Fill takes downhill globe, Feuz wins the day
Under snowy skies in St. Moritz (SUI), the men’s downhill season title was decided with five racers in the hunt for the crystal globe going into today’s deciding race. In the end Peter Fill (ITA), who sat in a tie for first place in the downhill standings heading into today, walked away with the globe after earning a tenth-place finish.
Fill became the first-ever Italian male to win the downhill globe. He was not a headline grabber during the season, earning only two downhill podiums, but his consistency and ability to almost always land in the top 10 earned him the globe.
"It was a great feeling and a dream came true for me today," said a happy Fill. "It was not an easy race for me today as the last racer, the visibility wasn't good and conditions were hard, but in the end it was a perfect day."
Second and third place on the season went to the Norwegian duo of Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud, Svindal missed the last portion of the season after suffering an ACL injury in Kitzbühel, while Jansrud’s fourth-place finish was not enough to overcome Fill in the downhill standings. It is the first time since 2012 that a Norwegian has not won the downhill globe.
Beat Feuz gave the Swiss fans reason to celebrate as he won today’s race, topping American Steven Nyman by 0.08 seconds. Canadian Erik Guay rounded out the day’s podium finishing 0.54 seconds off the winning pace.
"It definitely means a lot to win this race here in St. Moritz today," said Feuz. "With next year being the World Championships, it gives some confidence and it is a great way to end the season."
Svindal and Fill were tied for the downhill lead heading into today with 436 points each. Fill was in pole position to take home the globe especially after leading yesterday’s training.
Skiers woke up to 10 cm of fresh snow this morning and tricky conditions, but thanks to the great anticipation by the St. Moritz Organizers, the men’s race was only delayed by 30 minutes and the racers enjoyed quality conditions for the last downhill of the season.
Tomorrow, the super-G takes center stage at the World Cup Finals in another hotly contested globe battle. Mathematically, six racers are still in running to take home the discipline globe, with Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde leading the pack by a slim 25-point margin.
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