Speed packed days at Copper Mountain
It has been a busy few days at Copper Mountain, Colorado as the US Speed Center hosted the first speed races of the 2013/14 season in North America. Over the course of two packed days, the men competed in two downhill, two super-G and two super combined races.
U.S. Ski Team’s Erik Fisher won both downhill races, which were held the same day.
In the morning race Fisher finished ahead of Austria’s Matthias Mayer who clocked the second fastest time while Georg Streitberger and American Marco Sullivan tied for third.
In the afternoon race, Steven Nyman claimed second while Austria’s Georg Streitberger showed consistency by once again placing third. Andrew Weibrecht, who won the sole training run preceding the races, could not capitalize on his training speed and placed 11th and 22nd.
The following day it was time for American Travis Ganong to shine. After a DNF and seventh place in the downhills, he won the first super-G of the day 0.12 seconds ahead of Canadian Morgan Pridy while Austrian Max Franz finished third, .88 seconds slower than Ganong.
In the second super-G, the top two spots remained unchanged while Vincent Kriechmayr and Max Franz shared the last spot on the podium.
The day after his back-to-back downhill victory, Fisher couldn’t keep his speed up in the super-G and failed to finish one race and finished 11th in the second one. Bode Miller, who is aiming high in his comeback year finished 14th and 16th.
Pridy kept podiums coming in the super combined, as he won ahead of Croatian Natko Zrncic - Dim and American Nick Daniels.
The second super combined went to Vincent Kriechmayr who finished ahead of Daniels and Pridy.
The action in Copper Mountain continues as the ladies are taking over the hill for the two super-G, two super combined and one giant slalom races on the schedule.