Dominik Paris claims the downhill win in Chamonix
The 9th Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill of the season was staged today in Chamonix. The famous “Verte des Houches” track was prepared perfectly and despite a very light snowfall, the race could take place under great conditions.
One man is feeling particularly good on this race course, it’s South Tyrolean Dominik Paris. After finishing 2nd in Friday’s Alpine Combined, with the second best time of the downhill run, the Italian claimed the spot at the very top of the podium today.
“I like this course,” said Paris. “but it’s a difficult one to interpretate, you never know if you are fast or not, so I’m very happy about my win. Things started to get better for me in January and Jeongseon was the trigger for me, the confidence is back since Korea.”
American Steven Nyman skied a strong run out of bib number 12 and could hold on his podium spot until the last racer came through the finish line. He finished second, +0.35 off Paris’ pace.
"In Jeongseon, I took a big step forward in my confidence,” said Nyman. “I've been skiing well and I got rid of some questions that were in my head. I just started skiing faster and faster and getting on the podium in Jeongseon was really good for me. Today, Dom had a really good run and I was impressed with his bottom because I skied really well down there. So, hats off to him.”
In third position, Switzerland’s Beat Feuz impressed his fellows again by claiming his 3rd podium of the season as he is coming back from injury.
“It’s incredible to be on the podium again,” said Feuz. “I came into the season without training and made three podiums so far; Kitzbuehel, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and now here. It’s amazing. I had good and bad moments on this slope here in Chamonix. 4 years ago when we were here I was fast, but I also had slow runs, as this year in the trainings for example. So I didn’t really know and it’s a good surprise.”
The men’s World Cup Tour moves on to Stockholm, where a City Event will take place on Tuesday evening. The 16 best men’s and ladies’ slalom skiers will go for exciting head-to-head fights, make sure you don’t miss it.