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Big Weekend for Tech Men in Slovenia

by
Megan Harrod
2016-03-03 15:12
 

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (March 3, 2016) – Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) and David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) will lead a big group of skiers into a pair of Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom races – one a make-up race from Garmisch – and one slalom race this weekend.

It’s been a challenging season for the men’s tech team, especially for the giant slalom specialists, who have experienced a moody Mother Nature forcing multiple race cancellations. The schedule changes have certainly affected athletes like Jitloff mentally, who has been working tirelessly with his technician to dial in his equipment set-up the last few weeks.

“I have two more races coming up in Kranjska Gora,” said Jitloff after the second giant slalom race in Hinterstoder last Sunday. “I’m going to take a rest here for a few days before I go there we’re going to try a few new things just to try and get the energy back into it and hopefully I can reel this back in before the end of the season.”

Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who has won the crystal globe on two occasions in this discipline, is in hunt for his 10th crystal globe this weekend. In his career, he has won 37 World Cup races in all disciplines. France’s Alexis Pinturault will be hard to beat, though, having come out victorious in the last three giant slalom races. It’s going to be a barn-burner in Kranjska!

Keep an eye out for young gun AJ Ginnis (Vouliagmeni, Greece) – this will be his first World Cup race back from an injury sustained earlier this season, and also his (lucky number) seventh World Cup start.

The men will ski giant slalom on Friday and Saturday and close out the weekend with a slalom race on Sunday.

Kranjska Gora (GS, SL) Starters
Michael Ankeny – GS, SL
David Chodounsky – GS, SL
Kieffer Christianson – GS
Ryan Cochran-Siegle – GS
Samuel Dupratt – GS
Mark Engel – SL
Tommy Ford – GS
AJ Ginnis – SL
Tim Jitloff – GS
Robby Kelley – SL
Tim Kelley – SL
Hig Roberts – SL
Brennan Rubie – GS

QUOTES

Tim Jitloff
I have two more races coming up in Kranjska Gora, and I’m going to take a rest here for a few days before I go there we’re going to try a few new things just to try and get the energy back into it and hopefully I can reel this back in before the end of the season.

Broadcast and Live Streaming (times EST)
Friday, March 4
4:00 a.m. Men’s giant slalom run 1, Kranjska Gora - LIVE - NBC Sports Live Extra
7:00 a.m. Men’s giant slalom run 2, Kranjska Gora - LIVE - NBC Sports Live Extra

Saturday, March 5
3:30 a.m. Men’s giant slalom run 1, Kranjska Gora - LIVE - NBC Sports Live Extra
6:30 a.m. Men’s giant slalom run 2, Kranjska Gora - LIVE - NBC Sports Live Extra

Sunday, March 6
3:30 a.m. Men’s slalom run 1, Kranjska Gora - LIVE - NBC Sports Live Extra
6:30 a.m. Men’s slalom run 2, Kranjska Gora - LIVE - NBC Sports Live Extra