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"From a technical and tactical state of point, Travis learns from Bode, for sure," Rearick said. "Bode gives him feedback. I'm sure that helps Travis."
It turned out to be just that. finisher on the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center course, ending up 5th overall with a time of 2:06:64 in the first Alpine race of the 2014 Winter Games. Gold medal favorite Bode Miller finished an unexpected 8th at 2:06:75.
Miller, 36, who said he was disappointed "to not have a better result next to my name," praised his younger teammate's strong showing in his first Olympic event.
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"And you know, I like that as a mom," she said. "I know he's not going to do something crazy. I think he's going to do the best he can but he's going to ski within what he can do."
"My run was awesome I had a smile on my face at the finish."
"I mean Travis, you can't be that surprised with it because he's been skiing great all year," Miller said as he walked from the base of the hill. "He's one of those guys who has confidence in his abilities and he'll go out and ski hard no matter what. He doesn't surprise me that much that he's in there. Men's Alpine Head Coach Sasha Rearick said he was excited by Ganong's performance.
Marco Sullivan, 33, of Truckee, Calif., racing in his fourth Olympics, finished 30th with a time of 2:10:10.
Next up for Ganong and Sullivan: the men's Super G on Feb. 16.
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"We can't believe it," said Travis' mom, Jan Ganong, beaming. "We are so thrilled."
to start tearing up," Rick Ganong said as the race results began to sink in.
be fired up so.
Taking the downhill gold medal was Matthias Mayer of Austria with a time of 2:06:23. The silver went to Christof Innerhofer of Italy (2:06:29) and bronze to Kjetil Jansrud of Norway (2:06:33).
Rearick said Miller has been a mentor to Ganong and has helped with his development.
Travis Ganong grew up skiing and racing at Squaw Valley and was coached early on by Marco Sullivan's uncle, Mark Sullivan. "He Reebok Question Mid Red
"Travis did a great job, I mean, to come into his first Olympic Games and put down a great run," Rearick said. "He came out and embraced the opportunity to go out and focus on the skiing so he did a great job. It's the best result of his career.
"I went out there and I just made some turns and I enjoyed the moment and had a good run," said Ganong, 25. "When you do that top to bottom, link all the turns together, fly off the jumps so big and come across the finish line, it's hard not to Reebok Peach Sneakers
The family of Travis Ganong watch his race at the Sochi Olympics. From left to right are Rick Ganong, father, Squaw Valley, Jan Ganong, mother, Squaw Valley, Megan Shirley, sister, her husband, Jesse Shirley, of Alpine Meadows, Barbara Ganong, aunt, of Golden, Colo., Ali Ganong Krause, sister, of Truckee and her husband Paul Krause, Truckee(Photo: Martha Bellisle/RGJ)KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia Travis Ganong's soccer jersey number was 7 when he was growing up, his mother said. So when he was randomly assigned to ski seventh in the men's downhill Sunday at the Sochi Olympics and he was handed the No. 7 bib, they took it as a good sign.
The race was Ganong's career best performance, said his father, Rick Ganong, who anxiously and excitedly watched the race from the grandstand with six other family members, outfitted in Reebok Pump Running Shoes red, white and blue fur hats and "TRAVIS GANONG" scarves and flags.
"I'm excited for Travis, to be able to come out and execute. I was real excited to see him come out and ski how he can. That shows me a lot his courage and ability to come out on a race day and charge."
was head ski coach for Squaw Valley and he coached all my kids and Marco," Rick Ganong said. Women's Alpine Team, so the family is familiar with watching fast and sometimes scary races, Jan Ganong said.
Travis' jump into ski race was a natural progression, Rick Ganong said.
Jan Ganong said Travis has always "skied within himself."
"He just loves the snow, whether it's a Nordic ski or Alpine ski or a shovel, he's on it as much as he can," Rick Ganong said. "And the terrain at Squaw Valley has helped him to become a very balanced skier, actually, a beautiful skier."
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