Walchhofer closes downhill gap on Cuche

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 11, 2011 8:57 am

Swiss upstart Beat Feuz landed the first Audi FIS Alpine World Cup podium of his young career with a downhill victory in Kvitfjell, Norway. The Friday race was a make-up from the wind and fog scrapped Audi Birds of Prey downhill originally scheduled for December in Beaver Creek, CO, home of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Recently crowned 2011 downhill World Champion Erik Guay of Canada was second followed by Austrian Michael Walchhofer. Walchoffer, who will retire at the end of the season, moved within 50 points of World Cup downhill leader Didier Cuche of Switzerland. Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) posted the top American finish with 25th.

photo: reuters.com

1. Beat Feuz, Switzerland, 1:47.39
2. Erik Guay, Canada, 1:47.44
3. Michael Walchhofer, Austria, 1:47.50
25. Steven Nyman, Sundance, UT, 1:48.95
27. Erik Fisher, Middleton, ID, 1:49.04
42. Wiley Maple, Aspen, CO, 1:49.82
48. Ted Ligety, Park City, UT, 1:50.70
53. Tommy Ford, Bend, OR, 1:51.45

For complete results: http://www.fis-ski.com/

Current Downhill Points Standings
1. Didier Cuche, Switzerland – 424
2. Michael Walchhofer, Austria – 374
3. Klaus Kroell, Austria – 315

Current Overall Points Standings
1. Ivica Kostelic, Croatia – 1314
2. Didier Cuche, Switzerland – 770
3. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway – 725
Sasha Rearick – Head Coach
“The first six or seven guys had a bluebird beautiful day, no wind. Then as the top guys started the wind picked up and the light got flatter and flatter. So it was interesting race.”
“Steven skied the bottom of the mid section to the finish pretty well which was much better execution than in training and Fisher scored his first points of the year in downhill while running when the light wasn’t great.”
“We’ve got two young guys here, Tommy Ford and Wiley Maple. They’re working hard and gaining the experience they need to take the next step in speed races.”