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Defago wins tight Hahnenkamm SG, Miller settles for second


Didier Defago (GEPA/Mario Kneisl)

Didier Defago (GEPA/Mario Kneisl)

The snows continued at Kitzbuehel, dropping a foot and a half on the village overnight and causing enough visibility problems that officials elected to run the race three hours later and lower the start. And still the snow fell hard during the early running of the super G rescheduled from Friday.

Many of the top technical skiers entered the race which would double as the first half of the Hahnenkamm combined – including Marcel Hirscher, Alexis Pinturault and Ted Ligety – racers who obviously were willing to take risks as the Olympics loom and chances to make moves up the World Cup standings dwindle.

Even with the start dropped to the Seidlalm jump, the Kitzbuehel speed track presented plenty of challenge. Veteran skiers jammed at the top of a very tight finish order where the top 34 were all within a second of the winner, 36-year-old Didier Defago.

Defago, the surprise 2010 Olympic downhill gold medalist, unseated Bode Miller from the first chair of the leader’s box before he could even reach his position. Miller held on for second. World Cup overall leader Aksel Lund Svindal tied Austrian Max Franz  for the third spot, less than two tenths off the pace.

It was just Defago’s fifth career World Cup win, though he had previously won on the Streif, claiming the 69th annual Hahnenkamm downhill in 2009.

The tech skiers did not fare as well as they might have hoped. Pinturault sits in best shape for a shot at the combined win in 18th place, .69 behind the leader. Ligety sits 31st but may still benefit from a clean course once the speed specialists are removed from the start list for the slalom. Hirscher finished 56th, a second and a half out.

Travis Ganong topped the personal best he recorded less than 24 hours prior by finishing sixth from the 40th start.

Miller, as he had been Saturday, was one error away from the win. He had some difficulty coming off the road, but said it did not bother him nearly as much as Saturday’s mishap.

“I was okay today,” said Miller. “Five hundredths is not very much time. Just give me a break and let me win here one time. I’m okay with it. I skied hard today and just got beat. This super G didn’t give us a lot of chances to make up time. I skied really well, but couldn’t do anything else.”

With the snowfall drying up for most of the first seed and the light improving thereafter, some stunning results were recorded from back in the pack. Austrian Markus Duerager made the top 10 from the 55th start. With seven Austrian skiers listed among the top 15 skiers, Duerager’s performance will no doubt cost one of his teammates an Olympic start. Vincent Kriechmayr claimed 15th from bib 42.

The top Canadian placing went to Morgan Pridy, who finished 21st from the 33rd start and sealed his Olympic team nomination in the process.

View more photos from today’s race in our gallery.

 

The Scoop

Men’s World Cup super G, Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jan. 26, 2014

Equipment - Skier, skis/boots/bindings

1 Defago, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol

2 Miller, Head/Head/Head

3 Svindal, Head/Head/Head

3 Franz, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

5 Clarey, Head/Head/Head

6 Ganong, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

6 Striedinger, Blizzard/Tecnica/

8 Janka, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

9 Theaux, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon

10 Duerager, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer

Men’s World Cup super G, Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jan. 26, 2014. … It is the 22nd race of the men’s 34 race World Cup schedule… the fourth of six super G’s. … It is the front part of a super combined with a slalom scheduled later in the day as part of the 74th Hahnenkamm. … It is the 14th World Cup SG hosted by Kitzbuehel. … The race was originally scheduled for Friday, bumped because of weather conditions and replaced on the weekend slate by the slalom. Course shortened due to overnight snow, start at Seidlalm Jump.

It is the fifth career World Cup win for Didier Defago… his second in super G, the previous from Dec. 20, 2002 at Val Gardena. …  It is his second win at Kitzbuehel having previously won the 2009 downhill. It is his fourth top 10 of the season and only podium. He is the defending Olympic downhill gold medalist.

It is the 78th career World Cup podium for Bode Miller… his 11th in super G. … It is his third podium of the season and second of the weekend having placed third in the downhill. … It is his eighth career podium scored at Kitzbuehel.

