If it was any colder in Lake Louise, the men of the World Cup downhill might freeze like the oil-less Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. Face masks were the unusual costume du jour, but that did not stop the rather usual 1-2 Austrian finish with Michael Walchhofer in first and Mario Scheiber in second. The Man, Aksel Lund Svindal, rounded out the podium in third. The victory for Walchhofer is his 16th career World Cup win.
American Bode Miller was 1.26 seconds off the pace for an 8th place showing.
No other American finished with World Cup points. Steven Nyman 31st, Squaw Valley’s Travis Ganong 32nd, and Vancouver bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht in 33rd. Marco Sullivan started 2nd and finished more than four seconds off the pace in 45th. The Flying Fish, Erik Fisher did not finish.
Conditions were beyond cold, hard, and super bumpy. Lake Louise has not been one of the early season beneficiaries of snow.