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Giant Slalom, Men1

Date23 February 2010
StatusOlympic
LocationWhistler Creekside, Whistler (Dave Murray GS)
Participants101 from 60 countries
FormatTwo runs, total time determined placement.
Course Setter (Run 1)David ChastanFRA
Course Setter (Run 2)Matteo GuadagniniITA
Venue detailsGates: 52
Length: 1509 m
Start Altitude: 1180 m
Vertical Drop: 375 m

Following earlier disruptions to the alpine skiing program, this event was postponed two days to allow the men’s super combined event to take place. There was no odds-on favorite for the 16th Olympic men’s giant slalom. Six of seven World Cup races were already held this winter and they had seen five different winners: Didier Cuche (Sölden), Carlo Janka (Beaver Creek), Massimiliano Blardone (Alta Badia), Ted Ligety (Kranjska Gora 1), and Marcel Hirscher (Val d’Isère, Kranjska Gora 2). The standings saw Ligety in the lead, followed by Blardone and Hirscher, who was the only racer to win two races in the current season and was also the last winner in Kranjska Gora about three weeks before the Olympics. Bode Miller, silver medalist in the 2002 giant slalom, who had already won a medal of each color in Vancouver, and Aksel Lund Svindal, with gold in the Super G and silver in the downhill, were considered podium candidates. The reigning world champion was Janka, who won gold in Val d’Isère 2009 with Benjamin Raich in second and Ligety in third. Raich (gold) was also the only medalist from Torino still competing as silver medalist Joël Chenal retired in 2009 and bronze medalist Hermann Maier retired just before the 2009-10 season. Only two World Cup giant slaloms had ever been held in Whistler. Ingemar Stenmark won there in 1975 while Hannes Reichelt won on 23 February 2008, but he did not qualify for this event in Vancouver.

Decided over two runs, the main surprise of the first run was the elimination of Miller, who missed a gate. At the end of the first run Janka was the leader with a time of 1:17.27, a mere 0.02 seconds ahead of Romed Baumann, Svindal 0.16 seconds back. So close was the run that less than one second separated Janka from 13th place Felix Neureuther. Starting in reverse order in the second run, Neureuther briefly led, but the best time of the second run came from Kjetil Jansrud in 1:20.15, starting in 11th position. Jansrud then had an anxious wait as the leaders came down. When Svindal came to take his second run, his combined time of 2:38.44 was not good enough to overtake his compatriot. Baumann then made mistakes, and finished only fifth. With a lead of 0.80 seconds over Jansrud, Janka skied well enough to finish with a combined time of 2:37.83, defeating Jansrud by 0.39 seconds to take the gold medal.

