As the clouds rolled in and out on Friday morning for the men’s World Cup super-G in Beaver Creek, Colo., Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr found himself sitting in the hot seat. After a break in the cloud cover illuminated the Birds of Prey venue just enough for the 26-year-old to take advantage of an early start number, the Austrian survived challenger after challenger en route to his maiden World Cup victory.

Joining Kriechmayr on the podium was the veteran duo of Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud and fellow Austrian Hannes Reichelt who finished 0.23 and 0.33 seconds back in second and third, respectively.

“This has never happened to me before, so hopefully it’s not the last time,” said Kriechmayr, who also scored his first World Cup points at the venue back in 2013. “This is one of the toughest super-Gs in the world. In super-G, you always have to attack, you can’t win without attacking.”

Unfortunately, for the American contingent team leader Steven Nyman has elected to sit out this weekend’s racing in favor of forerunning the super-G and downhill as he continues his return from injury. Nyman also participated in the training runs last week in Lake Louise, Canada, without making the start list on race day.

The day didn’t go much better for the rest of the American squad as the team was led by veteran Andrew Weibrecht in 21st place with Thomas Biesemeyer finishing in 24th as the only other American top-30 finisher.

“It was just a tough day to really charge,” Weibrecht said in the finish. “The light was in and out, some guys had it good and you could see them really put the pedal down. I think we’ve got some work to do as a team; we’ve been on relatively easy hills and when we get here we’re not necessarily up to speed. We’ve just got to come together and figure it out. It was a tricky set but that’s no reason why we shouldn’t have done better.”

After Weibrecht and Biesemeyer, Travis Ganong was the next American in 33rd, followed by Bryce Bennett, Ryan Cochran-Siegle, and Sam Morse finishing in 46th, 47th, and 48th, respectively. Ted Ligety, Jared Goldberg, and Wiley Maple all failed to finish as the American team is left looking for answers heading into Saturday’s downhill.

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Top 10

1. Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) – Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

2. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) – Head/Head/Head

3. Hannes Reichelt (AUT) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

4. Adrien Theaux (FRA) – Head/Head/Head

5. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head/Head/Head

6. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) – Head/Head/Head

6. Matthias Mayer (AUT) – Head/Head/Head

8. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) – Head/Head/Head

9. Andreas Sander (GER) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

10. Thomas Dressen (GER) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look


Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  3  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:09.71  0.00  100.00
 2  15  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:09.94  +0.23  3.56  80.00
 3  7  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:10.04  +0.33  5.11  60.00
 4  12  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:10.15  +0.44  6.82  50.00
 5  14  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  1:10.24  +0.53  8.21  45.00
 6  13  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund 1982 NOR  1:10.31  +0.60  9.30  40.00
 6  1  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:10.31  +0.60  9.30  40.00
 8  11  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  1:10.38  +0.67  10.38  32.00
 9  10  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  1:10.50  +0.79  12.24  29.00
 10  23  202535 DRESSEN Thomas 1993 GER  1:10.54  +0.83  12.86  26.00
 10  5  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:10.54  +0.83  12.86  26.00
 12  30  511638 TUMLER Thomas 1989 SUI  1:10.65  +0.94  14.56  22.00
 13  4  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:10.70  +0.99  15.34  20.00
 14  8  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER  1:10.88  +1.17  18.13  18.00
 15  22  561255 CATER Martin 1992 SLO  1:11.00  +1.29  19.99  16.00
 16  17  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  1:11.05  +1.34  20.76  15.00
 17  31  512039 ROULIN Gilles 1994 SUI  1:11.10  +1.39  21.53  14.00
 18  27  422310 SEJERSTED Adrian Smiseth 1994 NOR  1:11.24  +1.53  23.70  13.00
 19  9  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:11.29  +1.58  24.48  12.00
 20  2  100558 COOK Dustin 1989 CAN  1:11.30  +1.59  24.63  11.00
 21  26  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:11.34  +1.63  25.25  10.00
 22  24  511981 WEBER Ralph 1993 SUI  1:11.51  +1.80  27.89  9.00
 23  72  422278 WINDINGSTAD Rasmus 1993 NOR  1:11.54  +1.83  28.35  8.00
 24  25  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas 1989 USA  1:11.57  +1.86  28.82  7.00
 25  69  990116 DE ALIPRANDINI Luca 1990 ITA  1:11.60  +1.89  29.28  6.00
 25  19  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI  1:11.60  +1.89  29.28  6.00
 27  59  194190 ROGER Brice 1990 FRA  1:11.64  +1.93  29.90  4.00
 27  52  6190176 BAILET Matthieu 1996 FRA  1:11.64  +1.93  29.90  4.00
 29  20  561216 KLINE Bostjan 1991 SLO  1:11.69  +1.98  30.68  2.00
 30  16  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:11.80  +2.09  32.38  1.00
 31  50  512038 ROGENTIN Stefan 1994 SUI  1:11.83  +2.12  32.84
 32  63  104531 CRAWFORD James 1997 CAN  1:11.85  +2.14  33.15
 33  21  512042 KRYENBUEHL Urs 1994 SUI  1:11.93  +2.22  34.39
 33  18  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA  1:11.93  +2.22  34.39
 35  28  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:11.99  +2.28  35.32
 36  44  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA  1:12.00  +2.29  35.48
 37  47  6290845 BOSCA Guglielmo 1993 ITA  1:12.12  +2.41  37.34
 37  36  422073 NETELAND Bjoernar 1991 NOR  1:12.12  +2.41  37.34
 39  51  380292 ZRNCIC DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:12.18  +2.47  38.27
 40  41  512031 BARANDUN Gian Luca 1994 SUI  1:12.19  +2.48  38.42
 41  35  54076 KOECK Niklas 1992 AUT  1:12.20  +2.49  38.58
 42  55  561214 DEBELAK Tilen 1991 SLO  1:12.24  +2.53  39.20
 42  46  511529 GISIN Marc 1988 SUI  1:12.24  +2.53  39.20
 44  56  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  1:12.39  +2.68  41.52
 45  39  53933 SCHWEIGER Patrick 1990 AUT  1:12.42  +2.71  41.99
 46  71  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:12.43  +2.72  42.14
 47  45  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan 1992 USA  1:12.44  +2.73  42.30
 48  61  6531520 MORSE Sam 1996 USA  1:12.48  +2.77  42.91
 49  70  194495 FAIVRE Mathieu 1992 FRA  1:12.52  +2.81  43.53
 50  49  6290985 BUZZI Emanuele 1994 ITA  1:12.58  +2.87  44.46
 51  54  104272 SEGER Brodie 1995 CAN  1:12.63  +2.92  45.24
 52  58  511139 KUENG Patrick 1984 SUI  1:12.75  +3.04  47.10
 53  74  700879 ZAMPA Andreas 1993 SVK  1:12.78  +3.07  47.56
 54  57  110324 VON APPEN Henrik 1994 CHI  1:13.04  +3.33  51.59
 55  53  501987 MONSEN Felix 1994 SWE  1:13.56  +3.85  59.65
 56  60  511847 MANI Nils 1992 SUI  1:13.58  +3.87  59.96
 57  75  460071 ACHIRILOAIE Ioan Valeriu 1990 ROU  1:16.86  +7.15  110.77
Did not finish 1st run
 73  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA
 68  180570 ROMAR Andreas 1989 FIN
 66  202345 SCHWAIGER Dominik 1991 GER
 65  303758 SUGAI Ryo 1991 JPN
 64  170131 FAARUP Christoffer 1992 DEN
 62  54157 DANKLMAIER Daniel 1993 AUT
 48  104096 THOMPSON Broderick 1994 CAN
 43  422120 SAUGESTAD Stian 1992 NOR
 42  53981 KROELL Johannes 1991 AUT
 40  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA
 38  20398 VERDU Joan 1995 AND
 34  194858 ALLEGRE Nils 1994 FRA
 33  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA
 32  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO
 29  54009 WALDER Christian 1991 AUT
 6  511513 CAVIEZEL Mauro 1988 SUI
Did not start 1st run
 67  194368 RAFFORT Nicolas 1991 FRA
 37  221117 GOWER Jack 1994 GBR
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