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Super G, Men

Date19 February 2010 — 11:30
StatusOlympic
LocationWhistler Creekside, Whistler (Dave Murray)
Participants63 from 27 countries
Course SetterGiovanni RalfiITA
Venue detailsGates: 44
Length: 2200 m
Start Altitude: 1440 m
Vertical Drop: 615 m

The fourth Alpine skiing race of the Vancouver Olympics was held on Friday, 19 February, as scheduled. The favorites were Michael Walchhofer (leader of the current Super G World Cup), Aksel Lund Svindal (second in the 2009-10 Super G World Cup, winner of the 2008-09 Super G World Cup, and bronze medalist at the 2009 World Championships), Didier Cuche (2009 World Champion and winner at Kitzbühel in 2010), and Manuel Osborne-Paradis (recent winner at Lake Louise). But Didier Défago and Bode Miller were also highly considered after winning gold and bronze in the downhill four days earlier. The 2006 medalists Kjetil André Aamodt (gold) retired shortly after Torino, Hermann Maier (silver) retired just before the 2009-10 season, and Ambrosi Hoffmann (bronze) raced only in the downhill in 2010. The only World Cup Super G held on this course was won by Christoph Gruber on 21 February 2008.

The race started at 11:30 AM with perfect sunny weather and temperatures between 3.5° (start) and 9° (finish). With number 3 the American Andrew Weibrecht set an early quick time. The first of the favorites was Miller in start position 11. He took the lead from the first split to the finish, but he lost time in the second part of the course, and topped the time of his fellow countryman by only 0.03 seconds. Svindal, who turned 28 on the closing day of the Vancouver Olympics, did not start well, as in the downhill, and at the first intermediate split was 0.3 seconds behind Miller, but he finished quickly to lead by 0.28 seconds at the finish line and take the gold medal. The oldest competitor in the field, Patrik Järbyn, hooked a gate and fell in the last section of the course and landed hard on his back and head and was unconscious. He was flown to hospital by helicopter, but luckily was not hurt badly and was able to leave the hospital the next day.

When Svindal came to the leaders area, Miller was laughing and joked with him with some profanity which was broadcast around the world. Svindal won the race with an average speed of 87.67 km/hr by 0.28 seconds or 6.8 metres in front of Miller. The sensation of the race was bronze medalist Weibrecht who had never previously placed better than 10th in a World Cup race. Svindal won the first gold medal for Atomic at this Olympics. Miller, on the same skis as in the downhill and the only one of the top racers on downhill skis, won silver with Head, while Weibrecht took bronze using Rossignol.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
119Aksel Lund SvindalNOR1:30.34Gold
211Bode MillerUSA1:30.62Silver
33Andrew WeibrechtUSA1:30.65Bronze
418Werner HeelITA1:30.67
520Erik GuayCAN1:30.68
613Christof InnerhoferITA1:30.73
79Patrick StaudacherITA1:30.74
815Carlo JankaSUI1:30.83
914Tobias GrünenfelderSUI1:30.90
1016Didier CucheSUI1:31.06
116Aleš GorzaSLO1:31.07
121Kjetil JansrudNOR1:31.21
137Adrien ThéauxFRA1:31.24
1417Benjamin RaichAUT1:31.35
1522Didier DéfagoSUI1:31.43
1623Ivica KostelićCRO1:31.47
1724Georg StreitbergerAUT1:31.49
1828Andrej ŠpornSLO1:31.58
198Ted LigetyUSA1:31.70
2010Mario ScheiberAUT1:31.93
2121Michael WalchhoferAUT1:32.00
2236Guillermo FayedFRA1:32.03
2326Marco SullivanUSA1:32.09
2432Jan HudecCAN1:32.09
2539Lars MyhreNOR1:32.36
2643Ivan RatkićCRO1:32.67
2742Ferrán TerraESP1:32.75
2853Aleksandr KhoroshilovRUS1:32.84
2940Craig BranchAUS1:32.89
3034Jono BrauerAUS1:32.92
315Gauthier de TessièresFRA1:33.17
3233Ed DrakeGBR1:33.20
3357Roger VidosaAND1:33.65
3431Petr ZáhrobskýCZE1:33.83
3552Paul de la CuestaESP1:34.03
3650Stepan ZuyevRUS1:34.13
3751Jaroslav BabušiakSVK1:35.25
3845Tim CafeNZL1:35.55
3964Kevin EsteveAND1:35.67
4048Johnny AlbertsenDEN1:35.69
4158Stefan GeorgievBUL1:36.32
4244Maui GaymeCHI1:36.56
4360Igor ZakurdayevKAZ1:36.97
4459Andrey DryginTJK1:38.03
4562Stefán Jón SigurgeirssonISL1:39.12
AC29Patrik JärbynSWEDNF
AC2Stephan KepplerGERDNF
AC41David PoissonFRADNF
AC30Marco BüchelLIEDNF
AC37Natko Zrnčić-DimCRODNF
AC47Ben GriffinNZLDNF
AC27Robbie DixonCANDNF
AC46Andreas RomarFINDNF
AC63Árni ÞorvaldssonISLDNF
AC61Jorge MandrúCHIDNF
AC12Manuel Osborne-ParadisCANDNF
AC54Truls Ove KarlsenNORDNF
AC55Sergey MaytakovRUSDNF
AC25Andrej JermanSLODNF
AC38Hans OlssonSWEDNF
AC4Peter FillITADQ1
AC35Andrej KrižajSLO1:33.16DQ2
AC56Martin VráblíkCZEDQ3
DNS49Cristian Simari BirknerARG