From the first six finishers five used Atomic skis, while only fifth placed Baumann was on Salomon. Two notable skiers lower down the order – Dow Travers, finishing 69th, and Muhammad Abbas finishing 79th – were the first ever competitors in a Winter Olympics from the Cayman Islands and Pakistan, respectively.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeRun 1Run 2
16Carlo JankaSUI2:37.831:17.27 (1)1:20.56 (3)Gold
24Kjetil JansrudNOR2:38.221:18.07 (11)1:20.15 (1)Silver
314Aksel Lund SvindalNOR2:38.441:17.43 (3)1:21.01 (8)Bronze
41Marcel HirscherAUT2:38.521:17.48 (5)1:21.04 (=9)
58Romed BaumannAUT2:38.801:17.29 (2)1:21.51 (20)
65Benjamin RaichAUT2:38.831:17.66 (6)1:21.17 (=12)
716Ivica KostelićCRO2:38.881:18.05 (10)1:20.83 (6)
833Felix NeureutherGER2:39.061:18.24 (13)1:20.82 (5)
97Ted LigetyUSA2:39.111:17.87 (8)1:21.24 (15)
1025Aleš GorzaSLO2:39.211:17.95 (9)1:21.26 (17)
113Massimiliano BlardoneITA2:39.351:17.47 (4)1:21.88 (24)
1215Philipp SchörghoferAUT2:39.371:18.37 (=14)1:21.00 (7)
1318Steve MissillierFRA2:39.431:18.20 (12)1:21.23 (14)
142Didier CucheSUI2:39.451:18.75 (21)1:20.70 (4)
1519Sandro VilettaSUI2:39.541:18.37 (=14)1:21.17 (=12)
1644Erik GuayCAN2:39.631:19.38 (29)1:20.25 (2)
1722Ondřej BankCZE2:39.641:18.39 (16)1:21.25 (16)
1810Alexander PlonerITA2:39.771:18.67 (20)1:21.10 (11)
1935Janez JazbecSLO2:39.961:18.92 (22)1:21.04 (=9)
209Davide SimoncelliITA2:39.961:18.52 (17)1:21.44 (19)
2117Truls Ove KarlsenNOR2:40.201:18.93 (23)1:21.27 (18)
2213Manfred MölggITA2:40.511:18.94 (24)1:21.57 (21)
2330Kryštof KrýzlCZE2:40.731:18.57 (18)1:22.16 (27)
2426Robbie DixonCAN2:40.981:19.20 (28)1:21.78 (22)
2541Andrej ŠpornSLO2:41.051:19.19 (27)1:21.86 (23)
2629Tommy FordUSA2:41.151:19.10 (26)1:22.05 (26)
2720Markus LarssonSWE2:41.431:19.46 (30)1:21.97 (25)
2824Leif Kristian HaugenNOR2:41.781:19.58 (32)1:22.20 (28)
2912Marc BerthodSUI2:42.101:19.00 (25)1:23.10 (31)
3037Andreas RomarFIN2:42.311:19.79 (33)1:22.52 (30)
3128Jake ZamanskyUSA2:42.351:19.85 (34)1:22.50 (29)
3240Paul de la CuestaESP2:43.221:20.06 (35)1:23.16 (33)
3359Andrej KrižajSLO2:44.221:20.48 (36)1:23.74 (36)
3438Cristian Simari BirknerARG2:44.631:20.87 (39)1:23.76 (37)
3551Patrick BiggsCAN2:44.831:21.71 (44)1:23.12 (32)
3648Andy NobleGBR2:44.851:20.79 (38)1:24.06 (38)
3749Ed DrakeGBR2:45.131:21.65 (43)1:23.48 (34)
3852Aleksandr KhoroshilovRUS2:45.361:21.28 (41)1:24.08 (39)
3962Filip TrejbalCZE2:45.411:21.74 (45)1:23.67 (35)
4045Sergey MaytakovRUS2:45.661:21.13 (40)1:24.53 (42)
4166Natko Zrnčić-DimCRO2:46.011:21.84 (46)1:24.17 (40)
4232Brad SpenceCAN2:46.241:20.61 (37)1:25.63 (47)
4356Björgvin BjörgvinssonISL2:46.711:21.44 (42)1:25.27 (45)
4453Jaroslav BabušiakSVK2:47.121:22.22 (50)1:24.90 (43)
4554Christophe RouxMDA2:47.121:22.70 (51)1:24.42 (41)
