Tommy Ford celebrates at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Giant Slalom on Dec. 8, 2019 in Beaver Creek, Colo.
At the age of 31, Tommy Ford might still be getting better.
The two-time Olympian scored the third world cup podium of his career Monday, all coming in the past two seasons, in Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy, finishing in second place in giant slalom. Ford finished 0.73 seconds behind Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt, who held onto his lead from the first run. Odermatt became the first Swiss skier in 10 years to win a world cup giant slalom race. Ford finished 0.02 seconds ahead of Croatia’s Filip Zubcic.
The result comes nearly one year to the day from Ford’s first career world cup podium, when he won in giant slalom at Beaver Creek in Colorado. Later that season, Ford ran third at a world cup stop in Japan, and went on to finish in the top 5 of the giant slalom overall world cup standings.
Ford is off to a strong start this season, despite enduring schedule changes dictated by weather. The race in Italy was originally schedule for Val-D’Isere, France, but a lack of snow saw it shift to Santa Caterina. Skiers got in one race on Saturday, but bad weather forced Sunday’s action to Monday. Zubcic won Saturday’s race, with Odermatt third and Ford in sixth.
Ford raced in giant slalom at the 2010 and 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and has also competed in four world championships.