Birds of Prey American Giant Slalom winner Tommy Ford is a fan of Wu-Tang Clan |

American Giant Slalom winner Tommy Ford is a fan of Wu-Tang Clan

Tommy Ford races his way to his first World Cup win at the Xfinity Birds of Prey on Sunday at Beaver Creek.
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Tommy Ford, winner of the Giant Slalom at the Birds of Prey FIS World Cup, is a Wu-Tang Clan fan.

When asked during his post-race press conference appearance what music he’d most like to listen to during a victory lap, he said, “Wu-Tang comes to mind.” There were some cheers from other fans watching the press conference.

Affectionately called Wu-Tang, the ‘90s New York rap group is most famous for “C.R.E.A.M.,” which stands for Cash Rules Everything Around Me. The song is off the 1993 album, “Enter the Wu-Tang.” Spotify has called the Wu-Tang “the most revolutionary rap group of the ‘90s – and only partially because of their music.”

After the first run down the GS course on Sunday, Ford bagged first place and was able to maintain his spot after making the flip. He finished with 2 minutes, 31.25 seconds on the clock. Norweigans Henrik Kristoffersen and Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen took second and third place respectively.

Ford, from Bend, OR., grew up skiing at Mt. Bachelor and raced on the Dartmouth College ski team. He also races in the Super G. Today’s first place title marks his first victory at the World Cup, and brownie points for winning on home snow.

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“It’s really good to be here with the Talons Crew and my family and friends,” he said.

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