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Lucky 13 for Sullivan in Lauberhorn

by
Tom Kelly
2013-01-19 06:36
 

WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 19) - Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) led the U.S. Ski Team Saturday finishing 13th in the fabled Lauberhorn, one of the most punishing downhills on the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup. Italian Christof Innerhofer took the win. Universal Sports Network will air coverage at 9:00 p.m. ET.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) was 13th in the Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen as Italy's Christof Innerhofer took the win.
  • Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was 21st.
  • Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) did not ski the downhill but caught a break when World Cup overall challenger Aksel Lund-Svindal of Norway went out.
  • Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) both went out while Lauberhorn rookie Jared Golderg (Holladay, UT) just missed World Cup points.
  • Action continues at Wengen with a slalom Sunday.
  • Universal Sports Network will air coverage at 9:00 p.m. EST.

QUOTES
Marco Sullivan

Today was not my best performance here. It was not a bad result but I was really hoping to capitalize on my early start number which is always seen as an advantage on this long course that gets continuously more bumpy as the day wears on. The result did move me back into the top ten in the season downhill standings.

Innerhofer skied the key turns flawlessly. He told me that when he was in the start he had a feeling that he has never had before. He wanted to risk everything and he did not care of the consequences. In other words he was in the zone and he executed his plan. Congrats to him, it is always a special thing to see racers win on these classic downhills.

Sasha Rearick, Head Coach
Sully skied pretty good. It's more points for him. He's moving up in the points step by step. He could have skied faster in a few areas by skiing a little cleaner. The light got flatter and flatter for the guys in the back like Goldberg. But he did a good job especially for the first time here. He's showing the right stuff.

Travis skied really good at the top and also at the bottom, but he had a few mistakes through the middle section that he just couldn't get the time back.
 
It was a smart thing for Ted to take today off, especially when you look at the loads that will come in the next few weeks. We have a lot of races - it was a smart decision.

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