It is the 57th career World Cup podium for Aksel Lund Svindal… his 22nd in super G. … It is his seventh career Kitzbuehel podium including the super G win from last season.

It is the second career World Cup podium for Max Franz, the previous in SG at Lake Louise Nov. 24, 2012.

It is a career-best result for Travis Ganong… one placing better than was scored in DH one day earlier. … It is the second career World Cup scoring result for Morgan Pridy, the previous coming at Beaver Creek in super G Dec. 7, 2013. … It is the fourth score of the season for Steven Nyman… and the fourth for Andrew Weibrecht. … It is the eighth score of the season for Jan Hudec, his first since December.

Aksel Lund Svindal solidifies his grip on the World Cup overall standings 897-735 over Marcel Hirscher (56th in race). … Alexis Pinturault (18th in race) is third overall with 569pts. … Ted Ligety and Bode Miller are tied for sixth overall with 449pts each. … Erik Guay (did not race) leads Canada in 21st wth 261pts.

Svindal also leads the super G standings 296-162 over Defago. … Patrick Kueng (17th in race) is third with 159pts. … Miller is fourth at 138pts and Jan Hudec seventh with 128pts.

 

Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff.
 1  24  510727 DEFAGO Didier 1977 SUI  1:10.38
 2  23  532431 MILLER Bode 1977 USA  1:10.43  +0.05
 3  17  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund 1982 NOR  1:10.53  +0.15
 3  10  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:10.53  +0.15
 5  4  191740 CLAREY Johan 1981 FRA  1:10.57  +0.19
 6  40  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA  1:10.68  +0.30
 6  3  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:10.68  +0.30
 8  6  511313 JANKA Carlo 1986 SUI  1:10.73  +0.35
 9  18  192746 THEAUX Adrien 1984 FRA  1:10.74  +0.36
 10  55  53936 DUERAGER Markus 1990 AUT  1:10.79  +0.41
 11  19  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil 1985 NOR  1:10.80  +0.42
 12  21  50858 STREITBERGER Georg 1981 AUT  1:10.92  +0.54
 13  16  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:10.98  +0.60
 13  5  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:10.98  +0.60
 15  42  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:10.99  +0.61
 16  11  51327 PUCHNER Joachim 1987 AUT  1:11.01  +0.63
 17  9  511139 KUENG Patrick 1984 SUI  1:11.04  +0.66
 18  29  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis 1991 FRA  1:11.07  +0.69
 19  26  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas 1984 FRA  1:11.11  +0.73
 20  8  292455 FILL Peter 1982 ITA  1:11.12  +0.74
 21  33  103612 PRIDY Morgan 1990 CAN  1:11.17  +0.79
 22  68  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  1:11.18  +0.80
 23  28  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:11.22  +0.84
 24  41  194190 ROGER Brice 1990 FRA  1:11.25  +0.87
 25  73  201606 KEPPLER Stephan 1983 GER  1:11.26  +0.88
 25  48  561067 PERKO Rok 1985 SLO  1:11.26  +0.88
 25  12  293006 INNERHOFER Christof 1984 ITA  1:11.26  +0.88
 28  39  191964 POISSON David 1982 FRA  1:11.27  +0.89
 29  15  102271 HUDEC Jan 1981 CAN  1:11.29  +0.91
 30  2  50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT  1:11.31  +0.93
 31  22  534562 LIGETY Ted 1984 USA  1:11.32  +0.94
 32  43  103512 FRISCH Jeffrey 1984 CAN  1:11.33  +0.95
