Under a cloudy day with rather clear visibility and a temperature of -16 Celsius (3 degrees Fahrenheit) Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won today’s downhill on the slopes of Beaver Creek, Colorado (USA) with a total time of 1:44:50 ahead of Hannes Reichelt of Austria with 1:44:67 and Peter Fill of Italy taking 3rd place with a time of 1:44:70, less than .20 of a second from the leader.
Erik Guay of Canada who had the fastest time in World Cup downhill training the day before did not manage a better place than 16th with a time of 1:45:70. But the surprise came from Bode Miller who recently came back from injury and was the best US Skier finishing at the 13th place with a time of 1:45:54, only a second away from the leader despite a counter-perfomance in training yesterday taking the 66th spot.
There was a strong Italian squad in today’s Beaver Creek downhill as 3rd place Peter Fill was followed by Werner Heel and Dominik Paris, two countrymen taking the 8th and 9th place. Also the Swiss team did well with the 5th and 6th place of Patrick Kueng and Beat Feuz.
Next event will be tomorrow at Beaver Creek with the Super G at 11:00 am local time.