Riding high with confidence after a somewhat unexpected podium in Friday’s alpine combined, Italy’s Dominik Paris charged through falling snow in Chamonix, France, to win his first World Cup of the season, taking the downhill with a time of 1:58.38 seconds. Following Paris in second was American Downhiller Steven Nyman, 0.35 seconds back. Swiss racer Beat Feuz continued his comeback from injury with another solid podium performance, finishing third, 0.39 seconds off the pace.

Conditions on Saturday were very similar to the downhill portion of Friday’s combined race, with overcast skies and light snowfall holding steady throughout the 62-man field.

Nyman, running bib 12, looked to have laid down a run worthy of the victory, steadily building at each interval before crossing the finish with a lead of over 0.80 seconds in a race that until then had been quite tight. That is until Paris, who wore bib 17, pushed out of the start and kept Nyman within reach until slowly building an advantage towards the bottom and eventually crossing the line for his first World Cup win since taking the Kitzbuehel super G in 2015.

“I like the course. It’s a good speed on the course and yeah, it’s not so easy to bring all of your speed in the flats, but that’s what I did today and I’m happy,” Paris said. “I’ve got a lot of weight here, so that’s a positive. This course is difficult to interpret, you never know if you are fast or not, so I’m very happy about my win. Things started to get better for me in January and Jeongseon was the trigger for me, the confidence is back since Korea.”

Saturday’s result marks Nyman’s second trip in a row to the World Cup downhill podium, as he was also third in the Olympic test event in Jeongseon, South Korea, earlier in the month. According to Nyman, finding mental clarity after some frustrating early season results has been key to his performances as of late.

“In Jeongseon, I took a big step forward in my confidence,” explained Nyman. “I’ve been skiing well and I dialed some stuff in and I got rid of some questions that were in my head with my equipment and just myself. I just started skiing faster and faster and getting on the podium in Jeongseon was really good for me. Today, Dom (Paris) had a really good run and I was impressed with his bottom because I skied really well down there. I had some issues on top, but he pulled time on me down here and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s a big boy with some fast skis!’ And I’m a big boy with some fast skis, too, so, hats off to him.”

For Feuz, the results continue to come in with today marking the fourth top-five downhill finish in a row for the Swiss racer after sitting out the first part of the season.

“It’s incredible to be on the podium again,” Feuz said. “I came into the season without training and made three podiums so far; Kitzbuehel, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and now here. It’s amazing. I had good and bad moments on this slope here in Chamonix. 4 years ago when we were here I was fast, but I also had slow runs, as this year in the trainings for example. So I didn’t really know and it’s a good surprise.”

Only one other American followed Nyman into the points, with Andrew Weibrecht finishing in 18th. It was a rather tight race overall, with just 2.13 seconds separating Paris from 30th-place finisher, Italy’s Christof Innerhofer.

It was a solid day for America’s neighbors to the North, however, as Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Erik Guay both cracked the top 10 in seventh and eighth for Canada, with Osborne-Paradis scoring a season-best result in the process.

Frenchman Blaise Giezendanner continued to impress with another attack-from-the-back performance following setting the fastest time in yesterday’s downhill portion of the combined from outside of the top 30. On Saturday, the young Frenchman screamed from bib 40 all the way to ninth place, just 1.32 seconds off of the winning pace.

Both the men and women now head North to Stockholm, Sweden, for a city event parallel slalom on Feb. 23.


The Scoop
By Hank McKee

  1. Paris, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  2. Nyman, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  3. Feuz, Head/Head/Head
  4. Fayed, Head/Head/Head
  5. Fill, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  6. Theaux, Head/Head/Head
  7. Osborne-Paradis, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  8. Guay, Head/Head/Head
  9. Giezendanner, Head/Head/Head
  10. Reichelt, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  • Men’s World Cup downhill, Chamonix, France, Feb. 20, 2016. … It is the 31st of 44 races on the men’s schedule. … The ninth of 11 scheduled downhills. … It is the 15th World Cup downhill held at Chamonix, home of the Arlberg-Kandahar. … Klaus Kroell and Jan Hudec won the last two downhills at Chamonix, in 2012.
  • It is the fifth career World Cup win for Dominik Paris. … His first of the season. … His previous best at Chamonix came hours earlier with a second-place finish in the combined Feb. 19. … The winning margin is 0.35 of a second. … The top five skiers are within the same second. … The top 28 within two seconds.
  • It is the eighth career World Cup podium for Steven Nyman. … His first at Chamonix and his second of the season after a third-place finish at Jeongseon Feb. 6.
  • It is the 20th career World Cup podium for Beat Feuz. … It is his third podium of the season, all in DH.
  • It is the 25th time Manuel Osborne-Paradis has finished in the top seven of a World Cup race … the 59th time Erik Guay has made the top eight. … Only Guay’s fifth at Val Gardena is a better result this season for Canadian males. … It is the eighth best finish of the season for Andrew Weibrecht.
  • None of the top three skiers in the World Cup overall standings participated in the race. … Marcel Hirscher leads 1045-957 over Henrik Kristoffersen and Aksel Lund Svindal (injured) is third overall with 916pts.
  • Svindal leads the downhill standings 436-410 over Peter Fill (fifth in race). … Adrien Theaux (sixth in race) is third with 341pts and Steven Nyman makes the top 10 with 246pts.
  • Austria leads the Nations Cup standings 4026-3742 over France. … Norway is third with 3510pts. … The U.S. is sixth at 1701 and Canada ninth at 524pts.

