Swiss racer Feuz wins World Cup downhill at Beaver Creek

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01 Dec 2018, 04:28 IST
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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — Swiss racer Beat Feuz has little question why he wound up on high — the downhill race was moved from the highest.

Given the climate situations, organizers elected to start out the race from a reserve spot decrease on the hill.

Benefit: Feuz.

Feuz discovered the perfect line by means of troublesome situations to win a World Cup downhill race Friday. He completed in a time of 1 minute, 13.59 seconds to carry off teammate Mauro Caviezel by 0.07 seconds.

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway wound up third, 0.08 seconds again, as his reign got here to an finish. Svindal captured the final two downhill races at Beaver Creek earlier than Feuz’s speedy efficiency on softening snow.

Final season, when the course was working at full size, it was Svindal who edged Feuz by 0.15 seconds. The roughly 30-second portion of the course eliminated was a gliding part.

Benefit: Svindal.

“There’s one thing about gliding and if there are loads of rolls and for those who’re a tall man you possibly can work the terrain higher,” Svindal mentioned. “For those who’re shorter, you bounce round extra. Beat would not like the highest as a lot as I do.”

That is why Feuz did not thoughts the swap.

“To place it to the reserve begin, it was good for me,” Feuz mentioned by means of a translator. “My energy is just not within the flats. I used to be very decided to win right now. I instructed the coaches as soon as the beginning was moved down, ‘I’ve to seize the possibility to make the win.'”

The altering climate made it troublesome for everybody. Racers needed to cope with falling snow, inconsistent mild and fog — typically all three — on their manner by means of the demanding Birds of Prey course. There have been a number of massive crashes, together with one by Thomas Dressen of Germany the place he caught an edge and tumbled into the protecting fence. Dressen damage his knee and went to the hospital as a precaution.

The fifth racer to take the course, Svindal was satisfied he would not find yourself on the rostrum by the day’s finish. Much more so when two racers later Feuz knocked him from the highest spot.

However Svindal remained within the high three — bandaged left thumb and all. He damage it in a current coaching crash and might’t maintain his ski pole. So he tapes it to his glove as an alternative. He can also’t push out of the beginning gate.

Irrespective of, he skates out of it.

“I do not attempt to push, as a result of it is solely going to be 50 p.c of your regular pushing,” Svindal mentioned. “You must keep in mind out of the beginning, no pushing.”

To suppose, given all his accidents through the years, the 35-year-old Svindal wasn’t positive how a lot he had left. However he could not convey himself to go away the slopes. Not but.

“I am unsure if I do not need to do it,” joked Svindal, who received the Olympic downhill on the Pyeongchang Video games final February. “There’s an excessive amount of about it that I nonetheless like. Undoubtedly, it is coming towards the top. There isn’t any doubt. There’s one thing very nice whenever you cease doing one thing, simply figuring out you are 100 p.c positive you are finished.”

It is a strong begin to the season for the 31-year-old Feuz, who earned bronze within the Olympic downhill final winter along with profitable the general title final season within the self-discipline. He was sixth within the opening downhill of the season final weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta.

For Caviezel, this was his first podium end in a World Cup downhill occasion. He had two others within the super-G.

“It wasn’t straightforward. It was somewhat bit bumpy,” Caviezel mentioned. “Typically you have got good situations, typically not.”

With downhill coaching canceled Thursday, Caviezel was requested if he had an opportunity to squeeze in some powder snowboarding.

“Possibly after my profession,” Caviezel mentioned. “I need to be again right here for some holidays and luxuriate in it.”

American teammates Steven Nyman and Bryce Bennett tied for ninth. Nyman is steadily rounding again into type after knee surgical procedure that brought on him to overlook the Pyeongchang Olympics.

“It is getting higher after each alternative I’ve to ski,” Nyman mentioned. “I acquire loads of energy and energy each time I ski. The extra I ski, the extra assured I’ll develop into and hopefully chip away on the high. I am fairly psyched with what I did.”

The subsequent race at Beaver Creek will probably be a super-G on Saturday — climate allowing. Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria is the defending champion.

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