Thursday marked the beginning of the North American speed season as the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Speed Center in Copper Mountain, Colo., played host to a pair of men’s downhill races. With many of the world’s best speed skiers in town to prepare for the opening World Cup speed races in Lake Louise, Canada, scheduled for next week, the field was stacked with racers from 12 different countries making the start.

With an early training run and two race runs all on the schedule before lunch, the program was tight as racing got underway. American Downhiller Jared Goldberg took the opening race with a time of 1:32.03 seconds, 0.17 seconds ahead of Italian veteran Christof Innerhofer in second and 0.40 seconds ahead of Austria’s Matthias Mayer in third. Canada’s Jeffery Read was the fastest junior in 27th, 2.47 seconds off of Goldberg’s pace.

“It was a good run,” reflected Goldberg. “We’ve been getting some miles in on the hill the last few days full-length, and every run I’ve been feeling better and better. It definitely feels good to ski fast against these guys. We’ve been training with them since we got here so it’s been pretty cool to have that pace.”

Race number two saw Mayer turn things up a notch, clocking in the fastest time of 1:32.17 seconds. Mayer was joined on the podium by Germany’s Thomas Dressen and Mayer’s Austrian teammate Vincent Kriechmayr, 0.12 and 0.25 seconds back in second and third, respectively. Thomas Biesemeyer was the top American, just off the podium in fourth, and Canada’s Sam Mulligan was the top junior in 22nd, 2.39 seconds back.

“It was a great training today,” Mayer said of his morning. “So many good skiers here at these FIS races, and it’s perfect preparations for us. It’s my first downhill training since six weeks, and the training was very tough for me; it was so fast and very bumpy but after my second race it was really great. I felt in good shape.”

Reigning World Junior downhill champion Sam Morse of the U.S. also had a solid day, finishing in 17th and 21st places in the two races as he looks towards another successful season.

“This morning was pretty interesting,” said Morse. “I got flagged at the beginning. So I got kind of an extra run so I was a little more fatigued but I managed to lay down a good, fast run. Second race today was a little slower. I was a lot cleaner with my line but I think I gave it a little too much respect.”

Check out what else the top skiers at Copper had to say in our video below:


Official Results

FIS Copper Mountain downhill one:

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff.
 1  19  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:32.03
 2  9  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:32.20  +0.17
 3  15  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:32.43  +0.40
 4  1  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:32.49  +0.46
 5  7  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER  1:32.77  +0.74
 6  11  202535 DRESSEN Thomas 1993 GER  1:32.91  +0.88
 7  4  53933 SCHWEIGER Patrick 1990 AUT  1:32.95  +0.92
 8  2  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA  1:33.11  +1.08
 9  14  104096 THOMPSON Broderick 1994 CAN  1:33.15  +1.12
 10  3  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:33.24  +1.21
 11  26  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:33.25  +1.22
 12  6  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:33.30  +1.27
 13  21  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:33.31  +1.28
 14  28  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:33.34  +1.31
 15  10  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:33.36  +1.33
 16  25  6531520 MORSE Sam 1996 USA  1:33.51  +1.48
 17  30  180570 ROMAR Andreas 1989 FIN  1:33.55  +1.52
 18  12  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:33.56  +1.53
 19  5  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:33.67  +1.64
 20  13  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:33.80  +1.77
 21  22  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA  1:33.97  +1.94
 22  32  6531726 SZWEBEL Florian 1996 USA  1:34.10  +2.07
 23  46  104272 SEGER Brodie 1995 CAN  1:34.23  +2.20
 23  35  221117 GOWER Jack 1994 GBR  1:34.23  +2.20
 23  20  380292 ZRNCIC DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:34.23  +2.20
 26  36  104468 READ Jeffrey 1997 CAN  1:34.50  +2.47
 27  48  104529 MULLIGAN Sam 1997 CAN  1:34.68  +2.65
 28  58  6531936 WINTERS Luke 1997 USA  1:35.04  +3.01
 29  33  430472 KLUSAK Michal 1990 POL  1:35.10  +3.07
 30  51  104537 ALEXANDER Cameron 1997 CAN  1:35.21  +3.18
 31  63  6532116 KRUPKA Jimmy 1998 USA  1:35.30  +3.27
 32  34  20398 VERDU Joan 1995 AND  1:35.41  +3.38
 33  29  6531217 WEISEL Kipling 1995 USA  1:35.65  +3.62
 34  53  104539 SEGER Riley 1997 CAN  1:35.76  +3.73
 35  31  20324 OLIVERAS Marc 1991 AND  1:35.77  +3.74
 36  39  6531127 DUFFY Drew 1995 USA  1:35.94  +3.91
 37  44  6532084 RADAMUS River 1998 USA  1:35.96  +3.93
 38  56  6531963 STEFFEY George 1997 USA  1:36.23  +4.20
 39  59  6532089 LANE Tristan 1998 USA  1:36.41  +4.38
 40  50  6530539 WRIGHT Bronson 1993 USA  1:36.48  +4.45
 41  57  6532159 DESPRES Jack 1998 USA  1:36.52  +4.49
 42  42  104488 FOURNIER Simon 1997 CAN  1:36.59  +4.56
 43  38  104531 CRAWFORD James 1997 CAN  1:36.64  +4.61
 44  68  6532149 MILLER Andrew 1998 USA  1:37.12  +5.09
 45  70  40621 MUHLEN-SCHULTE Louis 1998 AUS  1:37.48  +5.45
 46  62  320370 RHEE Dong Geun 1994 KOR  1:38.80  +6.77
 47  67  6532344 CRAVENS R Minam 1999 USA  1:39.09  +7.06
 48  65  320386 JO Kwangho 1995 KOR  1:39.21  +7.18
 49  60  320323 KIM Seulkyung 1991 KOR  1:40.20  +8.17
 50  64  320296 PARK hyuk 1990 KOR  1:40.44  +8.41
 51  66  320390 LEE Jang Woo 1995 KOR  1:40.93  +8.90
 52  69  104679 WILLIAMS Alan 1969 CAN  1:54.60  +22.57
Did not finish 1st run
 61  320391 KIM Dong Woo 1995 KOR
 27  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas 1989 USA
 23  202345 SCHWAIGER Dominik 1991 GER
 17  202525 SCHMID Manuel 1993 GER
Disqualified 1st run
 8  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT
Did not start 1st run
 24  100558 COOK Dustin 1989 CAN

