Travis Ganong Grabs First Podium In Norway World Cup Downhill
UPDATE (March 1): Travis Ganong, who 24 hours earlier stamped the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup top three of his career, finished fourth Saturday, a mere .05 from a second downhill podium in Kvitfjell.
ORIGINAL STORY: Travis Ganong from Squaw Valley, Calif. landed his first podium appearance as the World Cup circuit picked up Thursday after the Winter Olympics. Ganong finished third in the first of two scheduled downhills in Kvitfjell, Norway.
“This is a big step in my career,” Ganong said. He had finished fifth in the Olympic downhill in Sochi. “I’ve been slowing building up on the last four years on the World Cup tour and this last month or so I’ve really been finding some speed. Now, I’m at a point where I’m really relaxed and having fun.”
Olympic super G gold medalist Kjetil Jansrud of Norway and Austrian Georg Streitberger tied for the top spot. American Bode Miller finished 16th; Steven Nyman 18th; and Marco Sullivan 21st.
The twice-postponed races were first scheduled at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, but was re-scheduled for St. Moritz before the Olympics. Both were canceled due to weather. The course in Kvitfjell was shortened and made difficult by limited visibility.
Photo: Travis Ganong earlier this winter at Beaver Creek (Eric Schramm/USST)