Alpine

Weibrecht 13th in Hahnenkamm

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USSA
2016-01-23 08:24
 

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Jan. 23, 2016) – Thirty racers started a fast, dark and bumpy Hahnenkamm Saturday at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill, but only 24 made it to the finish line. Andrew Weibrecht (Lake Placid, NY) led a trio of surviving Americans.

The race, which started from a lower start position due to weather conditions, was officially cancelled after bib 30 crossed the line. Italy’s Peter Fill was declared the official winner, with Switzerland’s Beat Fuez and Carlo Janka in second and third respectively. Weibrecht finished 13th, Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) was 18th and Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) 22nd.

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Travis Ganong finished 18th at the downhill Saturday in Kitzbuehel. (Getty/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)

Just making it across the finish line was a victory for 24 racers today, as the story of the day was the challenging conditions that saw overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal or Norway, and three members of the Austrian team crash in spectacular fashion. Svindal, however, did walk away after his crash and appeared OK.

“It’s been a wild ride watching this today,” said Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT), who also went down, but was fine. “Hannes (Reichelt) going down, (Georg) Streitberger going down - Austria has lost five guys on this course this week. So I’m glad to just be in one piece.”

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Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal is assisted by medical staff after crashing during the men's downhill race. (Getty/AFP-Robert Jaeger)

Nyman, who was fifth on the Hahnenkamm last year, was well on his way to what may have been a podium finish.

“I was five-tenths ahead when I went out - by far ahead in first place ... it’s a bummer,” Nyman said. “But you have to risk it, and sometimes it doesn’t pay off.”

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Steven Nyman crashes out of the downhill. (Getty/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)

As for the rest of the American’s, they battled the weather conditions and slowly deteriorating track conditions to make it across the line.

“I’m happy to be at the finish,” Sullivan said. “Even though we’re the best racers in the world, it’s still stressful to run this thing. It’s scary every time you kick out of the start, especially when you see guys like Aksel and Reichelt crash - those guys never crash.”

“Tough conditions today - super dark, super bumpy and lots of wind, just really dangerous with the conditions,” Ganong added. “I’m not satisfied at all, I have higher expectations, and I know that I am capable of a lot more. But I’m just happy that I’m alive, I’m here and moving on.”

Up next, the men compete in slalom Sunday at Kitzbuehel. NBC Sports Live Extra will broadcast the race live starting at 4:30 a.m. EST.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Italy’s Peter Fill won his second career World Cup downhill race Saturday. His first was at Lake Louise in 2008.
  • The race was officially cancelled due to weather conditions after 30 racers.
  • The Hahnenkamm start was moved to a lower position due to weather conditions.
  • Svindal continues to lead the overall World Cup standings by 107 points over Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who did not participate in Saturday’s race.
  • The Hahnenkamm will re-air Saturday at 4:30 p.m. EST on Universal HD

QUOTES

Travis Ganong
Tough conditions today - super dark, super bumpy and lots of wind, just really dangerous with the conditions. I’m not satisfied at all, I have higher expectations, and I know that I am capable of a lot more. But I’m just happy that I’m alive and I’m here and moving on.

Steven Nyman
It’s Kitzbuehel, it’s always bumpy, its always rough, that’s to be expected. I was really fired up for today. Last year here I learned a lot … I learned how to ski the bottom – that’s been my nemesis – I’ve had some fast training runs, fast splits and just linking it all together, knowing I could win the thing.

I was five-tenths ahead when I went out - by far ahead in first place ... it’s a bummer. But you have to risk it and sometimes it doesn’t pay off.

It’s been a wild ride watching this today. Hannes (Reichelt) going down, (Georg) Streitberger going down - Austria has lost five guys on this course this week. So I’m glad to just be in one piece.

Andrew Weibrecht
It was tough. It’s always difficult starting from a different start that you haven’t really looked at. The angle you go out of the gate is a little different and it makes the sections run totally different after it.

The conditions were tricky. It was snowing when I (raced) and the conditions were on the decline. I had some good sections, I skied well, but I wish I could have minimized the mistakes a little bit and been a little faster.

Marco Sullivan
I’m happy to be at the finish. Even though we’re the best racers in the world, it’s still stressful to run this thing. It’s scary every time you kick out of the start, especially when you see guys like Aksel and Reichelt crash - those guys never crash.

Broadcast and Live Streaming (times EST)

Saturday, Jan. 23
4:30 p.m. - Men's downhill, Kitzbuehel - - RE-AIR - Universal HD

Sunday, Jan. 24
4:30 a.m. - Men's SL1, Kitzbuehel - LIVE - NBC Sports Live Extra
7:30 a.m. - Men's SL2, Kitzbuehel - LIVE - NBC Sports Live Extra
3:30 p.m. - Men's slalom, Kitzbuehel - Universal HD

RESULTS
Men’s downhill