4660Iason AbramashviliGEO2:47.231:21.85 (47)1:25.38 (46)
4750Dave RydingGBR2:48.031:21.97 (49)1:26.06 (48)
4865Stefan GeorgievBUL2:48.911:23.82 (53)1:25.09 (44)
4968Ioan Gabriel NanROU2:50.011:23.86 (54)1:26.15 (49)
5078Jaba GelashviliGEO2:50.321:23.61 (52)1:26.71 (51)
5181Igor ZakurdayevKAZ2:51.361:24.50 (57)1:26.86 (52)
5255Jorge MandrúCHI2:51.551:24.96 (60)1:26.59 (50)
5377Antonio RistevskiMKD2:51.901:24.29 (55)1:27.61 (53)
5469Agustín TorresARG2:53.261:25.14 (61)1:28.12 (55)
5573Mikail RenzhinISR2:53.811:25.77 (62)1:28.04 (54)
5670Jhonatan LonghiBRA2:54.031:24.76 (59)1:29.27 (56)
5771Andrey DryginTJK2:55.291:25.82 (63)1:29.47 (57)
5876Marko RudićBIH2:56.361:26.85 (66)1:29.51 (58)
5987Vitalijus RumiancevasLTU2:56.791:27.27 (68)1:29.52 (59)
6067Pouria Saveh ShemshakiIRI2:57.701:26.44 (65)1:31.26 (63)
6188Bojan KosićMNE2:58.031:27.74 (70)1:30.29 (60)
6275Kristaps ZvejnieksLAT2:58.621:28.29 (71)1:30.33 (61)
6390Erjon TolaALB2:59.271:27.57 (69)1:31.70 (65)
6457Stepan ZuyevRUS2:59.731:26.32 (64)1:33.41 (68)
6582Stephanos TsimikalisGRE3:00.161:29.21 (73)1:30.95 (62)
6680Deyvid OprjaEST3:00.781:29.27 (74)1:31.51 (64)
67100Manfred OettlPER3:02.051:29.56 (76)1:32.49 (66)
6892Rostyslav FeshchukUKR3:02.531:29.79 (77)1:32.74 (67)
69101Dow TraversCAY3:02.891:29.39 (75)1:33.50 (69)
7074Hossein Saveh ShemshakiIRI3:05.871:31.31 (81)1:34.56 (71)
7179Márton BeneHUN3:05.971:31.08 (80)1:34.89 (73)
7291Jedrij NotzAZE3:05.981:30.78 (79)1:35.20 (74)
7399Leyti SeckSEN3:06.141:32.32 (85)1:33.82 (70)
7498Samir AzzimaniMAR3:06.631:32.02 (83)1:34.61 (72)
7589Li LeiCHN3:07.261:30.36 (78)1:36.90 (76)
7695Dmitry TrelevskyKGZ3:08.011:31.61 (82)1:36.40 (75)
7786Oleg ShamayevUZB3:09.181:32.20 (84)1:36.98 (78)
78103Hubertus von HohenloheMEX3:11.471:34.50 (86)1:36.97 (77)
7996Muhammad AbbasPAK3:20.581:38.27 (87)1:42.31 (79)
8094Marino CardelliSMR3:25.761:40.88 (88)1:44.88 (80)
81102Jamyang NamgialIND3:34.921:46.77 (89)1:48.15 (81)
AC11Cyprien RichardFRA1:17.86 (7)– (AC)DNF
AC27Marcus SandellFIN1:18.58 (19)– (AC)DNF
AC64Roger VidosaAND1:21.91 (48)– (AC)DNF
AC34André MyhrerSWE1:24.37 (56)– (AC)DNF
AC72Vasilios DimitriadisGRE1:24.64 (58)– (AC)DNF
AC85Ghassan AchiLBN1:27.19 (67)– (AC)DNF
AC93Christopher PapamichalopoulosCYP1:29.02 (72)– (AC)DNF
AC21Gauthier de TessièresFRA1:19.50 (31)– (DNS)DNF
AC31Bode MillerUSA– (AC)DNF
AC39Martin VráblíkCZE– (AC)DNF
AC42Dalibor ŠamšalCRO– (AC)DNF
AC84Arsen NersisyanARM– (AC)DNF
AC43Ferrán TerraESP– (AC)DNF
AC46Ben GriffinNZL– (AC)DNF
AC23Thomas Mermillod-BlondinFRA– (AC)DNF
AC83Erdinç TürkseverTUR– (AC)DNF
AC97Peter ScottRSA– (AC)DNF
AC58Kim U-SeongKOR1:23.17 (AC)DQ
AC61Danko MarinelliCRO1:22.93 (AC)DQ
AC63Markus KilsgaardDEN1:26.32 (AC)DQ
DNS36Hans OlssonSWE– (DNS)
DNS47Kilian AlbrechtBUL– (DNS)