N. Americans Sharp

Hermann Maier’s victory in a World Cup giant slalom came as no shock. After all, Austrians took six of the top 10 spots in the race.

The surprises, though, came from two North Americans - Thomas Grandi, whose third place was the best ever by a Canadian man, and Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., who surprisingly finished 11th.

Grandi, an Italian native who holds dual citizenship, became the first Canadian man to finish in the top three of a World Cup giant slalom. The previous best was Jim Hunter’s fourth place at Val d’Isere in 1973.

Miller, a member of the U.S. “C” team, ended a shutout streak for the Americans - who did not score a point in men’s World Cup giant slaloms last year. Racers score points by finishing in the top 30.

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