 

FIS Copper Mountain downhill two:

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff.
 1  106  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:32.17
 2  102  202535 DRESSEN Thomas 1993 GER  1:32.29  +0.12
 3  104  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:32.42  +0.25
 4  27  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas 1989 USA  1:32.49  +0.32
 5  103  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:32.73  +0.56
 6  110  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:32.74  +0.57
 7  19  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:32.96  +0.79
 8  111  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:33.10  +0.93
 9  108  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA  1:33.19  +1.02
 10  26  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:33.31  +1.14
 11  105  53933 SCHWEIGER Patrick 1990 AUT  1:33.32  +1.15
 12  114  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER  1:33.48  +1.31
 12  21  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:33.48  +1.31
 14  109  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:33.60  +1.43
 15  113  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:33.67  +1.50
 16  107  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:33.90  +1.73
 17  28  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:33.98  +1.81
 18  30  180570 ROMAR Andreas 1989 FIN  1:34.20  +2.03
 19  112  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:34.24  +2.07
 19  22  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA  1:34.24  +2.07
 21  25  6531520 MORSE Sam 1996 USA  1:34.41  +2.24
 22  48  104529 MULLIGAN Sam 1997 CAN  1:34.56  +2.39
 22  32  6531726 SZWEBEL Florian 1996 USA  1:34.56  +2.39
 24  36  104468 READ Jeffrey 1997 CAN  1:34.80  +2.63
 25  20  380292 ZRNCIC DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:34.89  +2.72
 26  44  6532084 RADAMUS River 1998 USA  1:35.10  +2.93
 27  46  104272 SEGER Brodie 1995 CAN  1:35.17  +3.00
 28  58  6531936 WINTERS Luke 1997 USA  1:35.24  +3.07
 29  70  40621 MUHLEN-SCHULTE Louis 1998 AUS  1:35.31  +3.14
 30  33  430472 KLUSAK Michal 1990 POL  1:35.37  +3.20
 31  51  104537 ALEXANDER Cameron 1997 CAN  1:35.41  +3.24
 32  38  104531 CRAWFORD James 1997 CAN  1:35.47  +3.30
 33  29  6531217 WEISEL Kipling 1995 USA  1:35.84  +3.67
 34  63  6532116 KRUPKA Jimmy 1998 USA  1:35.87  +3.70
 35  35  221117 GOWER Jack 1994 GBR  1:35.92  +3.75
 36  39  6531127 DUFFY Drew 1995 USA  1:35.96  +3.79
 37  42  104488 FOURNIER Simon 1997 CAN  1:35.99  +3.82
 38  57  6532159 DESPRES Jack 1998 USA  1:36.20  +4.03
 39  50  6530539 WRIGHT Bronson 1993 USA  1:36.22  +4.05
 40  53  104539 SEGER Riley 1997 CAN  1:36.37  +4.20
 41  68  6532149 MILLER Andrew 1998 USA  1:36.60  +4.43
 42  59  6532089 LANE Tristan 1998 USA  1:37.35  +5.18
 43  60  320323 KIM Seulkyung 1991 KOR  1:37.61  +5.44
 44  56  6531963 STEFFEY George 1997 USA  1:37.97  +5.80
 45  62  320370 RHEE Dong Geun 1994 KOR  1:39.00  +6.83
 46  67  6532344 CRAVENS R Minam 1999 USA  1:39.03  +6.86
 47  61  320391 KIM Dong Woo 1995 KOR  1:39.25  +7.08
 48  65  320386 JO Kwangho 1995 KOR  1:39.61  +7.44
 49  64  320296 PARK hyuk 1990 KOR  1:40.53  +8.36
 50  69  104679 WILLIAMS Alan 1969 CAN  1:53.34  +21.17
Did not finish 1st run
 101  104096 THOMPSON Broderick 1994 CAN
 66  320390 LEE Jang Woo 1995 KOR
 31  20324 OLIVERAS Marc 1991 AND
Did not start 1st run
 115  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA
 34  20398 VERDU Joan 1995 AND
 24  100558 COOK Dustin 1989 CAN
 23  202345 SCHWAIGER Dominik 1991 GER
 17  202525 SCHMID Manuel 1993 GER
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