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Carlo Janka of Switzerland leads after first run of men's giant slalom

February 23, 2010 | 11:35 am


Carlo Janka of Switzerland leads after the the first run of the Olympic giant slalom race, while Bode Miller missed a gate in his pursuit of a record fourth Alpine medal.

Janka was timed in 1 minute, 17.27 seconds with a second run to follow in the afternoon.

Miller almost crashed in the top half of the course and then couldn't correct his line coming out of a right-hand gate in the second half.

Romed Baumann of Austria was second after the first run in the GS, 0.02 second behind Janka, and Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, was 0.16 back in third.

Pre-race favorite Ted Ligety of the United States trailed Janka by 0.60 in eighth place.

Ligety said the gap “is not enough for those guys to feel comfortable about it.”

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada   

Photo: Carlo Janka competes during the giant slalom. Credit: Jerry Lai / U.S. Presswire