The race weekend in Beaver Creek concludes with American Tommy Ford winning his career-first World Cup on Sunday in front of a home crowd. The American skier clocked the best time in the first run and the second-best in the second run, finishing clearly ahead of the Norwegian pack composed of Henrik Kristoffersen (+0.80) and Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen (+1.23).
Tommy Ford will be wearing the red bib in Val d'Isère as he is now leading the Giant Slalom standing with 150 points, 30 more than French Mathieu Faivre, currently second.
"I am just sticking to what I know and did really trust my skiing. It's been a progression, I have been building into this in the last couple of weeks also in training and here we go."
Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) is back where he belongs, even in the Giant Slalom. The Norwegian delivered two consistent runs and climbed up one position from run 1 finishing second, a clear step forward from the opening in Soelden (AUT).
Nestvold-Haugen (NOR), second after run 1, was happy to celebrate his third individual World Cup podium with his third place in the American venue. The Norwegian had started the season with a 10th place in Soelden and proved his great condition even in Beaver Creek.
Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg showed the field that Giant Slalom maybe her specialty, but she is skiing fast in speed this year as well. She has now recorded her 18th World Cup success and the fourth one in the discipline, and she becomes the first German woman to win two straight SuperG race since Katja Seizinger captured 5 in a row in 1997.
The second and third steps of the podium are occupied by two athletes who conquer it for the first time in this discipline.
The biggest threat to Rebensburg win came from the back of the pack, the young Italian Nicol Delago, who skied into second from bib 31.
Behind Delago was Switzerland’s Corinne Suter, who followed up her Downhill podium with yet another podium in the Super-G.
Nicole Schmidhofer, the winner last year of the two Downhills in Lake Louise, returned today to the top of the podium.
The second Audi FIS Ski World Cup Downhill of the season for the Ladies went down today at Lake Louise and saw Nicole Schmidhofer claiming the win, followed by Mikaela Shiffrin (+0.13) and Francesca Marsaglia (+0.43).
After a 7th place yesterday, last year Downhill Globe winner Nicole Schmidhofer has been able to pull out a strong run again today and claimed the top spot of the podium.
"Nici" was joined on the podium by Mikaela Shiffrin in second who nearly grabbed her 63rd career world cup win. The American added another podium finish on the course where she won her first downhill race in 2017 and the first Super-G race in 2018.
Since the beginning of the season, there have been no races without surprises, and today is Francesca Marsaglia's turn. The Italian skier surprised herself a bit by skiing a clean run onto her career-first speed podium.
Due to strong wind in the top section, the Beaver Creek downhill start was lowered and cut out the top flat section, shortening the course by about 30 seconds. The shortened course saw Switzerland's Beat Feuz take his second Birds of Prey Downhill in a row. Feuz beat Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) and Johan Clarey (FRA) both in joint second place 0.41 seconds behind.
With this victory, Beat Feuz has claimed his 30th downhill World Cup podium and achieved top-three finishes in 13 of the last 15 downhill races.
Johan Clarey, starting with bib 19, surprised everyone, even himself, and closed in the second position, matching his career-best, achieved in Kitzbühel last season and in Kvitjell in 2014.
Vincent Kriechmayr, who was sitting in the leader’s corner when Beat Feuz crossed the finish line, shared the second place with Clarey and achieved his best result of the season so far.
It has been a very close start to the speed season, with three out of four races resulting in joint positions on the podium.
After two top 10 finishes in training earlier this week, Ester Ledecka finally locked in her line to overcome snowy, bumpy course conditions and win her first-ever World Cup.
In 2018, the Czech snowboarder turned alpine ski racer surprised the field when she won super-G gold in PyeongChang. Since then she’s been trying to find the same speed in a World Cup race. Today in Lake Louise, she was finally successful, beating out Switzerland’s Corinne Suter by 0.35 seconds.After becoming the first athlete to win two Olympic gold medals in snowboard and alpine, now she also became the first one to win both a World Cup alpine and snowboard event.
"Going to wear the red bib it's freaky, and I hope to continue like that in the next races", says Ester "I've not decided yet if I'll race in St.Moritz or Cortina D'Ampezzo and I'll probably decide it the week before. This is what I usually do, and this drives my coaches crazy!"
Corinne Suter was already looking forward to her first World Cup victory, but she had to settle with a second-place which is the third career World Cup podium for the Swiss ski star.
The Austrian team cannot be missing on the podium, this time with Stephanie Venier (AUT). She finished third in front of her teammate Nina Ortlieb who ties fourth place with Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) conquering her career-best result.
