Nolan Kasper recorded a great second run in men's slalom in Bansko Bulgaria to give the U.S., along with Ted Ligety, two top-10 finishers. Kasper is shown here competing in January. (Getty Images/AFP-Dimitar Dilkoff)
BANSKO, Bulgaria (Feb. 19) - Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) produced strong second runs to finish sixth and seventh at an Audi FIS Alpine World Cup slalom in Bansko that saw Austrian Marcel Hirscher win. Kasper, standing 23rd after the first run, laid down the second fastest final run as Ligety landed in the top-10 for the second straight race. Hirscher was unbeatable in Bansko and climbed within 18 points of World Cup overll leader Ivica Kostelic of Croatia.
Nolan Kasper (Warren, VT) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) finished sixth and seventh respectively in the Banski World Cup slalom
Kasper's turned in the second-fastet run after finishing 23rd in the first run
Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) recorded his second straight slalom top 10
Austrian Marcel Hirscher achieved the weekend sweep in Bansko and is 18 points off the overall lead
Hirscher is also 35 points off the World Cup slalom lead
Croatian Ivica Kostelic, leading both the slalom and overall standings, is injured and did not race
Next up is the Audi FIS Ski World Cup event Feb. 21, in Moscow
QUOTES Ted Ligety It's good to get another result in slalom. It’s been a little up and down but its always nice to get a top 10. Yesterday was a bummer but I just let that go. It’s not something I can worry too much about.
The snow was good in some places and crumbly in some places. It didn’t hold up that well but it was what it was. It was not great snow here.
Mike Day, Technical Head Coach They did a nice job on the second run definitely. For Nolan picking up the pace again and seeing both those guys in the top 10 is exciting.
On Kasper: The first round was definitely not his best skiing as of late. I wouldn’t even say the second was but it was substantially better than the first. He has definitely had an up and down season coming back from the hip surgery.
On Ligety: He has turned around and skied pretty well in the last two races.