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Dom Paris wins Hahnenkamm DH for Italy


Dominik Paris take a bow. The 23 year old Italian is the 2013 Hahnenkamm downhill champion and the downhill standings leader and 70,000 euros richer after outskiing the rest of the world on the downhiller’s downhill, the Streif at Kitzbuehel.

Canada’s Erik Guay, skiing right behind Paris, had the lead through out most of his run down the legendary course and held what is said to be the best, high line across the traverse heading to the Zielschuss to the finish, but somehow lost time to Paris and finished second by .13, his best career result at Kitzbuehel.

Hannes Reichelt upheld what was left of Austrian honor in third, .58 behind.

With the win Paris became a household name in some powerful houses with an estimated 50,000 attending, including dignitaries, celebrities and a plethora of former Hahnenkamm champions. It was just his second Cup win, the first he has held alone. He also tied for first earlier this season at Bormio with Reichelt, claiming what are widely considered the two most challenging downhills of the World Cup circuit.

Aksel Lund Svindal, the standings leader entering the race and the winner of the super G on Friday, could not match that effort and finished tenth, giving up the lead by three points to the Italian.  Klaus Kroell, considered a favorite after winning the final training run, turned out to be the third Austrian in the finish order, finishing seventh behind early leader Max Franz. A Frenchman, David Poisson, got fourth to unceremoniously push the homestanding Franz and Kroell down the list. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud was seventh and a fourth Austrian, Georg Streitberger, finished eighth.

Manny Osborne-Paradis, from the 40th start, skied his way to the top 10h. Another late starter was Italian Christof Innerhofer, the winner at Wengen just a week ago and third in Friday’s super G, was relegated to starting after bib 45 as punishment for disregarding FIS rules about continuing a training run after falling and losing a ski. The rule is a safety measure to prevent worker/athlete collisions as a course hold is routinely called for a crash. Innerhofer was incensed and appeared determined to charge from the back of the pack. His aggression cost him and his energy seemed to flag near the end of the track. He finished 20th.

It was a good solid race for Canada. Behind Guay in second and Osborne-Paradis in 10th were Benjamin Thomsen 17th and Jan Hudec 18th. America’s top finisher was Travis Ganong in 20th. Marco Sullivan got points in 23rdh. In a potential hunt for combined points, Ted Ligety missed the gate at the end of the Traverse and was listed as a DNF.

It is Paris who will bask in the glory of the Hahnenkamm and get his name attached to a Kitzbuehel gondola. β€œIt is huge,” Paris said. β€œI cannot believe it. The feeling was not good at first. … At the finish I cannot believe that I am ahead.”

It was the first Italian win in the race since Kristian Ghedina in 1998.

Fourth finishing Andrej Sporn was disqualified by an equipment infraction (B2.1.2 standing height).

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The SCOOP
by Hank McKee

Men’s World Cup downhill, Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jan. 26, 2013
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Paris, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
2 Guay, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
3 Reichelt, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
4 Poisson, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
5 Franz, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
6 Kroell, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
7 Jansrud, Head/Head/Head
8 Streitberger, Head/Head/Head
9 Svindal, Head/Head/Head
10 Osborne-Paradis, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

Men’s World Cup downhill, Kitzbuehel, Austria, Jan. 26, 2013.
… The premier race of the 73rd Hahnenkamm. … It is the 46th race of the 2012-13 World Cup season. … The 23rd of 36 men’s races and the sixth of nine scheduled men’s downhills. … It is the 149th World Cup held at last in part at Kitzbuehel and the 54th Cup downhill at the site. … Didier Cuche won the last three downhills at Kitzbuehel.

It was the second career World Cup win for Dominik Paris, both in downhill and both this season, the previous a co-win with Hannes Reichelt at Bormio. … His previous best at Kitzbuehel in downhill was 25th accomplished in both 2010 and 2011. … He was 11th in last season’s Kitzbuehel combined.

It is the 19th career World Cup podium result for Erik Guay. … his 13th in DH. … It is his career best finish in Kitzbuehel eclipsing a fifth in DH from 2006, 2010 and in yesterday’s SG. … It is his best result of the season and second podium after third scored at Val Gardena.

It is the 23rd career Cup podium for Hannes Reichelt. … his seventh in DH. … It is his second career podium at Kitzbuehel having also placed third in SG in 2006. … It is his fourth podium of the season and third in DH having shared the win at Bormio and placing third in DH at Wengen. … He was also third in the Beaver Creek SG.

