It was a nerve-wracking 29 run in which all Beat Feuz could do was sit and hope his first hold would hold, but the Swiss skier eventually won the race. That elusive gold in men’s skiing. Of course, it helps when you post the fastest ever in men’s downhill skiing at the Olympics.
Feuz arrived in Beijing as the podium favorite after winning two medals in PyeongChang – bronze in the downhill and silver in the Super-G. The 34-year-old was the 13th skier out of the gate, finishing the course in 1:42.69, one tenth of a second ahead of his nearest competitor.
After a quick start, Feuz made a wide jump and looked in danger of slipping but he quickly recovered to take the front right. This is the fourth time Switzerland has won gold in this tournament, the most recent being in 2010.
Six opponents later, Johan Clarey of France hit a time of 1:42.79 to advance to silver. At 41, Clarey is the oldest medalist in the event in five years, a record previously held by American Bode Miller, who won bronze in 2014 at the age of 36.
Matthias Mayer of Austria finished the podium at 1:42.85. Mayer won gold in Sochi at the age of 23 but failed to defend the title in PyeongChang, placing 9th overall.
American Ryan Cochran-Siegle registered the strongest time for Team America, crossing the finish line at 1:43.91, good for 14th. Teammates Bryce Bennett and Travis Ganong finished in second, respectively. 19th and 20th place.
Switzerland, France and Austria are some of the historic heavyweights in the event, along with Italy and Norway. Meanwhile, the US has not won a medal in the event since Miller won bronze at the Sochi Olympics. The only other US medals in the event came from Bill Johnson and Tommy Moe, who won gold in 1984 and 1994 respectively.
Another early favorite for medals was Norway’s Aleksander Kilde. Kilde improved to 15th in PyeongChang but failed to make it past the top 5, finishing in 5th. A prolific skier, Kilde is one half of the skiing power couple. He and American Mikaela Shiffrin have made their relationship public since the beginning of last summer.
The event garnered some attention early in the Olympics when high winds canceled a midway training session and postponed the event itself, originally scheduled to start at 10pm on Saturday. by ET. Italy’s Kilde, Mayer and Christof Innerhofer are the only three athlete who had a chance to practice before the training session earlier this week was cancelled.
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