KITZBUEHEL, Austria — The weather could not have been much better on Friday for the men’s World Cup super-G in Kitzbuehel, Austria. The first race of the legendary Hahnenkamm weekend was taken by an Austrian as Matthias Mayer managed to claim the win with a time of 1:11.25, a scant 0.09 seconds ahead of Italy’s Christof Innerhofer in second and 0.44 seconds ahead of Swiss racer Beat Feuz in third.

There hasn’t been much to complain about weather-wise in Kitzbuehel thus far and Friday was no exception as crisp, cold air and clear skies lasted all day. The fast, downhill-like set — particularly from the Hausberg to the finish — provided for fast action and tricky racing as a handful of key turns proved to be the deciding factors for the podium finishers.

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KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 20: Christof Innerhofer of Italy takes 2nd place, Matthias Mayer of Austria takes 1st place, Beat Feuz of Switzerland takes 3rd place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Super-G on January 20, 2017 in Kitzbuehel, Austria (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom)
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Mayer claimed his first World Cup win since taking the super-G in Saalbach, Austria, back in 2015 by risking where he could, but staying solid and over his downhill ski in critical sections, especially the infamous traverse before the finish where he was able to hold a high line, carrying critical speed into the Zielschuss. This is also Mayer’s first podium appearance since suffering fractured vertebra last season in Val Gardena, Italy.

“It’s a childhood dream come true, and I feel so happy at the moment,” said the 2014 Olympic downhill champion. “I’ve had a tough season so far. It was not easy for me after my crash last year in Val Gardena. I was fighting very hard. Now, I feel free. I was not thinking at the start. I just tried to push hard and give everything and that’s it at the moment. I’m happy!”

For Innerhofer, even racing this week was up in the air after knee pain due to his crash in the Santa Caterina super-G last month caused him to skip the races in Wengen, Switzerland, last week. Today’s result comes at precisely the right time for the passionate Italian to get his season back on the right track.

“It’s really amazing, what happened in this race,” Innerhofer said. “I crossed the finish line and saw green and I say, ‘Oh, I cannot believe it!’ Every time you think and hope that today I go well and today I go on the podium. I had skied well all the summer, and so I started with a big motivation this season. Then, it was not all great. I crashed in Santa Caterina and said, ‘How will I go on? My shape is not like before.’ Sometimes, it helps to think of nothing. That’s what I did today, and it’s amazing that I can be here on the podium.”

Feuz, being a man of few words, was simply content with his performance and was pleased to find himself on the podium in Kitzbuehel for the third time in his career.

“I have three ‘Gams’ trophies at home now,” he said. “I am certainly not planning to complain about it not being a gold one this time. The Hausbergkante was the deciding section of today’s race.”

The American contingent was led by Travis Ganong in 11th place, who was caught off guard at first by the slick conditions, but was able to refocus and pull together a solid top-15 result.

“It was pretty good, actually,” said Ganong in the finish. “The injection they did last night after they set the course was really rough. I was expecting grippy ice and it was just super slick and rattly and the skis were kind of going away. In the top section, I lost a lot of time just because I was not expecting the skis to feel like that. Once I kind of got my feet underneath me again, it was pretty good through the middle section and the bottom was pretty easy this year, almost as fast as the downhill, actually.”

After Ganong, Andrew Weibrecht finished in 18th place and Steven Nyman leapt from bib 51 to 19th, just behind his teammate. Thomas Biesemeyer, Jared Goldberg, and Brennan Rubie finished just outside the points in 33rd, 34th, and 35th, respectively, with Bryce Bennett finishing in 42nd and Ryan Cochran-Siegle landing in 47th place.

The men now race the Hahnenkamm downhill on Jan. 21, followed by slalom on Sunday.

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Top 10

  1. Matthias Mayer (AUT) – Head/Head/Head
  2. Christof Innerhofer (ITA) – Rossignol/Rossignol/Look
  3. Beat Feuz (SUI) – Head/Head/Head
  4. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  5. Max Franz (AUT) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  6. Dominik Paris (ITA) – Nordica/Nordica/Marker
  7. Peter Fill (ITA) – Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  8. Josef Ferstl (GER) – Head/Head/Head
  9. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) – Head/Head/Head
  10. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) – Head/Head/Head

Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationTotal TimeDiff.FIS PointsWC Points
 1 13 53902MAYER Matthias1990AUT 1:11.25 0.00 100.00
 2 8 293006INNERHOFER Christof1984ITA 1:11.34 +0.09 1.36 80.00
 3 3 511383FEUZ Beat1987SUI 1:11.69 +0.44 6.67 60.00
 4 7 422139KILDE Aleksander Aamodt1992NOR 1:11.71 +0.46 6.97 50.00
 5 20 53817FRANZ Max1989AUT 1:11.84 +0.59 8.94 45.00
 6 11 291459PARIS Dominik1989ITA 1:12.04 +0.79 11.97 40.00
 7 12 292455FILL Peter1982ITA 1:12.09 +0.84 12.73 36.00
 8 22 202059FERSTL Josef1988GER 1:12.15 +0.90 13.64 32.00
 9 9 421483JANSRUD Kjetil1985NOR 1:12.17 +0.92 13.95 29.00
 10 18 194364PINTURAULT Alexis1991FRA 1:12.27 +1.02 15.46 26.00
 11 14 530874GANONG Travis1988USA 1:12.30 +1.05 15.92 24.00
 12 19 511313JANKA Carlo1986SUI 1:12.41 +1.16 17.58 22.00
 13 15 53980KRIECHMAYR Vincent1991AUT 1:12.54 +1.29 19.55 20.00
 14 47 102899OSBORNE-PARADIS Manuel1984CAN 1:12.59 +1.34 20.31 18.00
 15 28 51215BAUMANN Romed1986AUT 1:12.61 +1.36 20.61 16.00
 16 24 194298GIEZENDANNER Blaise1991FRA 1:12.68 +1.43 21.68 15.00
 17 6 192746THEAUX Adrien1984FRA 1:12.71 +1.46 22.13 14.00
 18 10 530939WEIBRECHT Andrew1986USA 1:12.84 +1.59 24.10 13.00
 19 51 533866NYMAN Steven1982USA 1:12.87 +1.62 24.56 12.00
 20 2 102263GUAY Erik1981CAN 1:12.89 +1.64 24.86 11.00
 21 30 511513CAVIEZEL Mauro1988SUI 1:12.90 +1.65 25.01 10.00
 22 16 561216KLINE Bostjan1991SLO 1:12.93 +1.68 25.47 9.00
 23 61 191964POISSON David1982FRA 1:13.03 +1.78 26.98 8.00
 24 4 53831HIRSCHER Marcel1989AUT 1:13.05 +1.80 27.28 7.00
 25 21 511981WEBER Ralph1993SUI 1:13.06 +1.81 27.44 6.00
 26 39 54009WALDER Christian1991AUT 1:13.09 +1.84 27.89 5.00
 27 54 990116DE ALIPRANDINI Luca1990ITA 1:13.10 +1.85 28.04 4.00
 28 31 6290985BUZZI Emanuele1994ITA 1:13.25 +2.00 30.32 3.00
 28 1 200379SANDER Andreas1989GER 1:13.25 +2.00 30.32 3.00
 30 37 54005STRIEDINGER Otmar1991AUT 1:13.33 +2.08 31.53 1.00
 30 33 511139KUENG Patrick1984SUI 1:13.33 +2.08 31.53 1.00
 32 41 194542GIRAUD MOINE Valentin1992FRA 1:13.41 +2.16 32.74
 33 23 531452BIESEMEYER Thomas1989USA 1:13.53 +2.28 34.56
 34 45 934643GOLDBERG Jared1991USA 1:13.58 +2.33 35.32
 35 46 934568RUBIE Brennan1991USA 1:13.61 +2.36 35.77
 36 34 561217KOSI Klemen1991SLO 1:13.62 +2.37 35.92
 37 38 54157DANKLMAIER Daniel1993AUT 1:13.67 +2.42 36.68
 38 48 6291029BATTILANI Henri1994ITA 1:13.73 +2.48 37.59
 39 35 54080NEUMAYER Christopher1992AUT 1:13.76 +2.51 38.05
 40 56 202345SCHWAIGER Dominik1991GER 1:13.80 +2.55 38.65
 41 42 501987MONSEN Felix1994SWE 1:13.89 +2.64 40.02
 42 59 6530104BENNETT Bryce1992USA 1:14.09 +2.84 43.05
 43 27 102271HUDEC Jan1981CZE 1:14.19 +2.94 44.56
 44 60 180570ROMAR Andreas1989FIN 1:14.21 +2.96 44.87
 44 32 103762WERRY Tyler1991CAN 1:14.21 +2.96 44.87
 46 52 104096THOMPSON Broderick1994CAN 1:14.31 +3.06 46.38
 47 57 6530319COCHRAN-SIEGLE Ryan1992USA 1:14.33 +3.08 46.69
 48 43 512031BARANDUN Gian Luca1994SUI 1:14.34 +3.09 46.84
 49 49 294904PANGRAZZI Paolo1988ITA 1:14.72 +3.47 52.60
 50 62 700879ZAMPA Andreas1993SVK 1:14.77 +3.52 53.36
 51 44 512124HINTERMANN Niels1995SUI 1:15.12 +3.87 58.66
 52 53 20324OLIVERAS Marc1991AND 1:15.96 +4.71 71.39
 53 63 460071ACHIRILOAIE Ioan Valeriu1990ROU 1:17.82 +6.57 99.59
Disqualified 1st run
 5 50742REICHELT Hannes1980AUT
Did not finish 1st run
 58 561214DEBELAK Tilen1991SLO
 55 6290393CAZZANIGA Davide1992ITA
 50 512042KRYENBUEHL Urs1994SUI
 40 202535DRESSEN Thomas1993GER
 36 561255CATER Martin1992SLO
 29 990081CASSE Mattia1990ITA
 26 422310SEJERSTED Adrian Smiseth1994NOR
 25 194190ROGER Brice1990FRA
 17 100558COOK Dustin1989CAN