Obviously, the Swiss and Americans have no concern for making the home team feel special on Austria’s national holiday. Albrecht won the men’s race, while Cuche was second and Ligety third. Bode was in the hunt after the first run, but had an average second run to end up 10th—he said he broke a ski coming over the final roller.
Svindal is still trying to get rid of the rust that has accumulated from his year away from competition, but still ended up 13th. You could see a marked improvement between his first and second run, but right now, the Swiss are skiing head and shoulders above everyone else. Raich was the best Austrian on the day in fourth, much to the chagrin of “The Power Team”.
One other bit of irony—I noticed a mannequin in the window of the ski shop that is located adjacent to the press center at the glacier—it is sporting a Beaver Creek race bib. In case you’re wondering, the Maria Riesch fan club won the award last night at the parade—1,500 Euros. Bode did not drive the motor home in the parade.