Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hannes Reichelt Won Gold on Men's Super-G

Hannes Reichelt took Gold on the Men's Super-G during the second day of racing at the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek. Reichelt, a Super-G specialist, was one of the favourites for the medals.
"It sounds really good to be called a World Champion", said Reichelt. "I felt a lot of pressure, not from the outside, but I put a lot of pressure on myself because I wanted to repeat what I did in December at the World Cup, so now I am happy to be able to relax a bit".

It was a day of full of surprises at the SG race on the Birds of Prey course in Beaver Creek. Second place went to virtual unknown Dustin Cook. The Canadian came from out of nowhere with to claim the silver medal 0.11 off the pace. Cook’s highest previous World Cup finish was 12thplace. Rounding out the top-three was Adrien Theaux (FRA) 0.24 behind.Canada's Dustin Cook zoomed down the course with bib 28 to steal the podium to Kjetil Jansrud and Matthias Mayer tied in fourth place.
"I’m a lot less surprised than most people, I’ve had fast splits all year and I love this hill", said Cook. "I ski here all the time, it’s basically home. I really wanted to put one down and it worked out".
It is also the first medal for Adrien Theaux. "It was difficult start for me this year, so that’s why I’m more happy with this medal. It’s just a great, great day for me – beautiful day. I think for my life the most beautiful. (...) I was close to the podium in Kitzbuehel and now I’m on it, so it’s just perfect", said Theaux. "I made a mistake on the top so I said, OK, I did one mistake and I think every guy does a mistake today because a lot of guys want to push a lot to win".
Aksel Lund Svindal was one of the day’s most pleasant surprises. After not racing all season due to a torn Achilles tendon in October, the Norwegian charged back to ski without pain and finish sixth on the day.
"My expectations coming in was to do a downhill training run and see if I should go home or if I should stay here", said Svindal. "I did a downhill training run, didn’t ski awesome but I felt safe at least. Today I figured – nothing to lose – let’s just see what happens. … I’m only 15 hundredths or something out today, so there’s always hope (for a medal). I’m a little surprised, I have to say. It was a lot of fun".

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