Swiss speed specialist (and Alpine Insider fav) Beat Feuz broke the “runner-up” spell by claiming victory in last weekend’s two Downhill races on the legendary Streif (racecourse) in Kitzbühel.
Coming into the weekend the 33-year-old Swiss veteran only managed climbing to the second step on the Hahnenkahm’s Downhill podium scoring four prior 2nd place career finishes in the legendary race.
Last weekend was different and in a big way.
Under intermittent foggy conditions on Friday’s competition, Feuz crossed the finish line in 1:53:77 beating Austria’s Matthias Mayer by 0.16 seconds and the returning Dominik Paris (ITA) by 0.56 seconds. He continued his weekend domination on Sunday grabbing the top step of the podium again in 1:55:29. This time he would hold a 0.17-second edge in front of Johan Clarey (FRA), and 0.38 seconds ahead of Austrian Matthias Mayer.
Friday’s race was marred by two harrowing crashes. American Ryan Cochran-Siegle suffered a minor neck fracture (is there such a thing?) after failing to “stick the landing” on a jump along the traverse section of the course. Claiming his first World Cup win in Bormio’s Super-G in Bormio and a 2nd place finish in the Downhill in Val Gardena, the 28-year-old American reported feeling discomfort in his neck but little pain. While he is hopeful about a return to the circuit before the end of the season, he will miss the World Championships in February 8th to the 21st in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
A mere four racers later, Swiss skier Urs Kryenbuehl lost balance in mid-air on the final jump of the course resulting in a terrifying crash followed by a long slide pass the finish line. The 26-year-old was airlifted to a nearby medical facility and treated for a concussion, torn ligaments in the right knee, and a fractured collarbone. His return to the circuit is unknown.
Widely regarded one of the most dangerous Downhill runs on the World Cup: Experience it for yourself!
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