Fisher wins twice against stacked downhill field


Fisher training at the Copper Speed Center (credit: Susan Theis)

Fisher training at the Copper Speed Center (credit: Claire Brown)

The Copper Mountain Speed Center, which has played host to the U.S. Ski Team and a select group of internationals since its opening on Nov. 1, held the first FIS downhill races of the 2013/14 season in North America today (Nov. 9) with a stacked World Cup-caliber field. The U.S. Ski Team’s Erik Fisher won both the morning and afternoon races under clear skies with little wind after clocking a time just over a minute and a half down the speed track.

In the morning race, Austria’s Matthias Mayer was second while his teammate Georg Streitberger and American Marco Sullivan tied for third. The next North American to place after the string of Austrians succeeding Sullivan was Travis Ganong in seventh. Manny Osborne-Paradis was the top Canadian in ninth, and his younger teammate Morgan Pridy followed closely on his heels in tenth.

In the afternoon, Utah native Steven Nyman turned up the jets and claimed second while Austria’s Georg Streitberger showed consistency by once again placing third. American Tommy Biesemeyer cruised into seventh from bib 27, knocking his teammate Sullivan back to ninth. Just two hundredths pushed Osborne-Paradis into 10th, one spot back from his result in the earlier race.

Andrew Weibrecht, who won the sole training run preceding the races, could not capitalize on his speed under the gun and placed 11th and 22nd. World Cup podium regular Klaus Kroell of Austria, who underwent a second arm surgery early last month, was sixth in the morning and 12th in the afternoon. The fastest junior in both races was Canadian development team member Chris Steinke, who had two top-30 results in 21st and 28th.

 

Top 30 U.S. Ski Team FIS Series men’s DH #1

 1  18  534939 FISHER Erik 1985 USA  1:36.92  9.00
 2  9  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:37.02  10.41
 3  15  533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA  1:37.15  12.25
 3  1  50858 STREITBERGER Georg 1981 AUT  1:37.15  12.25
 5  2  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:37.19  12.82
 6  10  50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT  1:37.23  13.38
 7  4  530874 GANONG Travis 1988 USA  1:37.26  13.81
 8  8  532431 MILLER Bode 1977 USA  1:37.56  18.05
 9  6  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:37.64  19.18
 10  20  103612 PRIDY Morgan 1990 CAN  1:37.71  20.17
 11  5  53981 KROELL Johannes 1991 AUT  1:37.75  20.73
 12  24  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:37.76  20.87
 13  34  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:37.80  21.44
 14  16  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:37.83  21.86
 15  28  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:37.85  22.15
 16  25  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA  1:37.90  22.85
 17  7  934518 DANIELS Nick 1991 USA  1:37.92  23.14
 18  13  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  1:37.94  23.42
 19  26  6530104 BENNETT Bryce 1992 USA  1:38.06  25.11
 20  19  53936 DUERAGER Markus 1990 AUT  1:38.21  27.23
 21  11  103512 FRISCH Jeffrey 1984 CAN  1:38.27  28.08
 22  33  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:38.33  28.93
 23  17  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:38.42  30.20
 24  12  51327 PUCHNER Joachim 1987 AUT  1:38.55  32.04
 25  3  53968 BERTHOLD Frederic 1991 AUT  1:38.77  35.15
 26  14  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:38.80  35.57
 27  22  103385 PRIDY Conrad 1988 CAN  1:38.94  37.55
 28  42  104023 STEINKE Chris 1993 CAN  1:39.14  40.38
 29  23  501439 HEDIN Douglas 1990 SWE  1:39.16  40.66
 30  58  958402 TRAVERS Dean 1996 CAY  1:39.45  44.76

 

Top 30 U.S. Ski Team FIS Series men’s DH #2

 1  18  534939 FISHER Erik 1985 USA  1:37.10  9.00
 2  8  533866 NYMAN Steven 1982 USA  1:37.31  11.96
 3  3  50858 STREITBERGER Georg 1981 AUT  1:37.55  15.35
 4  13  53902 MAYER Matthias 1990 AUT  1:37.91  20.43
 5  17  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar 1991 AUT  1:37.93  20.71
 6  15  53817 FRANZ Max 1989 AUT  1:37.95  20.99
 7  27  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas 1989 USA  1:38.02  21.98
 8  34  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko 1986 CRO  1:38.07  22.69
 9  4  533131 SULLIVAN Marco 1980 USA  1:38.16  23.96
 10  1  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel 1984 CAN  1:38.18  24.24
 11  33  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew 1986 USA  1:38.50  28.75
 12  12  50753 KROELL Klaus 1980 AUT  1:38.54  29.32
 13  24  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin 1987 CAN  1:38.63  30.59
 14  9  53968 BERTHOLD Frederic 1991 AUT  1:38.72  31.86
 15  10  53981 KROELL Johannes 1991 AUT  1:38.80  32.99
 16  20  103612 PRIDY Morgan 1990 CAN  1:38.87  33.97
 17  5  51215 BAUMANN Romed 1986 AUT  1:38.94  34.96
 18  22  103385 PRIDY Conrad 1988 CAN  1:38.97  35.38
 19  6  532431 MILLER Bode 1977 USA  1:38.99  35.67
 20  25  930024 MAPLE Wiley 1990 USA  1:39.20  38.63
 21  42  104023 STEINKE Chris 1993 CAN  1:39.27  39.62
 22  28  53980 KRIECHMAYR Vincent 1991 AUT  1:39.45  42.16
 23  11  51327 PUCHNER Joachim 1987 AUT  1:39.51  43.00
 24  19  53936 DUERAGER Markus 1990 AUT  1:39.55  43.57
 25  7  934518 DANIELS Nick 1991 USA  1:39.58  43.99
 26  2  103512 FRISCH Jeffrey 1984 CAN  1:39.66  45.12
 27  31  100558 COOK Dustin 1989 CAN  1:40.12  51.61
 28  16  934643 GOLDBERG Jared 1991 USA  1:40.55  57.68
 29  39  104015 SCHUESSLER BEDARD William 1993 CAN  1:40.59  58.24
 30  46  6530952 BERLACK Ronald 1994 USA  1:40.66  59.23
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