With a World Cup globe on the line, the speed demons on the men’s tour charged down the Olympiabakken slope for the final regular season downhill, leaving all their energy on the hill. Thomas Dressen of Germany skied to the second World Cup win of his career at the Norwegian venue ahead of Switzerland’s Beat Feuz in second and Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal in third.

“I think it was really smooth and nearly perfect run, and I just tried to let the skis run from the top to the bottom,” said Dressen. “And I think especially the mid and the lower section went perfectly, so I’m really happy. To see the green light in the finish is always the best feeling.”

Dressen stood sandwiched between the reigning World and Olympic champions in the discipline, a fact that hasn’t totally hit the German up-and-comer.

“To be honest, it’s really not real to me right now at the moment that it goes so well for me because when I think back some years ago, I was watching TV of these guys especially Aksel,” Dressen revealed.” I was really young back in the day when he was already winning races, so he’s really been a role model to me all my life and to share this victory with him and Beat on the podium is really a big honor to me.”

Feuz, who has worn the red leader bib for most of the downhill season, sat comfortably in the lead after coming down bib 5, but the German, wearing number 13, had other plans. He skied a smooth run under sunny skies earning the fastest time, 1:49.17. The Swiss skier, 0.08 seconds away from the win, was hoping to secure his first-ever discipline globe, on Saturday. However, with just 60 points between Feuz and Svindal the battle will continue into Are, Sweden, this week.

This is Feuz’s best downhill season ever. The 31-year-old has been on the podium in six of the eight World Cup downhill races this season including three wins, totaling 662 points. If all goes well at Finals, he could become the first Swiss man to win the downhill title since Didier Cuche, when he won the trophy in the 2010-11 season. His Norwegian rival is hoping to pull a last minute upset.

Beat Feuz flies through the air in Norway. // Image credit: GEPA / Matic Klansek

Svindal, who was 0.17 seconds away from the win, has a mathematical chance of winning the globe with 562 points. For example, if in Sweden, the Attacking Viking wins the downhill and Feuz crashes or lands outside the top six, Svindal will take the globe. It would not be an easy feat, but it is within the realm of possibilities for the Olympic gold medalist.

“I think now it’s up to Feuz…” Svindal said. “He can decide it, so I just have to do my race in Are and see what happens, but I’ve been faster before, so I think I have a fairly good chance. But on the other side, however that ends up, if I can have a good race in Are, then I’m still going to be happy. This has been a great season, and the downhill globe would be the frosting on the cake.”

Svindal’s teammate Kjetil Jansrud landed just off the podium in fourth place, 0.27 seconds away from the win and 0.1 seconds off the podium. It was a great show for the home crowd.

“It’s definitely nice to be able to race at home,” Svindal said. “I was a little surprised actually because we came here for the first training run, I started looking at video and see when’s the last time I skied here. I was like ‘2017? No. 2016? No.’ and then I had to go back to 2014, and I would say the course was very different today compared to the last time I skied it.”

The American contingent was led by Bryce Bennett, who skied to 17th place with a 1.49 second gap between him and Dressen. Jared Goldberg finished inside the points in 27th position. Wiley Maple finished in 42nd while Ryan Cochran-Siegle did not finish. Meanwhile, the Canadians had some strong results with Manuel Osborne-Paradis skiing to 14th place and young gun Benjamin Thomsen made an impressive jump from bib 53 to 16th place.

Men’s action continues in Kvitfjell with a super-G on Sunday.


Top 10

  1. Thomas Dressen (GER) –  Rossignol Look / Rossignol
  2. Beat Feuz (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  3. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) – Head / Head / Head
  4. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) – Head / Head / Head
  5. Christof Innerhofer (ITA) – Rossignol Look / Rossignol
  6. Mauro Caviezel (SUI) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  7. Adrien Theaux (FRA) – Head / Head / Head
  8. Dominik Paris (ITA) – Nordica / Nordica / Nordica
  9. Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  10. Brice Roger (FRA) – Rossignol Look / Rossignol

