It was a perfect Scandinavian winter day as sunshine bathed the men’s downhill course in Kvitfjell, Norway, on Friday as Slovenia’s Bostjan Kline claimed the first World Cup victory of his career with a time of 1:29.20 seconds in the replacement race for the cancelled Lake Louise downhill last November. Austria’s Matthias Mayer finished in second place, 0.19 seconds back and Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud gave the home fans something to cheer about, finishing 0.20 seconds back in third.

After high winds in the morning on the upper portion of the course forced organizers to lower the start to the reserve start, racing action got underway at 11:15 am CET. Running early with bib four, Kline took advantage of the fresh course and skied clean and powerful down the sprint downhill and never relinquished the lead despite a few close challengers. Jansrud looked to have locked up the runner-up spot before Mayer, with bib 18, managed so slide just one-hundredth of a second ahead of the hometown hero for second, bumping Jansrud to third.

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Kline has admittedly struggled with his confidence as of late and even raced a few lower-level FIS races after World Championships to try and get back on the right track. Needless to day, with Friday’s win, the Slovenian now looks to finish the season strong.

“It feels good,” Kline said. “The whole season I knew that I can ski good, that I can ski fast. You know, I just had to be patient and today, everything came together with the skiing, the start routine, warmup and everything. It was ups and downs during this season. Hot and cold. There were things that were really good but I had some mistakes in my runs but now it was good.”

KVITFJELL,NORWAY,24.FEB.17 - ALPINE SKIING - FIS World Cup, downhill, men. Image shows the rejoicing of Matthias Mayer (AUT). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Matic Klansek
Photo: GEPA pictures/ Matic Klansek

Friday’s result is Mayer’s second World Cup podium since the 2014 Olympic downhill champion broke his back at last season’s Val Gardena downhill. Mayer also won the Kitzbuehel super-G in January.

“I really needed the time in downhill to give everything, to risk everything,” Mayer explained. “If you don’t do that, you can’t be on the podium. I’m very happy about my run today because it feels great to be back with these guys, to be one of the fastest here.”

Being somewhat of a Kvitfjell native, growing up just north of the 1994 Olympic venue, it is always special for Jansrud to make it on the podium in front of family and friends, especially given his bout with sickness at World Championships earlier this month.

“It felt good,” he said in the finish. “It’s home field advantage so you kind of wanna win, but today was a tight race and third place is good and that makes it even better when you look at the overall (downhill title) and I grab the red jersey back, which is always a good thing even though it’s still very tight between Fill and I, it’s a good start to the week. I feel much better, the biggest thing is I had bronchitis in the World Champs. Now that’s way better, now I don’t have any problems.”

Canada’s Erik Guay and Manuel Osborne-Paradis managed to finish back-to-back in fourth and fifth place, respectively, as the veteran duo seems to be building on their World Championships momentum.

For the Americans, Travis Ganong led the way with an eighth-place finish. Jared Goldberg clocked in a solid 14th place as Bryce Bennett and Andrew Weibrecht rounded out the points scorers in 27th and 30th, respectively. Brennan Rubie finished 43 in his first World Cup downhill start and Thomas Biesemeyer finished 49th.

There were several other impressive performances on Friday as Germany’s Thomas Dressen charged from bib 48 to finish sixth, Swiss racer Mauro Caviezel went from 39th to 10th, and Austrian Christian Walder managed to finish in 13th from bib 37. Canadian Broderick Thompson took a scary crash as he was entering the lower section of the course but was able to ski down under his own power.

The men now race a second downhill in Kvitfjell on Saturday, Feb. 25.

