2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships – Men’s Downhill
US Ski Teamer Steven Nyman was the best American skier today finishing 13th in the Downhill on the challenging Kandahar in Garmisch Germany. Getting an early start slot helped out as temperatures rose and the coure deteriorated quickly.
It also happened to be Steven’s 29th birthday. So happy birthday, Steven and way to go!!!!!
Bode Miller finished in 15th and Travis Ganong ended up in 24th.
NBC will air the event at 1 pm eastern time. The women’s downhill will be on Sunday
1. Erik Guay, Canada, 1:58.41
2. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 1:58.73
3. Christof Innerhofer, Italy, 1:59.17
13. Steven Nyman, Sundance, UT, 2:00.80
15. Bode Miller, Franconia, NH, 2:00.83
24. Travis Ganong, Squaw Valley, CA, 2:02.19
For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/
COMPETITION QUOTES – courtesy US Ski Team/Doug Haney
“World Champs is about medals, but I also got something out of it by getting points and moving up on the start list. I was charging, that was the main thing.”
“I definitely had an advantage staring earlier, that’s why I’m a little bummed because I had a great opportunity to do well. Sure, it got warmer and started deteriorating and getting bumpy, but you can still put it in there. If you see what you need to do and you go for it, you can do it just like [Didier] Cuche and Beat Feuz did.”
“This hill is the real deal. You see it in the finish – guys are dead, it’s bumpy, it’s icy, it’s dark, that’s the way Garmisch is. Guay won his first World Cup here and it was on this type of snow. He’s the guy I look at for just clean, solid skiing and that’s what won the race today.”
“I knew I had to ski a tighter line than everyone else and be a little bit more aggressive. If your skis are really fast on a day like today, it’s easy. But on a World Championship you don’t want to leave that to chance, you want to take as much of that into your hands as you can.”
“I tipped over on my hip at the very top, but I don’t think that cost me all that much. I made a great recovery and then I gassed it from there down. I’m happy with the way I skied. I was pushing the line and cutting off line almost every section of the course. My legs had good power, I felt strong all the way to the finish and I was a little concerned about that because it’s been so bumpy.”
“It’s disappointing, but some days in ski racing there’s just not much else you can do. Maybe I could have tucked more, but that’s not going to make up two and half seconds. I felt like I gave it everything.”
“I think I might have broken my hand. There was a delay coming onto the flat and I hit my hand on the base of the gate. I was just pushing it trying to get a little extra line and felt it immediately. I lost my pole, then went to grab it back and couldn’t grip it at all. I was holding it with two fingers trying to tuck.”
“I think I skied really well, then obviously lost a lot of speed with the impact and by the time I ran it was really bumpy and rutted out. It’s easily 10-15 degrees [Celsius] today and pretty rough, but I pushed it. I tried to go really fast and took all the chances and hurt my hand – that’s downhill.”
“It’s my first World Champs, I’m just excited to be here and I learned a lot. I know what it takes to win here and I have the speed, I know that. I can’t wait till the next ones.”