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  17  291459 PARIS Dominik 1989 ITA  1:58.38  0.00
 2  12  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  1:58.73  +0.35  3.70
 3  22  511383 FEUZ Beat 1987 SUI  1:58.77  +0.39  4.12
 4  19  192932 FAYED Guillermo 1985 FRA  1:59.18  +0.80  8.45
 5  20  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  1:59.27  +0.89  9.40
 6  18  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:59.53  +1.15  12.14
 7  5  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:59.54  +1.16  12.25
 8  11  102263 GUAY Erik 1981 CAN  1:59.67  +1.29  13.62
 9  40  194298 GIEZENDANNER Blaise 1991 FRA  1:59.70  +1.32  13.94
 10  21  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:59.73  +1.35  14.25
 11  13  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  1:59.74  +1.36  14.36
 12  8  191740 CLAREY Johan 1981 FRA  1:59.77  +1.39  14.68
 13  2  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:59.84  +1.46  15.42
 14  28  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin 1992 FRA  1:59.85  +1.47  15.52
 15  4  990081 CASSE Mattia 1990 ITA  1:59.86  +1.48  15.63
 16  7  50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT  1:59.98  +1.60  16.89
 17  31  561216 KLINE Bostjan 1991 SLO  2:00.00  +1.62  17.11
 18  34  511981 WEBER Ralph 1993 SUI  2:00.04  +1.66  17.53
 18  6  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  2:00.04  +1.66  17.53
 20  9  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  2:00.06  +1.68  17.74
 21  49  512124 HINTERMANN Niels 1995 SUI  2:00.11  +1.73  18.27
 21  16  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  2:00.11  +1.73  18.27
 23  10  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  2:00.17  +1.79  18.90
 24  41  202535 DRESSEN Thomas 1993 GER  2:00.23  +1.85  19.53
 24  24  200379 SANDER Andreas 1989 GER  2:00.23  +1.85  19.53
 26  25  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  2:00.24  +1.86  19.64
 27  3  53933 SCHWEIGER Patrick 1990 AUT  2:00.25  +1.87  19.75
 28  15  191964 POISSON David 1982 FRA  2:00.37  +1.99  21.01
 29  52  511847 MANI Nils 1992 SUI  2:00.42  +2.04  21.54
 30  14  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  2:00.51  +2.13  22.49
 31  45  180570 ROMAR Andreas 1989 FIN  2:00.52  +2.14  22.60
 32  43  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar 1987 ITA  2:00.54  +2.16  22.81
 33  39  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  2:00.57  +2.19  23.12
 34  1  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  2:00.63  +2.25  23.76
 35  37  293141 VARETTONI Silvano 1984 ITA  2:00.74  +2.36  24.92
 36  35  53968 BERTHOLD Frederic 1991 AUT  2:00.82  +2.44  25.76
 37  33  6290985 BUZZI Emanuele 1994 ITA  2:00.85  +2.47  26.08
 38  51  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA  2:00.95  +2.57  27.14
 39  27  533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA  2:01.25  +2.87  30.30
 40  50  202196 BRANDNER Klaus 1990 GER  2:01.29  +2.91  30.73
 41  47  380292 ZRNCIC DIM Natko 1986 CRO  2:01.33  +2.95  31.15
 42  29  292514 HEEL Werner 1982 ITA  2:01.36  +2.98  31.47
 43  48  54009 WALDER Christian 1991 AUT  2:01.37  +2.99  31.57
 44  53  194368 RAFFORT Nicolas 1991 FRA  2:01.39  +3.01  31.78
 45  55  110324 VON APPEN Henrik 1994 CHI  2:01.45  +3.07  32.42
 46  46  294904 PANGRAZZI Paolo 1988 ITA  2:01.48  +3.10  32.73
 47  57  104096 THOMPSON Broderick 1994 CAN  2:01.53  +3.15  33.26
 48  42  103512 FRISCH Jeffrey 1984 CAN  2:01.54  +3.16  33.37
 49  30  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  2:01.65  +3.27  34.53
 50  23  560447 SPORN Andrej 1981 SLO  2:01.73  +3.35  35.37
 51  54  511808 SCHMED Fernando 1991 SUI  2:01.78  +3.40  35.90
 52  58  194666 DELBERGHE William 1993 FRA  2:02.32  +3.94  41.60
 53  32  103762 WERRY Tyler 1991 CAN  2:02.47  +4.09  43.19
 54  44  561255 CATER Martin 1992 SLO  2:02.62  +4.24  44.77
 55  62  481327 TRIKHICHEV Pavel 1992 RUS  2:02.65  +4.27  45.09
 55  60  20324 OLIVERAS Marc 1991 AND  2:02.65  +4.27  45.09
 57  61  370031 ALESSANDRIA Arnaud 1993 MON  2:03.20  +4.82  50.90
 58  56  303758 SUGAI Ryo 1991 JPN  2:03.24  +4.86  51.32
 59  59  430472 KLUSAK Michal 1990 POL  2:03.76  +5.38  56.81
Disqualified 1st run
 36  53981 KROELL Johannes 1991 AUT
Did not finish 1st run
 38  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO
 26  511529 GISIN Marc 1988 SUI
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