It was the 21st career World Cup top 10 for Manuel Osborne-Paradis. … His previous best at Kitzbuehel had been 20th in 2008 and 2010. … It is his second best finish of the season having placed seventh at Val Gardena’s DH. … It is the tenth best career Cup finish for Ben Thomsen and his best at Kitzbuehel. … It is his fourth best result of the season. … Jan Hudec scores his 37th best Cup result. … and third best of three finishes at Kitzbuehel. … He was tenth last season in DH and 15th in SG this season. … It is his seventh best result of the season. … It is the sixth best career Cup placing for Travis Ganong and his second best at Kitzbuehel having placed 12th in DH last season. … It is his sixth score of the season. … It is the eighth best of nine Kitzbuehel results for Marco Sullivan. … his fifth score of the season.

Marcel Hirscher (did not race) maintains the lead of the World Cup Overall standings 935-876 over Aksel Lund Svindal (ninth in race). .. Ted Ligety (DNF in race) holds third at 736. … Erik Guay is now 12th with 364pts. … Paris overtakes Svindal in the downhill standings and leads 317-314. … Klaus Kroell (sixth in race) is third with 261. … Guay is fourth with 253 and Marco Sullivan 11th with 114pts. …Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 3897-2809 over Italy. … France is third with 2190pts. … The US is fifth with 1242 and Canada eighth with 732.

Kitzbuehel (AUT)
FIS World Cup
Men’s Downhill
Jan 26, 2013

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Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  20  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   1:57.56  0.00
 2  21  102263 GUAY Erik  1981  CAN   1:57.69  1.51
 3  22  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:57.92  4.20
 4  29  191964 POISSON David  1982  FRA   1:58.16  6.99
 5  4  53817 FRANZ Max  1989  AUT   1:58.17  7.11
 6  16  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT   1:58.29  8.51
 7  10  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  gn="center">1985  NOR   1:58.45  10.37
 8  3  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT   1:58.57  11.77
 9  18  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:58.72  13.52
 10  40  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel  1984  CAN   1:58.79  14.33
 11 lign="right"> 7  292514 HEEL Werner  1982  ITA   1:58.81  14.57
 12  41  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar  1987  ITA   1:58.82  14.68
 13  11  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:58.94  16.08
 14  14  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:59.01 le="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 9px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, Swiss, SunSans-Regular; background-color: #f0f0f0; vertical-align: top;" align="right"> 16.90
 15  25  511139 KUENG Patrick  1984  SUI   1:59.10  17.95
 16  38  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT   1:59.21  19.23
 17  9  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   1:59.23  19.46
 18  8  102271 HUDEC Jan  CAN   1:59.24  19.58
 19  27  530874 GANONG Travis  1988  USA   1:59.32  20.51
 20  19  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   1:59.48  22.37
 21  30  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:59.52  22.84
 22  2  192932 FAYED Guillermo  1985  FRA   1:59.74  25.40
 23  1  533131 SULLIVAN Marco  1980  USA   1:59.75  25.52
 24  42  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   1:59.83  26.45
 24  15  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   1:59.83  26.45
 26  12  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   1:59.89  27.15
 27  34  194190 ROGER Brice  1990  FRA   2:00.05  29.02
 28  39  201606 KEPPLER Stephan  1983  GER   2:00.23  31.12
 29  47  510747 le="font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 9px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, Swiss, SunSans-Regular; background-color: #ffffff; vertical-align: top;">GRUENENFELDER Tobias  1977  SUI   2:00.41  33.21
 30  31  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   2:00.53  34.61
 31  36  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN   2:00.68  36.36
 32  35  511142 LUEOEND Vitus  1984  SUI   2:00.69  36.48
 33  33  194364 PINTURAULT Alexis  1991  FRA   2:00.79  37.64
 34  49  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew  1986  USA   2:00.90  38.92
 35  45  192504 MERMILLOD BLONDIN Thomas  1984  FRA   2:01.13  41.60
 36  6  191591 BERTRAND Yannick  1980  FRA   2:01.57  46.73
 37  28  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   2:01.90  50.58
 38  48  561217 KOSI Klemen  1991  SLO   2:02.12  53.14
 39  46  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO   2:02.16  53.61
 40  50  510997 BERTHOD Marc  1983  SUI   2:02.44  56.87
 41  51  660021 DANILOCHKIN Yuri  1991  BLR   2:02.66  59.43
 42  24  561067 PERKO Rok  1985  SLO   2:02.71  60.02
 43  52  430429 BYDLINSKI Maciej  1988  POL   2:03.10  64.56
Disqualified 1st run
   23  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO     
Did not finish 1st run
   44  400281 VAN HEEK Marvin  1991  NED     
   43  193034 BOUILLOT Alexandre  1985  FRA     
   37  511529 GISIN Marc  1988  SUI     
   32  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA     
   26  533866 NYMAN Steven  1982  USA     
   17  191740 CLAREY Johan  1981  FRA     
   13  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA     
   5  51332 SCHEIBER Florian  1987  AUT   
FIS Points
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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