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Top 10

  1. Bostjan Kline (SLO) – Stoeckli/Head/Atomic
  2. Matthias Mayer (AUT) – Head/Head/Head
  3. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
  4. Erik Guay (CAN) – Head/Head/Head
  5. Manuel Osborne-Paradis (CAN) – Head/Head/Head
  6. Thomas Dressen (GER) – Rossignol/Lange/Look
  7. Beat Feuz (SUI) – Head/Head/Head
  8. Travis Ganong (USA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  9. Hannes Reichelt (AUT) – Salomon/Salomon/Salomon
  10. Mauro Caviezel (SUI) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationTotal TimeDiff.FIS PointsWC Points
 1 4 561216KLINE Bostjan1991SLO 1:29.20 0.00 100.00
 2 18 53902MAYER Matthias1990AUT 1:29.39 +0.19 2.66 80.00
 3 9 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR 1:29.40 +0.20 2.80 60.00
 4 7 102263GUAY Erik1981CAN 1:29.45 +0.25 3.50 50.00
 5 12 102899OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel1984CAN 1:29.54 +0.34 4.76 45.00
 6 48 202535DRESSEN Thomas1993GER 1:29.58 +0.38 5.33 40.00
 7 17 511383FEUZ Beat1987SUI 1:29.61 +0.41 5.75 36.00
 8 5 530874GANONG Travis1988USA 1:29.63 +0.43 6.03 32.00
 9 11 50742REICHELT Hannes1980AUT 1:29.80 +0.60 8.41 29.00
 10 39 511513CAVIEZEL Mauro1988SUI 1:29.82 +0.62 8.69 26.00
 11 13 291459PARIS Dominik1989ITA 1:29.86 +0.66 9.25 24.00
 12 2 422139KILDE Aleksander Aamodt1992NOR 1:29.92 +0.72 10.09 22.00
 13 37 54009WALDER Christian1991AUT 1:29.99 +0.79 11.07 20.00
 14 24 934643GOLDBERG Jared1991USA 1:30.01 +0.81 11.35 18.00
 15 3 511313JANKA Carlo1986SUI 1:30.03 +0.83 11.63 16.00
 16 15 292455FILL Peter1982ITA 1:30.04 +0.84 11.77 15.00
 17 23 202059FERSTL Josef1988GER 1:30.05 +0.85 11.91 14.00
 17 20 200379SANDER Andreas1989GER 1:30.05 +0.85 11.91 14.00
 19 35 53968BERTHOLD Frederic1991AUT 1:30.09 +0.89 12.47 12.00
 20 21 50753KROELL Klaus1980AUT 1:30.12 +0.92 12.89 11.00
 21 14 192932FAYED Guillermo1985FRA 1:30.20 +1.00 14.01 10.00
 22 19 192746THEAUX Adrien1984FRA 1:30.24 +1.04 14.57 9.00
 23 8 53980KRIECHMAYR Vincent1991AUT 1:30.25 +1.05 14.71 8.00
 23 6 53817FRANZ Max1989AUT 1:30.25 +1.05 14.71 8.00
 25 52 292514HEEL Werner1982ITA 1:30.26 +1.06 14.85 6.00
 26 10 51215BAUMANN Romed1986AUT 1:30.30 +1.10 15.41 5.00
 27 41 512124HINTERMANN Niels1995SUI 1:30.53 +1.33 18.64 4.00
 27 22 6530104BENNETT Bryce1992USA 1:30.53 +1.33 18.64 4.00
 29 45 561255CATER Martin1992SLO 1:30.54 +1.34 18.78 2.00
 30 27 530939WEIBRECHT Andrew1986USA 1:30.59 +1.39 19.48 1.00
 31 57 422483THORSEN Alexander Sannes1996NOR 1:30.64 +1.44 20.18
 32 42 512042KRYENBUEHL Urs1994SUI 1:30.70 +1.50 21.02
 33 36 194368RAFFORT Nicolas1991FRA 1:30.74 +1.54 21.58
 34 16 191740CLAREY Johan1981FRA 1:30.76 +1.56 21.86
 35 1 511139KUENG Patrick1984SUI 1:30.78 +1.58 22.14
 36 34 511981WEBER Ralph1993SUI 1:30.82 +1.62 22.70
 37 32 512039ROULIN Gilles1994SUI 1:30.85 +1.65 23.12
 38 50 422120SAUGESTAD Stian1992NOR 1:30.88 +1.68 23.54
 39 30 191964POISSON David1982FRA 1:30.89 +1.69 23.68
 40 40 561217KOSI Klemen1991SLO 1:30.91 +1.71 23.96
 41 43 561067PERKO Rok1985SLO 1:31.00 +1.80 25.22
 42 54 501987MONSEN Felix1994SWE 1:31.06 +1.86 26.07
 43 60 934568RUBIE Brennan1991USA 1:31.07 +1.87 26.21
 44 28 54005STRIEDINGER Otmar1991AUT 1:31.08 +1.88 26.35
 45 46 180570ROMAR Andreas1989FIN 1:31.13 +1.93 27.05
 46 31 511847MANI Nils1992SUI 1:31.17 +1.97 27.61
 47 56 6290845BOSCA Guglielmo1993ITA 1:31.18 +1.98 27.75
 48 25 194167MUZATON Maxence1990FRA 1:31.19 +1.99 27.89
 49 44 531452BIESEMEYER Thomas1989USA 1:31.31 +2.11 29.57
 50 29 194298GIEZENDANNER Blaise1991FRA 1:31.35 +2.15 30.13
 51 51 6290540DE VETTORI Matteo1993ITA 1:31.38 +2.18 30.55
 52 47 102271HUDEC Jan1981CZE 1:31.62 +2.42 33.91
 53 55 110324VON APPEN Henrik1994CHI 1:31.63 +2.43 34.05
 54 33 6290985BUZZI Emanuele1994ITA 1:32.10 +2.90 40.64
 55 59 380341ULLRICH Max1994CRO 1:32.41 +3.21 44.98
 56 58 100558COOK Dustin1989CAN 1:32.55 +3.35 46.95
 57 53 54209KRENN Christoph1994AUT 1:32.82 +3.62 50.73
 58 61 170159VORRE Marcus1998DEN 1:34.88 +5.68 79.60
Did not finish 1st run
 49 104096THOMPSON Broderick1994CAN
 38 103512FRISCH Jeffrey1984CAN
 26 194190ROGER Brice1990FRA