Feuz takes the win in St Moritz Downhill & Curtoni blitzes her way onto the podium in St Moritz
A half an hour delay to the start of the race due to fresh snow and poor visibility on the race course, did not upset the racers. After making his season debut in Wengen, Feuz has been in great form. Three podium results plus winning the last race and only once finishing outside the top ten culminated in Feuz finishing in fifth place in the season long standings.
“It definitely means a lot to win this race here in St. Moritz today,” said Feuz. “With next year being the World Championships, it gives some confidence and it is a great way to end the season.”
In true Rebel fashion, Feuz knows that the break between the seasons will help him prepare for the World Championship season next year: “One must not forget that my Achilles tendon was two-thirds torn through a few months ago,” recalled Feuz.
In taking his first podium of the year, Erik Guay explained “I felt the skiing was coming all year, despite a few injuries, I was just working to build the momentum and it paid off today so I’m happy.” Guay added: “For me, it’s not the end of a season but the start of a new one. At the start of this season I had some equipment changes and a new serviceman, along with a new coach, so there was lots of fine tuning to do but I feel pretty dialled in now and I almost wish the season was prolonged for a bit.”
Despite taking fourth, defending World Cup Downhill Champion, Kjetil Jansrud lost out on the race for the Downhill Globe. The fifty points for fourth place pulled him up to joint third (on countback of race wins, he takes fourth) with Aksel Lund Svindal taking second behind Peter Fill despite missing the last six races.
Final word goes to the race winner, Beat Feuz, when looking to the World Championships next season: “The motivation is certainly present. It is a home World Championships. Sure it is a new race, but I hope I can show a performance like that again.”
1. Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
2. Steve Nyman
3. Erik Guay (CAN) HEAD
4. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
5. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
Curtoni blitzes her way onto the podium in St Moritz
By deciding to miss the Alpine Combined in Lenzerheide Elena Curtoni gave her hip time to heal. Having injured the hip in the Alpine Combined in Soldeu, this was the perfect way to aid its recovery: Taking the first World Cup Downhill podium of her career with third place! Mirjam Puchner won the race with Fabienne Suter in second and Liz Goergl made it a great day for the HEAD World Cup Rebels with fourth place. Lindsey Vonn took home the Downhill Globe.
With the Men’s race being pushed back due to the conditions, the Women’s race was also delayed. With the Globe already sorted and Lindsey Vonn waiting in the finish to collect her eighth Downhill Globe and the twentieth of her career, this was a chance for all the racers to put on their best performances.
Starting nine, Curtoni was putting in a solid run yet a devastating fourth section, she posted the fastest time in this section, saw her leap up into contention for the podium places. Only fellow HEAD World Cup Rebel Edit Miklos was able to live with the speed that Curtoni generated in this section.
Curtoni took second in the finish but was delighted with third at the end of the race. With the course conditions deteriorating as the race went on, it certainly paid off to go early in the race.
“In the middle of the season I started to believe that I could do well,” Curtoni added that she had not even wanted to race downhill this year! “I have started to believe in myself more than I used to, I was also having fun! I see this third place as a new start and I wish to continue like this,” she added. “I will continue to work hard and enjoy my racing as I do now!”
Lizz Goergl produced her season’s best result with fourth place while Corinne Suter continued her fine run of form in taking eighth place, her third top ten result of the season, just ahead of Kajsa Kling in ninth.
Despite having already clinched the Globe, Lindsey Vonn watched the race in the finish: “It’s a little bittersweet for me today,” said Vonn. “Naturally I’m really happy to win the globe, but to watch as a spectator and not race is really hard.”
1. Mirjam Puchner
2. Fabienne Suter
3. Elena Curtoni (ITA) HEAD
4. Liz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
8. Corinne Suter (SUI) HEAD
9. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD
11. Ramona Siebenhofer (AUT) HEAD
13. Lara Gut (SUI) HEAD
14. Edit Miklos (HUN) HEAD