Kostelic Wins, Regains Slalom Lead

2011-12-21 11:33

FLACHAU, Austria (Dec. 21) - Reigning Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion Ivica Kostelic of Croatia regained the World Cup slalom lead by winning a gnarly night slalom by a mere .07 in Flachau Wednesday. Olympian Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT), the lone American to make the second run, finished 26th. The men's World Cup will now break for the Christmas holiday before returning Dec. 29 with the annual downhill in Bormio, Italy.


  • Ivica Kostelic won his second slalom of the early World Cup season to retake the discipline lead
  • Kostelic was also victorious at the Audi Birds of Prey slalom in Beaver Creek, CO
  • Heavy snow fell prior and throughout the race to create soft and challenging race conditions
  • Nolan Kasper finished 26th as the lone American in the second run
  • Ted Ligety and Will Brandenburg failed to qualify for the second run
  • Bode Miller, Jimmy Cochran and Will Gregorak did not finish the first run
  • Ligety and Miller, along with Tommy Ford and Tim Jitloff will compete in the Dec. 22 Alpine Rockfest in Andalo, Italy
  • The men's World Cup returns to action on Dec. 29 with the annual downhill in Bormio, Italy





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