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Parallel Giant Slalom, Men

Date14 – 15 February 2002
StatusOlympic
LocationPark City Mountain Resort, Park City, Utah
Participants32 from 10 countries
Course SetterXavier Perrier-MichonFRA
Venue detailsGates: 27
Length: 549 m
Start Altitude: 2300 m
Vertical Drop: 180 m

This was the Olympic début for parallel giant slalom, as in 1998, a giant slalom run as a two-run time trial had been conducted. In this event, 32 boarders started with 16 advancing to the single-elimination match racing rounds. The favorite was Sweden’s Richard Richardsson, who had won the 1999 World Championship. The qualifying was led by Swiss boarder Gilles Jaquet, with his teammate, Philipp Schoch, barely making the elimination runs, finishing 15th. In the match racing, the slope was very icy, and in only one run did both boarders finish cleanly. In the first round, Schoch recorded a major upset, defeating Alexander Maier, brother of top alpine skier Hermann “The Hermannator” Maier. Against Schoch, Alexander Maier fell in the first run, and did not finish the second run. The final eventually matched Schoch and Richardsson. Schoch had never made the podium at a major international competition, and Richardsson was expected to win easily, and he won the first run by 0.24 seconds, wearing the helmet of Fritz Strobl, who had won downhill gold in alpine skiing a few days earlier. But on the second run, Richardsson almost fell several times, did not finish, and the gold medal went to Philipp Schoch. Schoch’s brother, Simon, also competed, placing 25th in qualifying. They would return in 2006, and make it to the final together, where Philipp Schoch would defend his title.

The bronze medal came down to America’s Chris Klug against France’s Nicolas Huet. Huet was the reigning World Champion, but was the last qualifier. In the first round against Jaquet, he advanced when Jaquet fell twice. Klug won both races to earn the bronze medal, but had a scare before the second run when the buckle on his left boot broke. A quick fix with duct tape solved the problem for him. For Klug, it was a minor obstacle compared to his previous health issues. In 1993 he was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a liver disease that leads to liver failure. After seven years on the transplant list, he received a liver transplant in 2000. He was back training within two months of that operation and is the only Olympic medalist to have competed after being a transplant recipient.

PosBoarderNOC
1Philipp SchochSUIGold
2Richard RichardssonSWESilver
3Chris KlugUSABronze
4Nicolas HuetFRA
5Dejan KoširSLO
6Mathieu BozzettoFRA
7Sigi GrabnerAUT
8Walter FeichterITA
9Gilles JaquetSUI
10Alexander MaierAUT
11Daniel BivesonSWE
12Jérôme SylvestreCAN
13Stefan KaltschützAUT
14Dieter KrassnigAUT
15Stephen CoppSWE
16Mathias BehounekGER
17Mark FawcettCAN
18Markus EbnerGER
19Roland FischnallerITA
20Jeff GreenwoodUSA
21Christophe SéguraFRA
22Kurt NiederstätterITA
23Charlie CosnierFRA
24Ryan WeddingCAN
25Simon SchochSUI
26Zeke SteggallAUS
27Peter ThorndikeUSA
28Jonas AspmanSWE
29Jasey-Jay AndersonCAN
ACUeli KestenholzSUIDNF
ACTomaž KnafeljSLODNF
ACSimone SalvatiITADQ

Qualifying Round (14 February 2002 — 13:00)

PosBoarderNOCTime
1Gilles JaquetSUI35.69Q
2Alexander MaierAUT36.28Q
3Daniel BivesonSWE36.42Q
4Richard RichardssonSWE36.58Q
5Dejan KoširSLO36.71Q
6Jérôme SylvestreCAN36.86Q
7Mathieu BozzettoFRA36.90Q
8Sigi GrabnerAUT36.94Q
9Stefan KaltschützAUT36.97Q
10Dieter KrassnigAUT37.02Q
11Chris KlugUSA37.17Q
12Stephen CoppSWE37.22Q
13Mathias BehounekGER37.31Q
14Walter FeichterITA37.33Q
15Philipp SchochSUI37.34Q
16Nicolas HuetFRA37.49Q
17Mark FawcettCAN37.53
18Markus EbnerGER37.64
19Roland FischnallerITA37.70
20Jeff GreenwoodUSA37.84
21Christophe SéguraFRA38.06
22Kurt NiederstätterITA38.22
23Charlie CosnierFRA38.41
24Ryan WeddingCAN38.61
25Simon SchochSUI38.63
26Zeke SteggallAUS38.69
27Peter ThorndikeUSA38.85
28Jonas AspmanSWE38.88
29Jasey-Jay AndersonCAN39.09
ACUeli KestenholzSUIDNF
ACTomaž KnafeljSLODNF
ACSimone SalvatiITADQ

Round One (15 February 2002 — 10:00)

Winner of each heat advanced to quarter-finals.

Heat 1

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Nicolas HuetFRAQ
2Gilles JaquetSUI+1.78DQ

Heat 2

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Sigi GrabnerAUTQ
2Stefan KaltschützAUT+1.78+0.21

Heat 3

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Dejan KoširSLOQ
2Stephen CoppSWE+1.78+0.34

Heat 4

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Richard RichardssonSWE+0.54Q
2Mathias BehounekGER+1.78

Heat 5

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Walter FeichterITA+1.78Q1
2Daniel BivesonSWE+1.78

Heat 6

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Chris KlugUSA+0.26Q
2Jérôme SylvestreCAN+0.31

Heat 7

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Mathieu BozzettoFRAQ
2Dieter KrassnigAUT+0.46+1.78

Heat 8

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Philipp SchochSUIQ
2Alexander MaierAUT+1.78DQ

Quarter-Finals (15 February 2002)

Winner of each heat advanced to semi-finals.

Heat 1

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Nicolas HuetFRAQ
2Sigi GrabnerAUT+1.38DQ

Heat 2

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Richard RichardssonSWEQ
2Dejan KoširSLO+0.72+1.73

Heat 3

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Chris KlugUSA+0.75Q
2Walter FeichterITA+1.78

Heat 4

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Philipp SchochSUIQ
2Mathieu BozzettoFRA+1.78DQ

Semi-Finals (15 February 2002)

Winner of each heat advanced to final.

Heat 1

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Richard RichardssonSWEQ
2Nicolas HuetFRA+1.78DQ

Heat 2

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Philipp SchochSUIQ
2Chris KlugUSA+1.49DQ

Final Round (15 February 2002)

Heat 1/2

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Philipp SchochSUI
2Richard RichardssonSWE+0.24DQ

Heat 3/4

PosBoarderNOCRun 1Run 2
1Chris KlugUSA
2Nicolas HuetFRA+0.15+1.21