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Bode Miller may be getting all the headlines with his eighth-place finish in the downhill, but American teammate Travis Ganong sprang onto the Olympic scene with a fifth-place finish in his Games debut.

Ganong, 25, started the run in seventh, but won the last two intervals to finish higher than he ever had in an international event.

“I’ve been methodically building my career over the last four or five years in the World Cup and getting better and better each year and lowering my ranking and gaining more confidence,” Ganong said. “Now I’m at a point where I know my skiing’s good and I can be relaxed. That’s a really fun place to be because then you’re just having fun every race.”

Skiing Coach Sasha Rearick added, “I’m excited for Travis to be able to come out and execute. I was really exited to see him come out and ski like he can, and that shows me a lot of his courage and ability to come out on race day and charge.”

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