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  13  202535 DRESSEN Thomas 1993 GER  1:49.17  0.00  100
 2  5  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI  1:49.25  +0.08  0.92  80
 3  3  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund 1982 NOR  1:49.34  +0.17  1.95  60
 4  9  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:49.44  +0.27  3.09  50
 5  8  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:49.49  +0.32  3.66  45
 6  4  511513 CAVIEZEL Mauro 1988 SUI  1:49.64  +0.47  5.38  40
 7  17  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:49.74  +0.57  6.53  36
 8  7  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:49.79  +0.62  7.10  32
 9  1  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:49.84  +0.67  7.67  29
 10  12  194190 ROGER Brice 1990 FRA  1:49.89  +0.72  8.24  26
 11  2  191740 CLAREY Johan 1981 FRA  1:50.00  +0.83  9.50  24
 12  15  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:50.05  +0.88  10.08  22
 13  19  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:50.37  +1.20  13.74  20
 14  20  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:50.45  +1.28  14.66  18
 15  32  53981 KROELL Johannes 1991 AUT  1:50.55  +1.38  15.80  16
 16  53  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:50.59  +1.42  16.26  15
 17  10  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:50.66  +1.49  17.06  14
 18  30  561255 CATER Martin 1992 SLO  1:50.68  +1.51  17.29  13
 19  36  422310 SEJERSTED Adrian Smiseth 1994 NOR  1:50.73  +1.56  17.86  12
 20  39  194368 RAFFORT Nicolas 1991 FRA  1:50.75  +1.58  18.09  11
 20  16  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  1:50.75  +1.58  18.09  11
 22  46  54209 KRENN Christoph 1994 AUT  1:50.80  +1.63  18.66  9
 23  33  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  1:50.88  +1.71  19.58  8
 24  48  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:50.92  +1.75  20.04  7
 25  24  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER  1:50.93  +1.76  20.15  6
 26  6  512039 ROULIN Gilles 1994 SUI  1:50.97  +1.80  20.61  5
 27  21  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:50.98  +1.81  20.72  4
 28  44  512042 KRYENBUEHL Urs 1994 SUI  1:50.99  +1.82  20.84  3
 29  23  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  1:51.16  +1.99  22.79  2
 30  35  194298 GIEZENDANNER Blaise 1991 FRA  1:51.23  +2.06  23.59  1
 31  18  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:51.25  +2.08  23.82  0
 32  27  511529 GISIN Marc 1988 SUI  1:51.26  +2.09  23.93  0
 32  26  54009 WALDER Christian 1991 AUT  1:51.26  +2.09  23.93  0
 34  41  292514 HEEL Werner 1982 ITA  1:51.30  +2.13  24.39  0
 35  22  511139 KUENG Patrick 1984 SUI  1:51.31  +2.14  24.50  0
 36  59  561310 HROBAT Miha 1995 SLO  1:51.33  +2.16  24.73  0
 37  34  54080 NEUMAYER Christopher 1992 AUT  1:51.35  +2.18  24.96  0
 38  25  6290985 BUZZI Emanuele 1994 ITA  1:51.38  +2.21  25.30  0
 39  43  422120 SAUGESTAD Stian 1992 NOR  1:51.40  +2.23  25.53  0
 40  58  194650 PICCARD Roy 1993 FRA  1:51.47  +2.30  26.34  0
 41  29  512031 BARANDUN Gian Luca 1994 SUI  1:51.55  +2.38  27.25  0
 42  49  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA  1:51.62  +2.45  28.05  0
 43  40  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA  1:51.64  +2.47  28.28  0
 44  52  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA  1:51.70  +2.53  28.97  0
 45  55  180570 ROMAR Andreas 1989 FIN  1:51.73  +2.56  29.31  0
 46  42  512038 ROGENTIN Stefan 1994 SUI  1:51.80  +2.63  30.11  0
 47  64  370031 ALESSANDRIA Arnaud 1993 MON  1:51.82  +2.65  30.34  0
 48  50  511981 WEBER Ralph 1993 SUI  1:51.85  +2.68  30.69  0
 49  62  202469 RENZ Fabio 1992 GER  1:51.91  +2.74  31.37  0
 50  28  561216 KLINE Bostjan 1991 SLO  1:51.92  +2.75  31.49  0
 51  14  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:52.08  +2.91  33.32  0
 52  60  6291625 SCHIEDER Florian 1995 ITA  1:52.19  +3.02  34.58  0
 53  63  6190006 SCHULLER Victor 1995 FRA  1:52.43  +3.26  37.33  0
 54  45  501987 MONSEN Felix 1994 SWE  1:52.49  +3.32  38.01  0
 55  56  170131 FAARUP Christoffer 1992 DEN  1:52.52  +3.35  38.36  0
 56  37  104096 THOMPSON Broderick 1994 CAN  1:52.53  +3.36  38.47  0
 57  57  700878 BENDIK Martin 1993 SVK  1:54.29  +5.12  58.62  0
 58  65  390041 LUIK Juhan 1997 EST  1:55.65  +6.48  74.20  0
Did not finish 1st run
 61  430472 KLUSAK Michal 1990 POL  0
 54  202566 BRANDNER Christof 1994 GER  0
 47  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan 1992 USA  0
 38  202525 SCHMID Manuel 1993 GER  0
 31  511847 MANI Nils 1992 SUI  0
 11  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  0
Did not start 1st run
 51  100558 COOK Dustin 1989 CAN  0
Article Tags: Premium World Cup

What do you think?

comments

Gabbi Hall
Digital Content Editor
- A California native, Gabbi moved to Vermont to ski on the NCAA circuit for St. Michael’s College, where she served as team captain and studied journalism. Before joining Ski Racing, she worked as a broadcast TV producer and social media manager in higher education. She can be reached via email at gabbi@skiracing.com
UP NEXT
Mar 10 2018
Shiffrin Adds Another Globe to Her Trophy Case
Two World Cup stars say goodbye to the White Circus.
LAST UP
Mar 10 2018
Smart, Nef Crowned NCAA Slalom Champions
University of Denver leads heading into the final day of competition.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This
1
Premium Stories Article Previews Remaining