 32  34  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:11.33  +0.95
 34  49  560447 SPORN Andrej 1981 SLO  1:11.35  +0.97
 35  58  51332 SCHEIBER Florian 1987 AUT  1:11.42  +1.04
 36  51  194542 GIRAUD MOINE Valentin 1992 FRA  1:11.45  +1.07
 37  27  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:11.49  +1.11
 38  44  511513 CAVIEZEL Mauro 1988 SUI  1:11.54  +1.16
 38  13  292514 HEEL Werner 1982 ITA  1:11.54  +1.16
 40  63  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan 1981 SUI  1:11.55  +1.17
 40  57  501076 OLSSON Hans 1984 SWE  1:11.55  +1.17
 40  53  100558 COOK Dustin 1989 CAN  1:11.55  +1.17
 40  37  293141 VARETTONI Silvano 1984 ITA  1:11.55  +1.17
 44  65  533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA  1:11.57  +1.19
 44  38  511352 VILETTA Sandro 1986 SUI  1:11.57  +1.19
 46  72  150398 BANK Ondrej 1980 CZE  1:11.72  +1.34
 47  36  202059 FERSTL Josef 1988 GER  1:11.74  +1.36
 48  60  192932 FAYED Guillermo 1985 FRA  1:11.75  +1.37
 48  30  191746 DE TESSIERES Gauthier 1981 FRA  1:11.75  +1.37
 50  66  193034 BOUILLOT Alexandre 1985 FRA  1:11.76  +1.38
 50  46  534959 JITLOFF Tim 1985 USA  1:11.76  +1.38
 52  70  510997 BERTHOD Marc 1983 SUI  1:11.79  +1.41
 53  31  422139 KILDE Aleksander Aamodt 1992 NOR  1:11.82  +1.44
 54  61  534939 FISHER Erik 1985 USA  1:11.83  +1.45
 55  50  561255 CATER Martin 1992 SLO  1:11.93  +1.55
 56  32  53831 HIRSCHER Marcel 1989 AUT  1:11.96  +1.58
 57  64  194167 MUZATON Maxence 1990 FRA  1:11.97  +1.59
 58  35  481705 GLEBOV Alexander 1983 RUS  1:11.99  +1.61
 59  47  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:12.07  +1.69
 60  62  511896 MURISIER Justin 1992 SUI  1:12.10  +1.72
 61  45  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:12.13  +1.75
 62  25  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar 1987 ITA  1:12.18  +1.80
 63  54  501439 HEDIN Douglas 1990 SWE  1:12.27  +1.89
 64  76  51007 SCHOERGHOFER Philipp 1983 AUT  1:12.34  +1.96
 65  56  990116 DE ALIPRANDINI Luca 1990 ITA  1:12.39  +2.01
 66  1  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica 1979 CRO  1:12.53  +2.15
 67  59  103385 PRIDY Conrad 1988 CAN  1:12.62  +2.24
 68  20  50742 REICHELT Hannes 1980 AUT  1:12.73  +2.35
 69  78  20267 ESTEVE Kevin 1989 AND  1:12.82  +2.44
 70  69  561217 KOSI Klemen 1991 SLO  1:12.89  +2.51
 71  83  700830 ZAMPA Adam 1990 SVK  1:12.92  +2.54
 71  71  934523 ENGEL Mark 1991 USA  1:12.92  +2.54
 73  67  103676 BROWN Philip 1991 CAN  1:13.02  +2.64
 74  82  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri 1991 BLR  1:13.06  +2.68
 75  75  430429 BYDLINSKI Maciej 1988 POL  1:13.14  +2.76
 76  81  561117 KUERNER Miha 1987 SLO  1:13.22  +2.84
 77  77  480736 KHOROSHILOV Alexander 1984 RUS  1:13.29  +2.91
 77  52  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:13.29  +2.91
 79  85  150644 KRYZL Krystof 1986 CZE  1:13.51  +3.13
 80  74  30149 SIMARI BIRKNER Cristian Javier 1980 ARG  1:13.59  +3.21
 81  79  150495 VRABLIK Martin 1982 CZE  1:14.29  +3.91
 82  80  670052 KHUBER Martin 1992 KAZ  1:14.36  +3.98
 83  84  92534 CHONGAROV Nikola 1989 BUL  1:14.50  +4.12
 84  14  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo 1985 ITA  1:18.13  +7.75

 

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