 Canada CAN 2:49.91
30 Gino Caviezel 21 Switzerland SUI 2:50.40
31 Martin Vráblík 31 Czech Republic CZE 2:50.84
32 Andreas Žampa 20 Slovakia SVK 2:51.62
33 Morgan Pridy 23 Canada CAN 2:51.96
34 Sebastian Brigović 21 Croatia CRO 2:52.25
35 Vladislav Novikov 20 Russia RUS 2:52.65
36 Paul de la Cuesta 25 Spain ESP 2:53.26
37 Klemen Kosi 22 Slovenia SLO 2:53.36
38 Marc Oliveras 22 Andorra AND 2:53.74
39 Dominic Demschar 20 Australia AUS 2:53.77
40 Cristian Simari Birkner 33 Argentina ARG 2:53.91
41 Jung Dong-Hyeon 25 South Korea KOR 2:55.26
42 Marco Pfiffner 19 Liechtenstein LIE 2:56.72
43 Kristaps Zvejnieks 21 Latvia LAT 2:57.30
44 Adam Barwood 21 New Zealand NZL 2:57.40
45 Trace Smith 21 Estonia EST 2:57.42
46 Arman Serebrakyan 26 Armenia ARM 2:58.40
47 Adam Lamhamedi 18 Morocco MAR 2:59.23
48 Alexandru Barbu 26 Romania ROU 2:59.24
49 Marko Rudić 24 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 2:59.95
50 Norbert Farkas 21 Hungary HUN 3:01.33
51 Mohammad Kiyadarbandsari 24 Iran IRI 3:02.13
52 Kostas Sykaras 29 Greece GRE 3:02.33
53 Patrick Brachner 22 Azerbaijan AZE 3:03.63
54 Massimiliano Valcareggi 18 Greece GRE 3:04.36
55 Hossein Saveh Shemshaki 28 Iran IRI 3:05.22
56 Einar Kristgeirsson 20 Iceland ISL 3:05.45
57 Luke Henri Steyn 20 Zimbabwe ZIM 3:06.55
58 Jhonatan Longhi 26 Brazil BRA 3:06.72
59 Brynjar Guðmundsson 24 Iceland ISL 3:09.61
60 Dmytro Mytsak 18 Ukraine UKR 3:11.40
61 Yevgeny Timofeyev 19 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 3:11.72
62 Tarik Hadžić 19 Montenegro MNE 3:12.39
63 Rokas Zaveckas 17 Lithuania LTU 3:13.04
64 Konstantinos Papamichael 20 Cyprus CYP 3:13.11
65 Kanet Sucharitakul 21 Thailand THA 3:15.06
66 Gyeong Seong-Hyeon 23 South Korea KOR 3:15.20
67 Artyom Voronov 20 Uzbekistan UZB 3:15.45
68 Emre Simsek 26 Turkey TUR 3:17.64
69 Alex Mohbat 18 Lebanon LIB 3:17.85
70 Manfred Oettl 20 Peru PER 3:20.96
71 Muhammad Karim 18 Pakistan PAK 3:27.41
72 Himanshu Thakur 20 India IND 3:37.55
AC Marcus Sandell 26 Finland FIN DNF
AC Didier Défago 36 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Kryštof Krýzl 27 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Pavel Trikhichev 21 Russia RUS DNF
AC Filip Zubčić 21 Croatia CRO DNF
AC Olivier Jenot 25 Monaco MON DNF
AC Ferrán Terra 26 Spain ESP DNF
AC Sebastiano Gastaldi 22 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Eugenio Claro 30 Chile CHI DNF
AC Park Je-Yun 19 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Joan Verdú 18 Andorra AND DNF
AC Stefan Prisadov 23 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Alejandro Puente 19 Spain ESP DNF
AC Jorge Birkner 23 Argentina ARG DNF
AC Henrik von Appen 19 Chile CHI DNF
AC Pol Carreras 24 Spain ESP DNF
AC Marko Vukićević 21 Serbia SRB DNF
AC Aleksi Benianidze 22 Georgia GEO DNF
AC Iason Abramashvili 25 Georgia GEO DNF
AC Mārtiņš Onskulis 19 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Igor Laikert 22 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH DNF
AC Antonio Ristevski 24 Macedonia MKD DNF
AC Yury Danilochkin 22 Belarus BLR DNF
AC Conor Lyne 20 Ireland IRL DNF
AC Dow Travers 26 Cayman Islands CAY DNF
AC Antonio José Pardo 43 Venezuela VEN DNF
AC Manfred Mölgg 31 Italy ITA DNF
AC Roberto Nani 25 Italy ITA DNF
AC Kjetil Jansrud 28 Norway NOR DNF
AC Stepan Zuyev 25 Russia RUS DNF
AC Ross Peraudo 21 Australia AUS DNF
AC Artur Hanse 20 Portugal POR DNF
AC Stefan Luitz 21 Germany GER DQ
AC Vincenzo Michelotti 17 San Marino SMR DQ
AC Zhang Yuxin 24 China CHN DQ