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SOCHI SCENE: Many crashes in men's giant slalom

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  • Spain's Alex Puente Tasias slides down the course after crashing Wednesday during the first run of the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

      Spain's Alex Puente Tasias slides down the course after crashing Wednesday during the first run of the men's giant slalom at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
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SOCHI, Russia -- With 109 listed starters in men's giant slalom, there are bound to be lots of crashes. The slow-mo replay folks are having a field day.

Only 79 competitors finished their qualifying run Wednesday. Most of the others fell, sometimes in comical fashion, losing skis or their poles down the course and momentarily doing their best to try to salvage a hopeless run.

At one point, Antonio Pardo of Venezuela fell on his side and lost his skis, then pounded his hands into the snow in frustration -- all replayed in slow motion to live audiences.

Here's a sequence of photos by the AP's Charles Krupa of Andorra's Joan Verdu Sanchez taking a spill.

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