Jeremy Nobis of Park City, skiing on a course carved up by 26 earlier racers, brought the U.S. its only World Cup points in the final giant slalom of the season.
Nobis finished 13th in the race and was the only U.S. skier to make the top-30 cut and qualify for the second run.Winning the race was Alberto Tomba. The flamboyant Italian barreled through the final third of the Mount Tecumseh course with such abandon Thursday that he picked up almost a half second and won by one-hundredth of a second over Ole Christian Furuseth of Norway.
Tomba had earlier clinched the overall giant slalom title. This was his fifth victory in seven GS races.
For the U.S. coach, however, Nobis' finish was very pleasing. Considered one of the bright young hopes on the team, Nobis has gone through some rough times. He finished 7th in a GS in January, but for two months has failed to place in the top 15.
U.S. technical coach Georg Capual added that Nobis "needed to go down the hill twice and score points. He hasn't seen the finish line for a while."
Despite the good showing, Capaul believes Nobis is capable of more. "He's fast, very fast," but he was a bit cautious to make certain he finished, he added.
Nobis said his goal during the first run "was just to finish. On the second run, I made some mistakes, but went for it. To ski like I skied and still finish 13th . . . Well, I'm happy." His time was 2:29.91.
He also said he was bothered by an ankle injury suffered two weeks ago. "But I had to go for it. I wanted to finish. I've had trouble finishing lately," he added.
Tomba, who was third behind Furuseth and Rudolf Nierlich of Austria after the first run, finished in 2 minutes, 26.56 seconds. Nierlich was third in 2:26.94.