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Grading My Medal Predictions: Alpine Skiing

Bode Miller won a silver, which I predicted. He also won a Gold and Bronze.

I am planning on doing medal grades for each of the sports so I can get as many posts as possible out of it. As soon as Olympics Reference gets updated with Vancouver data I’ll be able to do some more in depth stuff, so this will have to whet your appetite.

Let’s start with the men:

Downhill

My predictions:

Gold – Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Canada

Silver – Didier Cuche, Switzerland

Bronze – Carlo Janka, Switzerland

Actual Results:

Didier Defago, Switzerland

Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

Bode Miller, United States

Well, that didn’t exactly go well. Osborne-Paradis finished all the way down in 17th, Cuche got 6th and Janka got 11th. Hopefully it gets better from here.

Super G

My Predictions:

Gold – Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

Silver – Didier Cuche, Switzerland

Bronze – Erik Guay, Canada

Actual Results:

Gold- Svindal

Silver – Bode Miller, United States

Bronze – Andrew Weibrecht, United States

Woot! My first correct answer. Svindal had been doing very well on the World Cup circuit, so he seemed the natural choice. Obviously Bode Miller is one of the most (and honestly probably the most) talented alpine skiier in the world, so it was inevitable that he would put it all together in a big competition. Cuche finished 10th in part of what was a disappointing Olympics, and Guay finished just out of the medals in 5th. No idea what Weibrecht put that run together with to be honest.

Combined

Predicted Results:

Gold – Benjamin Raich, Austria

Silver – Bode Miller, United States

Bronze – Carlo Janka, Austria

Actual Results:

Gold – Bode Miller, United States

Silver – Ivica Costelic, Croatia

Bronze – Silvan Zurbriggen, Switzerland

Me going out on a limb for Bode Miller worked well in this event. Raich ended up getting 6th. American Ted Ligety, who won Gold in Torino and is the World Cup leader, ended up getting 5th. Janka finished 4th. So I was pretty close to nailing this event. I’ll take it.

Giant Slalom

Predicted Results:

Gold – Benjamin Raich, Austria

Silver – Ted Ligety, United States

Bronze – Marcel Hirscher, Austria

Actual Results:

Gold – Carlo Janka, Switzerland

Silver – Kjetil Jansrud, Norway

Bronze – Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway

Well, whoops. As I said before, Raich had a disappointing Olympics, though his 6th place in this event isn’t terrible. Ligety finished 9th due to a poor second run, and Hirscher finished 4th, just .08 out of a medal. The Olympics are cruel, folks.

Now, the ladies:

Downhill

Predicted:

Gold – Lindsey Vonn, United States

Silver – Maria Riesch, Germany

Bronze – Emily Brydon, Canada

Actual:

Gold – Vonn

Silver – Julia Mancuso, United States

Bronze – Elisabeth Goergl, Austria

Mancuso’s silver was one of the shocks of the Olympics (or at least the alpine events). Riesch, who is Lindsey Vonn’s best friend, didn’t have the same luck as she finished 8th and Brydon finished 16th.

Super G

Predicted:

Gold – Lindsey Vonn, United States

Silver – Andrea Fischbacher, Switzerland

Bronze – Fabienne Suter, Switzerland

Actual:

Gold – Fischbacher

Silver – Tina Maze – Slovenia

Bronze – Vonn

Clearly a good job by me on this one. Suter did finish 13th, but I’m happy with my predictions.

Combined

Predicted:

Gold – Anja Paerson, Switzerland

Silver – Lindsey Vonn, United States

Bronze – Maria Riesch, Germany

Actual:

Gold – Riesch

Silver – Julia Mancuso, United States

Bronze – Paerson

This silver from Mancuso was another of the biggest surprises of the Olympics. Although, when does a double surprise turn into Mancuso just knowing how to turn it on in a big spot. Vonn crashed and thus did not finish.

Giant Slalom

Predicted:

Gold – Kathrin Hoelzl, Germany

Silver – Tina Maze, Slovenia

Bronze – Kathrin Zettel, Austria

Actual:

Gold – Viktoria Rebensburg, Germany

Silver – Maze

Bronze – Elisabeth Goergl, Austria

Hoelzl finished 6th, and Zettel finished 5th. Zettel was actually in 3rd after the first run, but a disastrous 2nd run put her almost a second back of the fastest time.

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  1. Paolo X
    March 3, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    It’s too soon now, but next week I will just watch replays of the alpine skiing and I don’t want to know more results. That’ll be while all everyone else will be talking about is college basketball. (yawn)

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