Finally the sun decided to come out on Thursday morning in Saalbach and thanks to the incredible work from the organisers and the slope crew, the first of the two races of the week was a great success.
At the end of the day it's Thomas Dressen (GER) who celebrates his fifth career Downhill victory, the second in a row after his success in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in early February. The German speed ace goes full throttle and takes a few risks, clocking the fastest time of the day.
"Today it was just amazing and I was actually surprised when I saw the green light after the mistake I did at the top. I went to school just 30 minutes from here, and today I met some classmates and teachers from my school. It's just like coming home", said Dressen after the race.
Dressen proves once again that he is the best German Downhiller of all-time, being the first German athlete to win two consecutive downhill races.
Runner-up Beat Feuz (SUI), takes once again the second place (+0.07) and fails to grab his first Austrian victory. It's the sixth time that Feuz finishes second in an Austrian venue. The Swiss skier shows again an incredible consistency, achieving the 18th podium in the last 21 Downhill races.
The Swiss team was on fire today, taking also the third, the fourth and the fitfth spots with Mauro Caviezel, Carlo Janka and Niels Hintermann. Caviezel was only 0.02s slower than teammate Feuz and celebrates his second podium of the season after the third place achieved in Beaver Creek.
On Friday morning at 11.00 CET, the second and last race in Saalbach will take place, hoping that the weather does not cause too much trouble.