Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Beat Feuz Wins The Downhill Race, Peter Fill Takes Downhill Title

Switzerland found its speed power again as Beat Feuz won the last Downhill of the season in St. Moritz. Beat Feuz was joined on the podium by American Steven Nyman and Canadian Erik Guay.
"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".
Peter Fill had a very strong and constant season. Fill may not have won today’s battle in the Downhill at the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Season Finals in St. Moritz (Switzerland), but he won the season’s war as he officially collected his Crystal Globe as the top Downhill skier for the 2015/2016 season.
Fill became the first-ever Italian male to win the downhill globe. He was not a headline grabber during the season, earning only two downhill podiums, but his consistency and ability to almost always land in the top 10 earned him the globe.
"It was a great feeling and a dream came true for me today", said a happy Fill. "It was not an easy race for me today as the last racer, the visibility wasn't good and conditions were hard, but in the end it was a perfect day".
Second and third place on the season went to the Norwegian duo of Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud, Svindal missed the last portion of the season after suffering an ACL injury in Kitzbühel, while Jansrud’s fourth-place finish was not enough to overcome Fill in the downhill standings. It is the first time since 2012 that a Norwegian has not won the downhill globe.

Tomorrow the Super-G title will be decided. In the 7 Super-G events held this season, 14 different athletes climbed onto the podium! So the Cup Standings were very open, with Kilde, Svindal, Kriechmayr, Jansrud, Weibrecht and Janka who could potentially claim the discipline globe. Right now, Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is leading the standings, 25 points ahead of injured Aksel Lund Svindal and 37 points ahead of Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr. Together with defending champion Kjetil Jansrud, who is 40 points behind Kilde, he two young guns (Kilde is 23 and Kriechmayr 24) have the best chances to earn this globe. Mathematically, Andrew Weibrecht (91 points behind) and Carlo Janka (92 points behind) can still grab the Super-G globes, but the likelihood is pretty small, since Kilde, Kriechmayr and Jansrud should all three finish behind them in order for this to happen.

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