Innerhofer tallies downhill win at Beaver Creek


With a couple of finishes back in the twenties last weekend in Lake Louise, Italian Christof Innerhofer flew a bit under the radar at Beaver Creek in America’s only downhill today (Nov. 30). The Birds of Prey course had seen a huge amount of traffic over three days of training runs and had developed enough rough spots to take out two of the first five racers. Innerhofer, however, has had the bulk of his success on difficult, icy tracks and he embraced the challenge putting down a run in the ninth bib that stood out immediately as being fast.

Aksel Lund Svindal locked down the downhill tour lead having made some last second alterations to his planned line and despite a series of errors found speed in surprising spots on course to take second. Kjetil Jansrud, the only other Norwegian beside Svindal in the field, also made the podium, his third scored at Beaver Creek, but just the second he’s ever recorded in downhill.

“I am so happy,” said Innerhofer a triple medalist at last season’s World Championships. “I’ve never been in the top ten here at Beaver Creek so this is unbelievable to me. It is so crazy because my back problems kept me from training until September so my training was very little”

Svindal knew Innerhofer was going to be tough to beat and skied a bit too close to the edge. “I wasn’t very clean,” he said, “but I compensated by going hard. … All I know is that I need to try to be fast. I try not to change (my plan) but it’s hard not to when someone has been fast. You know you need to take the risk but be clean the whole way down.”

The Americans got 16th from Travis Ganong, Marco Sullivan in 18th and Ted Ligety just missed points in 31st. The Candians had Erik Guay in 15th, Ben Thomsen tied Ganong, Jan Hudec was 24th and Manuel Osborne-Paradis also scored in 28th.

Jansrud said the course at Beaver Creek is “some of the hardest two minutes of work on the tour,” and said he is still working to get his equipment dialed in the way he wants.

“I  had a couple of problems with equipment in the training yesterday. It was better today but I still have a few places that felt strange.”

After a dazzling fourth in training Ganong was still happy with scoring points with his team leading 16th. “I’m definitely happy with my result today. Last week in Lake Louise was tough so it’s good to be in the points. I know I made a bunch of mistakes and I’m still competitive with those mistakes. I know when I have a mistake free run I’ll probably be right up there.”

He said his mistakes included getting tossed on the brink and then getting “squashed” in the pump house.

Sullivan was also happy considering. “It was an obviously tight race today. I had one bobble in the middle coming around the corner before Screech Owl there and that killed my speed for the flat. I was about 1.4 out I think, so with that mistake I had I can’t be too disappointed with that.”

Gepa photo

The SCOOP
by Hank McKee
Men’s World Cup Downhill, Beaver Creek, USA, Nov. 30, 2012
Equipment

Skier, skis/boots/bindings
1 Innerhofer, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
2 Svindal, Head/Head/Head
3 Jansrud, Head/Head/Head
4 Scheiber, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
5 Paris, Nordica/Nordica/Marker
6 Streitberger, Head/Head/Head
7 Clarey, Head/Head/Head
8 Fill, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
9 Kroell, Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
10 Defago, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

Men’s World Cup Downhill, Beaver Creek, USA, Nov. 30, 2012. … It is the ninth race of the 74 race 2012-13 World Cup season. … The fifth of the 36 race men’s schedule and the second of nine slated downhills. … It is the 48th Cup race hosted at Beaver Creek. … the 17th downhill.

It is the fourth career World Cup victory for Christof Innerhofer and his second in downhill the previous coming at Bormio Dec. 28, 2008. … He had previously been fourth at Beaver Creek twice, in super G Dec. 4, 2010 and Dec. 6, 2008 also in super G.

It is the 44th career World Cup podium placing for Aksel Lund Svindal. … his 13th in downhill and his second in downhill this season having won the opener in Lake Louise. … It is his 27th Cup score at Beaver Creek and his ninth podium at the site.

It is the 11th career Cup podium for Kjetil Jansrud and his second in downhill, the other a second place finish at Kvitfjell March 3, 2012. … It is his third podium score at Beaver Creek, though he has also been fourth three times at the site.

Erik Guay matches his third best DH result at Beaver Creek. … It is the third best career Cup result for Travis Ganong and his first score at Beaver Creek. … Ben Thomsen matches his sixth best (of 12) World Cup placing. … Marco Sullivan matches his 34th best Cup result. … It is his fourth best career finish at Beaver Creek. … It is the fifth best of six Cup results at Beaver Creek for Jan Hudec. … Manuel Osborne-Paradis matches his fourth best finish at Beaver Creek.

Svindal has control of the World Cup Overall Standings 280-170 over Ted Ligety (31st in race). … Marcel Hirscher (did not race) is third with 140pts. … Guay is the top Canadian in 13th place with 80pts. … Svindal leads the downhill standings 180-104 over Innerhofer and Jansrud and Klaus Kroell are tied for third with 89pts. … Marco Sullivan is the top American on the downhill chart in eighth with 73pts. … Guay the top Canadian in 11th with 56pts. … Austria leads the men’s Nations Cup 898-596 over Italy. … Norway is third with 443pts. …The US is fifth with 317pts and Canada seventh with 185pts.

