Thomas Dressen wins his second career downhill in Kvitfjell
After two training days with difficult conditions in Norway’s Kvitfjell, the skies cleared for today’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill and the track was in a good shape to host the last event in this discipline before the World Cup Finals. The battle for the win was won by Germany’s Thomas Dressen, while the two contenders for the discipline cup rounded out the podium.
The sensational winner of the Kitzbueheler downhill, young Thomas Dressen from Germany, managed to claim another win in his absolute best World Cup season so far. Starting in the 25th position of the standings after last season, the 24 years old made his way up starting with a 3rd place in Beaver Creek and never skiing out of the top 15 this season. With now two World Cup victories on his winning list, Dressen is now in third in the discipline standings.
Only +0.08 behind him, the Swiss “Kugelblitz” Beat Feuz grabs his 31st podium in career, the 6th on the Olympiabakken in Kvitfjell. With this good performance, he is able to extend his lead in the discipline standings and will go into the last race of the season with 60 points over his rival Aksel Lund Svindal. The downhill World Champion has a chance to take a World Cup globe for the first time in his career, after he was second in the Overall, in the downhill, in the combined and third in the super-g in 2011/2012.
The Norwegian champion was particularly happy to be back racing on home snow, after he missed the three last edition of the World Cup in Kvitfjell due to injuries. The big support of the crowd and a strong run brought him a third place today, +0.17 off the winning pace. Even though 20 precious points were lost over Beat Feuz for the downhill standings, the current Olympic champion was satisfied to be able to ski at his best level until the end of the season and is looking forward to the last downhill in Are next week.
Tomorrow, the program at World Cup Kvitfjell goes on with a super-g, starting at 10.30.