Friday, November 5, 2010

LEVI PREP

Here is some video from the past few days in Vail, Colorado. The U.S. Men's tech team has been training in preparation for the second world cup of the year in Levi, Finland. Since there were open spots for the race, 7 guys fought head to head in a time trial for the last remaining one. The format took your best time out of 3 runs, fastest guy get the spot. Five guys already had confirmed spots for the race before the time trial happened. Headlining the group is Ted Ligety and Bode Miller with Will Brandenburg, Tim Jitoff and myself also planning on competing. This left the rest of the guys to try for that last spot. Even though the five of us were already in for the race, we participated in the time trial to make it more of a race simulation. I was able to set the pace early with the fastest first run time followed by Will and the others. Will made a race of it having a great second run and pulling to within .01 of my first run time. My second run didn't fare as well, failing to finish after a couple bobbles and an impeding broken gate. At this point, Tommy Ford was leading for the guys trying to get the last spot. With one run to go, some guys were feeling the pressure and other stepped up to the plate. I managed to almost replicate my first run, tying Will's second run, .01 off my best time while Will threw down the fastest time of the day, but was DQed after straddling a gate in one of the under gates. Colby Granstrom stepped up and finished his third run leading all the the guys vying for the Levi spot but a few guys still had to take their last run. Nick Daniels found some fire and was able to ski really well but missed beating Colby by only seven hundredths. That sealed it for Colby and he will be our sixths starter in Levi and also making his world cup debut. You know what that means... Look out for Colby rocking a brand new hairstyle to be cut this week. Below are some of the fastest times from the time trial and some video to go with it.

Nolan Kasper- 41.87 run 1
Will Brandenburg- 41.88 run 2
Colby Granstrom- 42.49 run 3
Nick Daniels- 42.56 run 3
Tommy Ford- 42.96 run 2
Dave Chodounsky- 43.16 run 3
Andy Phillips- 43.50 run 2
Will Gregorak- 43.54 run 1
Michael Ankeny 43.68 run 1

TT Video

Nolan run 1

Will B run 2

Nolan run 3


Nolan 11/4/10


Will B 11/4/10




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