KVITFJELL, Norway (AP) — Thomas Dressen won a men's World Cup downhill race on Saturday, less than two months after he became the first German winner in the discipline in 13 years.
Dressen edged world champion Beat Feuz of Switzerland by 0.08 seconds, while Olympic gold medalist Aksel Lund Svindal finished 0.17 back in third. Svindal's Norwegian teammate Kjetil Jansrud was fourth.
Olympic men’s downhill race is blowing in the wind
JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — The men's Olympic downhill course seems to suit the pre-race favorites. The weather might have other ideas.
Three days of practice runs on the rarely-raced Jeongseon hill showed three top contenders in good form: world champion Beat Feuz of Switzerland and past Olympic downhill medalists Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud — both from Norway.
"I think I'm ready," Svindal said Saturday after again improving his training time.
Innerhofer fastest in 1st practice for World Cup downhill
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Christof Innerhofer was fastest Thursday in the first training session for a downhill race.
The Italian sped down the 3.3-kilometer Kandahar (2-mile) course in 1 minute, 56.09 seconds, edging teammate Matteo Marsaglia by 0.42 seconds.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway was third, 0.89 behind Innerhofer, ahead of Austrian teammates Hannes Reichelt and Vincent Kriechmayr.
Dressen wins downhill for 1st German victory in 13 years
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Thomas Dressen ended Germany's 13-year wait for a men's World Cup downhill victory on Saturday, upsetting the pre-race favorites in the classic Hahnenkamm race.
Starting 19th and taking advantage of improved visibility during a brief spell of sunshine on a cloudy day, Dressen sped down the 3.3-kilometer Streif course in 1 minute, 56.15 seconds to beat then-leader Beat Feuz of Switzerland by 0.20 seconds.
Mayer beats Innerhofer, Feuz to win super-G in Kitzbuehel
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Matthias Mayer finally managed to get over last season's horrifying downhill crash, giving the host country a winning start to the traditional Hahnenkamm races on Friday.
The Olympic downhill champion wore a protective air bag system but still broke two vertebrae as his body slammed on an ice slope in Italy 13 months ago.
US skier Nyman fastest in 1st downhill training on Streif
KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Steven Nyman posted the fastest time in training Wednesday for the classic Hahnenkamm downhill.
In perfect weather conditions, the American timed 1 minute, 57.25 seconds on the 3.3-kilometer Streif course to lead Beat Feuz of Switzerland by 0.37, and Johan Clarey of France by 0.95.
Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer of Austria was 1.01 behind, and World Cup downhill champion Peter Fill of Italy trailed Nyman by 1.55.
Swiss downhill skier Beat Feuz sidelined by facial paralysis
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — World championships bronze medalist Beat Feuz could miss the opening Alpine World Cup speed races after suffering facial paralysis during training.
Switzerland's ski team says Feuz was diagnosed with nerve problems on the right side of his face at the University of Colorado hospital in Denver.
The team says the 29-year-old Feuz had similar symptoms for two weeks as a teenager, and his rehabilitation is "difficult to assess."