A glance at the men's downhill race Saturday at world champs

BY foxsports • February 6, 2015


The men's downhill race on Saturday


Gold, Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway. Silver, Dominik Paris, Italy. Bronze, David Poisson, France.


Kjetil Jansrud of Norway: He was a heavy favorite until he banged up his shoulder in a super-G race Thursday. The Norwegian team said he's all right and just sore. Jansrud has won three downhill races this season, including the one held at Beaver Creek in December.

Dominik Paris of Italy: Proven to be fast all season. He's second in the World Cup downhill standings behind Jansrud. Was runner-up in a Kitzbuehel downhill to Jansrud on Jan. 24.

Hannes Reichelt of Austria: Feels right at home on this difficult course. He won the super-G on Thursday and a World Cup competition in the discipline at this venue in December. His first-ever World Cup win was at Beaver Creek in 2005.


Matthias Mayer, Austria. He did capture the Olympic downhill gold at Sochi last February. He finished tied with Jansrud for fourth in the super-G.

Travis Ganong, United States. The skier from Squaw Valley, California, had his first World Cup downhill victory in Italy on Dec. 28.


''In events like this, you have to really risk everything and go for it and hope for the best.'' Steven Nyman of the U.S.


The world championships are over for American skier Bode Miller. The six-time Olympic medalist had surgery Thursday night to fix a severed right hamstring tendon after his ski appeared to deeply slice him when he wiped out in the super-G race. ... Mayer is trying to become the second man to win the downhill world title as the reigning Olympic champ. The other to do so was Austrian great Toni Sailer, who won the Olympic downhill in 1956 and the world crown two years later. ... Reichelt can join Miller and fellow Austrian Hermann Maier as the only ones to win the men's super-G and downhill at the same worlds. Miller accomplished the feat in 1999 and Maier in 2005. ... Italy hasn't won a world downhill title since 1952.

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