Dominik Paris take a bow. The 23 year old Italian is the 2013 Hahnenkamm downhill champion and the downhill standings leader and 70,000 euros richer after outskiing the rest of the world on the downhiller’s downhill, the Streif at Kitzbuehel.
Canada’s Erik Guay, skiing right behind Paris, had the lead through out most of his run down the legendary course and held what is said to be the best, high line across the traverse heading to the Zielschuss to the finish, but somehow lost time to Paris and finished second by .13, his best career result at Kitzbuehel.
Hannes Reichelt upheld what was left of Austrian honor in third, .58 behind.
With the win Paris became a household name in some powerful houses with an estimated 50,000 attending, including dignitaries, celebrities and a plethora of former Hahnenkamm champions. It was just his second Cup win, the first he has held alone. He also tied for first earlier this season at Bormio with Reichelt, claiming what are widely considered the two most challenging downhills of the World Cup circuit.
Aksel Lund Svindal, the standings leader entering the race and the winner of the super G on Friday, could not match that effort and finished tenth, giving up the lead by three points to the Italian. Klaus Kroell, considered a favorite after winning the final training run, turned out to be the third Austrian in the finish order, finishing seventh behind early leader Max Franz. A Frenchman, David Poisson, got fourth to unceremoniously push the homestanding Franz and Kroell down the list. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud was seventh and a fourth Austrian, Georg Streitberger, finished eighth.
Manny Osborne-Paradis, from the 40th start, skied his way to the top 10h. Another late starter was Italian Christof Innerhofer, the winner at Wengen just a week ago and third in Friday’s super G, was relegated to starting after bib 45 as punishment for disregarding FIS rules about continuing a training run after falling and losing a ski. The rule is a safety measure to prevent worker/athlete collisions as a course hold is routinely called for a crash. Innerhofer was incensed and appeared determined to charge from the back of the pack. His aggression cost him and his energy seemed to flag near the end of the track. He finished 20th.
It was a good solid race for Canada. Behind Guay in second and Osborne-Paradis in 10th were Benjamin Thomsen 17th and Jan Hudec 18th. America’s top finisher was Travis Ganong in 20th. Marco Sullivan got points in 23rdh. In a potential hunt for combined points, Ted Ligety missed the gate at the end of the Traverse and was listed as a DNF.
It is Paris who will bask in the glory of the Hahnenkamm and get his name attached to a Kitzbuehel gondola. “It is huge,” Paris said. “I cannot believe it. The feeling was not good at first. … At the finish I cannot believe that I am ahead.”
It was the first Italian win in the race since Kristian Ghedina in 1998.
Fourth finishing Andrej Sporn was disqualified by an equipment infraction (B2.1.2 standing height).
MORE TO COME
by Hank McKee
Men’s World Cup downhill, Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jan. 26, 2013
1 Paris, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
2 Guay, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
3 Reichelt, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
4 Poisson, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
5 Franz, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
6 Kroell, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
7 Jansrud, Head/Head/Head
8 Streitberger, Head/Head/Head
9 Svindal, Head/Head/Head
10 Osborne-Paradis, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
Men’s World Cup downhill, Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jan. 26, 2013. … The premier race of the 73rd Hahnenkamm. … It is the 46th race of the 2012-13 World Cup season. … The 23rd of 36 men’s races and the sixth of nine scheduled men’s downhills. … It is the 149th World Cup held at last in part at Kitzbuehel and the 54th Cup downhill at the site. … Didier Cuche won the last three downhills at Kitzbuehel.
It was the second career World Cup win for Dominik Paris, both in downhill and both this season, the previous a co-win with Hannes Reichelt at Bormio. … His previous best at Kitzbuehel in downhill was 25th accomplished in both 2010 and 2011. … He was 11th in last season’s Kitzbuehel combined.
It is the 19th career World Cup podium result for Erik Guay. … his 13th in DH. … It is his career best finish in Kitzbuehel eclipsing a fifth in DH from 2006, 2010 and in yesterday’s SG. … It is his best result of the season and second podium after third scored at Val Gardena.
It is the 23rd career Cup podium for Hannes Reichelt. … his seventh in DH. … It is his second career podium at Kitzbuehel having also placed third in SG in 2006. … It is his fourth podium of the season and third in DH having shared the win at Bormio and placing third in DH at Wengen. … He was also third in the Beaver Creek SG.
It was the 21st career World Cup top 10 for Manuel Osborne-Paradis. … His previous best at Kitzbuehel had been 20th in 2008 and 2010. … It is his second best finish of the season having placed seventh at Val Gardena’s DH. … It is the tenth best career Cup finish for Ben Thomsen and his best at Kitzbuehel. … It is his fourth best result of the season. … Jan Hudec scores his 37th best Cup result. … and third best of three finishes at Kitzbuehel. … He was tenth last season in DH and 15th in SG this season. … It is his seventh best result of the season. … It is the sixth best career Cup placing for Travis Ganong and his second best at Kitzbuehel having placed 12th in DH last season. … It is his sixth score of the season. … It is the eighth best of nine Kitzbuehel results for Marco Sullivan. … his fifth score of the season.
Marcel Hirscher (did not race) maintains the lead of the World Cup Overall standings 935-876 over Aksel Lund Svindal (ninth in race). .. Ted Ligety (DNF in race) holds third at 736. … Erik Guay is now 12th with 364pts. … Paris overtakes Svindal in the downhill standings and leads 317-314. … Klaus Kroell (sixth in race) is third with 261. … Guay is fourth with 253 and Marco Sullivan 11th with 114pts. …Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 3897-2809 over Italy. … France is third with 2190pts. … The US is fifth with 1242 and Canada eighth with 732.
FIS World Cup
Jan 26, 2013
|Rank||Bib||FIS Code||Name||Year||Nation||Total Time||FIS Points|
|9||18||421328||SVINDAL Aksel Lund||1982||NOR||1:58.72||13.52|
|35||45||192504||MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas||1984||FRA||2:01.13||41.60|
|Disqualified 1st run|
|Did not finish 1st run|
|44||400281||VAN HEEK Marvin||1991||NED|