The last week-end of speed races before the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals kicked off with the downhill today in Kvitfjell. Two athletes have been dominating the discipline this season, and it was no different on the Olympiabakken, where Dominik Paris took the win ahead of Beat Feuz. Austria’s Matthias Mayer completes the podium.
He already won in Bormio and in Kitzbuehel this season, and for the first time in his career, Dominik Paris manages do earn three wins in a discipline. This adds to his win in the super-g in Bormio and at the World Championships in Åre. All in all a fantastic season for the South Tyrolean, who still has a shot to the discipline globe as he is now 80 points behind Beat Feuz, with one race to go. But Paris doesn’t think about the points; he is confident, enjoying his skiing and looking forward to the World Cup Finals.
Beat Feuz was on the podium in every downhill race this season, except Lake Louise. Today’s second place in Kvitfjell is part of that incredible streak, where Feuz constantly skis at the highest level. Already last year, when he won the downhill globe, Feuz said he thought this was an impossible feat for someone with his injury history. So he is extremely happy to be leading the cup standings by 80 points before the last race and will try to defend his title in Soldeu.
It’s the first downhill World Cup podium of the season for Matthias Mayer. The double Olympic champions has been very fast in many sections and trainings, but struggled to bring it down on race day. So this podium, the 21st of his career, comes as a relief and motivates him for the last races of the season. Last year, he was able to claim the win at the World Cup Finals in Åre, so he knows how to manage his energy level all the way to the end.
Tomorrow, the racing action will go on with a super-g held at 11:00. The situation in the super-g standings is very tight, with five winners in as many races and not less than 10 athletes who have a realistic chance to win the discipline globe.
Full results are available here: Kvitfjell DH
Quotes from the Top 3 are available here: Soundcloud