Beaver Creek (USA)
FIS World Cup
Men’s Downhill
Nov. 30, 2012

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Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time FIS Points
 1  9  293006 INNERHOFER Christof  1984  ITA   1:41.69  0.00
 2  18  421328 SVINDAL Aksel Lund  1982  NOR   1:41.92  3.10
 3  14  421483 JANSRUD Kjetil  1985  NOR   1:42.19  6.74
 4  42  51332 SCHEIBER Florian  1987  AUT   1:42.29  8.08
 5  15  291459 PARIS Dominik  1989  ITA   1:42.54  11.45
 6  6  50858 STREITBERGER Georg  1981  AUT   1:42.56  11.72
 7  19  191740 CLAREY Johan  1981  FRA   1:42.58  11.99
 8  7  292455 FILL Peter  1982  ITA   1:42.62  12.53
 9  21  50753 KROELL Klaus  1980  AUT   1:42.70  13.61
 10  8  510727 DEFAGO Didier  1977  SUI   1:42.74  14.15
 11  13  511313 JANKA Carlo  1986  SUI   1:42.77  14.55
 12  2  192932 FAYED Guillermo  1985  FRA   1:42.79  14.82
 13  27  511139 KUENG Patrick  1984  SUI   1:42.91  16.44
 14  12  51327 PUCHNER Joachim  1987  AUT   1:43.05  18.32
 15  17  102263 GUAY Erik  1981  CAN   1:43.06  18.46
 16  23  530874 GANONG Travis  1988  USA   1:43.07  18.59
 16  11  103271 THOMSEN Benjamin  1987  CAN   1:43.07  18.59
 18  31  533131 SULLIVAN Marco  1980  USA   1:43.15  19.67
 19  16  51215 BAUMANN Romed  1986  AUT   1:43.16  19.80
 20  32  380260 KOSTELIC Ivica  1979  CRO   1:43.18  20.07
 21  39  53902 MAYER Matthias  1990  AUT   1:43.19  20.21
 22  29  294277 KLOTZ Siegmar  1987  ITA   1:43.20  20.34
 23  30  560447 SPORN Andrej  1981  SLO   1:43.22  20.61
 24  20  50742 REICHELT Hannes  1980  AUT   1:43.30  21.69
 24  10  102271 HUDEC Jan  1981  CAN   1:43.30  21.69
 26  22  192746 THEAUX Adrien  1984  FRA   1:43.32  21.96
 27  38  561067 PERKO Rok  1985  SLO   1:43.43  23.44
 28  43  102899 OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel  1984  CAN   1:43.45  23.71
 28  41  200379 SANDER Andreas  1989  GER   1:43.45  23.71
 30  24  180570 ROMAR Andreas  1989  FIN   1:43.51  24.52
 31  33  534562 LIGETY Ted  1984  USA   1:43.61  25.87
 32  65  511352 VILETTA Sandro  1986  SUI   1:43.66  26.54
 33  45  533866 NYMAN Steven  1982  USA   1:43.71  27.21
 34  40  202059 FERSTL Josef  1988  GER   1:43.74  27.62
 35  28  201606 KEPPLER Stephan  1983  GER   1:43.78  28.16
 36  37  511142 LUEOEND Vitus  1984  SUI   1:43.82  28.70
 37  63  530939 WEIBRECHT Andrew  1986  USA   1:43.83  28.83
 38  55  292514 HEEL Werner  1982  ITA   1:43.84  28.97
 39  44  6530319 COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan  1992  USA   1:44.00  31.12
 40  51  193034 BOUILLOT Alexandre  1985  FRA   1:44.08  32.20
 40  4  191591 BERTRAND Yannick  1980  FRA   1:44.08  32.20
 42  58  400281 VAN HEEK Marvin  1991  NED   1:44.12  32.74
 42  50  194190 ROGER Brice  1990  FRA   1:44.12  32.74
 44  48  293550 MARSAGLIA Matteo  1985  ITA   1:44.15  33.14
 45  25  510890 ZURBRIGGEN Silvan  1981  SUI   1:44.32  35.43
 46  54  561216 KLINE Bostjan  1991  SLO   1:44.41  36.64
 47  49  511634 SPESCHA Christian  1989  SUI   1:44.70  40.55
 47  1  511529 GISIN Marc  1988  SUI   1:44.70  40.55
 49  47  103385 PRIDY Conrad  1988  CAN   1:44.83  42.30
 50  52  930024 MAPLE Wiley  1990   1:44.90  43.25
 51  56  501439 HEDIN Douglas  1990  SWE   1:44.96  44.05
 52  46  53968 BERTHOLD Frederic  1991  AUT   1:44.99  44.46
 53  61  481705 GLEBOV Alexander  1983  RUS   1:45.05  45.27
 54  62  380292 ZRNCIC-DIM Natko  1986  CRO   1:45.22  47.56
 55  64  220874 BALDWIN TJ  1990  GBR   1:45.41  50.12
 56  53  54005 STRIEDINGER Otmar  1991  AUT   1:45.78  55.10
 57  59  531452 BIESEMEYER Thomas  1989  USA   1:45.81  55.51
 58  35  102873 KUCERA John  1984  CAN   1:47.01  71.67
Did not finish 1st run
   66  103512 FRISCH Jeffrey  1984  CAN     
   60  491129 TERRA Ferran  1987  SPA     
   57  510747 GRUENENFELDER Tobias  1977  SUI     
   36  53981 KROELL Johannes  1991  AUT     
   34  560332 JERMAN Andrej  1978  SLO     
   26  191964 POISSON David  1982  FRA     
   5  201811 STECHERT Tobias  1985  GER     
   3  53817 FRANZ Max  1989  AUT   
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