Austria Vincent Kriechmeir Won the famous Hahnenkom in Kitzbühel for the first time, while Jared Goldberg Nearly became the first American since 2014 to make the podium in men’s alpine skiing’s crown jewel World Cup race.
Kreichmeier, the reigning world champion in the downhill and super-G, won by 23 hundredths of a second in his home nation over the Italian. Florian ShiderA 27-year-old whose best previous World Cup finish was 13th.
“The Streif is a myth, a legend. For an Austrian downhiller the most important race,” said Kreichmaier, who also won two downhills in Italy in December. “To win in Kitzbühel, it’s just amazing. It’s the most important World Cup race of the season. I tried, I tried everything. I pushed. It wasn’t a perfect run but it was totally on The lesson.”
Scheider was the 43rd starter – the best in the world in the top 30 – and beat Goldberg Off the podium.
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Goldberg, 31, still posted a personal-best fourth-place finish in his 146th World Cup, but the U.S. it. Men’s Alpine podium drought continues. In 2022, the US it. Earned zero men’s World Cup podiums in a year for the first time since 1998.
Pre-race favorites Alexander Amodt Kilde from Norway and Marco Odermatt of Switzerland narrowly avoided high-speed crashes.
Kilde, the world’s top-ranked downhiller, was 16th, his lowest result in a World Cup speed race he has finished in four years.
The Norwegian lost time on Kriechmair early on but gained on the Austrian at each following split. He then seemed to risk too much in the bend approaching the finishing stretch. He leaned back and fell off the gear, but regained control just before hitting a commercial flag.
“That was close, really close, almost too close,” Kilde said. “It really happened so fast. When I landed, I collapsed a little, and everything happens so fast. It’s Kitzbuehl, that’s how it is.”
Oedermatt, whose best events are super-G and giant slalom, was 54th out of 58 racers, his first finish lower than seventh in any event this season.
Odermatt, the overall World Cup leader, lost the cup about 25 seconds into his run. He regained balance with his right ski high up in the air but almost crashed into the safety net. The Swiss skier avoided risks for the rest of his run and finished more than three seconds behind.
Odermatt hurt his left knee in the incident and will sit out the second downhill on Saturday while undergoing further tests, the Swiss ski team said.
Olympic champion Hit fuse From Switzerland, a three-time Hahnenkamm downhill winner, was 28. Feuz, 35, said he was stepping down after the second Saturday in Kitzbühel.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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