22-year-old Swiss talent Marco Odermatt claims Beaver Creek’s Super-G, scoring his first World Cup victory. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) came second (+0.10) and Matthias Mayer (AUT) third (+0.14) for a very close finish. Odermatt skied well on the technical course, taking the right amount of risk without compromising the speed of his run.
It’s the first World Cup win for the young Swiss skier, whose best result in Super-G was last week’s 7th place in Lake Louise. His other two podiums were both achieved during last season, both in Giant Slalom.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde also showed a very strong performance and was leading in all the splits until he made a mistake in the final section, causing him to finish second.
Matthias Mayer continues his positive streak after winning the last Super-G race in Lake Louise and thanks to this third place, he continues leading the overall ranking with 221 points, 41 points ahead of Dominik Paris (ITA).
Perfect conditions in Lake Louise welcomed the ski racers for the first Super-G of the season. Matthias Mayer (AUT) showed great confidence and top-level skiing, securing his 6th World Cup victory, the third one in this discipline. Dominik Paris (ITA) finished second and Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) and Mauro Caviezel (SUI) in joint third.
Matthias Mayer had finished four times second in the Canadian venue but had never managed to win in Lake Louise before today. Mayer celebrates the start of the season and returns to victory after more than a year.
"It’s always special to get a win in the first (Super G) race of the season. I think I made the difference in the second part of the course. I knew there were many strong guys down there, so I tried to push hard and give everything", said Mayer.
Dominik Paris confirmed his speed skills and good condition, taking like yesterday in the Downhill the second spot, 0.40 seconds behind the Austrian.
Caviezel and Kirechmayr also showed strong performances, cutting both the finish line only 0.09 seconds behind Paris. For the second time in two days, two athletes had to share the third spot of the podium.
Mikaela Shiffrin continues in the path of victory in slalom with a demonstrative victory in Killington (Vermont, USA). After leading the first run of the second slalom of the season, Shiffrin finishes ahead of Petra Vlhova (+ 2.29) and Anna Swenn Larsson (+ 2.73).
It's the 4th consecutive slalom victory for Shiffrin in Vermont. Mikaela equals Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Pröll for second on the women's World Cup career list with a 62nd win. The record of 82 race wins is now held by Linsdey Vonn.
"The record's keep going, don't they?" Mikaela laughed. "It's different from what Ingemar was able to do, or what Annemarie was able to do - to me, with these amazing racers, their records will last forever. It's a different generation, with different events. But the records are also a symbol of the work that I do and the work that my team does...the way that we all work together - it's like a family, and we're just doing the best we can every day".
Conditions were really challenging. An icy slope, flat light, and a turny set made for a gritty slalom. Even athletes that ended the day on the podium, such as Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larsson, said that the course was not one that any of the women felt good on. Shiffrin called the surface bulletproof and intimidating, and Vlhova said she had not skied ice quite like that in years.
"Anywhere else, I might have gotten bumped off the course", said Shiffrin. "But the crowd here really carried me down the hill. It felt wild. Nobody likes to fall, but I really don’t like to fall. I felt really scrappy in the second run and was doing everything I could to keep my skis moving and make it down the course".
After exactly one year from his last World Cup race, Thomas Dressen (GER) secures his third World Cup victory in Lake Louise, ahead of Dominik Paris (ITA) and the Swiss pack composed of Carlo Janka and Beat Feuz, both in joint third.
It’s an incredible day for the German skier, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on 30th November 2018 in Beaver Creek and came back to competitions today in Lake Louise, topping the podium with a very solid and smooth run.
Thomas Dressen was really enthusiastic: "I have no words, I don’t know what to say. Finishing in the top 10 would have been already a great result, but winning on the day of my comeback is just unbelievable!".
"It’s been the small steps, you know?" he said of his recovery. "The first time really walking without crutches, then being able to go upstairs and downstairs without pain, which is still a little bit of a problem sometimes, then first time back on skis. I was struggling a little bit and to be honest, to be really sure that I could compete again in the World Cup and maybe be successful was just in the last few weeks".Runner-up Dominik Paris also made the most of the great conditions of the slope and the clear skies, concluding in second just 0.02 behind Dressen.
For Swiss Janka, the fastest in both training runs, it’s the first podium after more than two years. Janka (+0.26) shares the third spot on the podium with teammate Beat Feuz, the winner of last season’s Downhill Globe.
Beat Feuz was in the podium in 12 of the last 14 Downhill races.