MAYER PODIUMS IN SANTA CATERINA DOWNHILL
Matthias Mayer ended the year with his second podium of the season as he placed second behind maiden World Cup race winner Travis Ganong with Dominik Paris in third.
With the start lowered from its original place due to high winds, Mayer was one of the racers to be happy with this: “Today was difficult, you never know how much conditions could have changed in half an hour so I think it was a good decision to lower the start as we could race without any problems. The snow here is amazing – aggressive, fast and bumpy so it’s everything we need and I like it a lot,” he said.
The Olympic Downhill Champion lead for most of the run before a final section that saw him edged out from what would have been a first win of the season by just nine hundredths of a second. Despite suffering a knee injury in the lead up to the season starting, Mayer is happy with how things are: “I feel good and my knee feels good. I had a bit of time these past few weeks for training and both my shape and skiing are improving,” he said when asked about his health.
Josef Ferstl, winner of the one training run that happened on Friday, almost managed to recreate the same magic as he produced a run good enough for seventh from a start number of 31. Ralph Weber was another Rebel to post a fast time from further back on the start list as he came down to take 10th place.
With Kjetil Jansrud posting 17th place, he has extended his lead in the race for the Overall to 48 points but with three technical races taking place just after New Year, the lead is slender.
The wind may have reduced the length of the course but it certainly did not reduce the hunger of the HEAD World Cup Rebels.
What’s your limit?
1. Travis Ganong
2. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
3. Dominik Paris
7. Josef Ferstl (GER) HEAD
8. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
10. Ralph Weber (SUI) HEAD
16. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
17. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
24. Jared Goldberg (USA) HEAD