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Mayer storms to victory in Lake Louise

The Austrian men’s speed team started the season on the right note, going 1-2 in the Audis FIS men’s World Cup Lake Louise downhill.

Matthias Mayer and Vincent Kreichemayr were the heroes of the day, with Mayer topping his teammate by 0.23 seconds. Third place went to four-time defending downhill globe winner Beat Feuz, 0.35 off the winning pace.

Mayer has enjoyed success on in Lake Louise, regularly finishing in the top-10 and most recently enjoying the victory in the last super-G at the venue in 2019.

It was an elite podium today with all of the top-three being multiple Olympic, World Champion or World Cup winners. The season opener couldn't ask for more.

Last year the races were cancelled in Lake Louise, and all of North America, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this season it was all systems go.  Most of the top speed athletes had the opportunity to have training camps in North America for a few weeks prior to this weekend’s races in Canada.

Despite all the preparations, the racers had to have patience to finally earn World Cup points as yesterday’s debut downhill for the 2021-22 season was cancelled due to heavy snowfall. But today, everything was in good condition for the athletes to make their debut in the Olympic season.

Action will continue tomorrow when the super-G takes center stage. The race is scheduled to start a 20:15 CET and 12:15 local time.

 
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