Kriechmayr adds World Cup downhill win to world title


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SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM, Austria (AFP) – Vincent Krishmeyer ended a two-year drought on the slopes of the Men’s World Cup with a win on Saturday, three weeks after winning the world title in discipline.

Wearing the # 1 pip, the Austrian opened the race at Schneekristall with an almost flawless ride.

Kriechmayr found the fastest streak to come out of the starting gate, with most of his competitors being a few tenths of a second behind in the first division.

Downhill season leader Pete Fuse came closest but the Swiss skater finished 0.17 points clear of the lead.

“You could always do better, but it was a good run,” Krishmaier said. “I followed the right tactics at the start and can hold my pace in the midsection.”

Last month, Kriechmayr became the first skater to win both the Slopes and Super G golds at the World Championships since American Bode Miller did it in 2005.

“I wanted to win a ramp on the World Cup circuit again to show everyone that I am not a world champion by chance,” Krishmeyer said.

The Austrian has two previous wins on the slopes at the World Cup but not a single win since his victory in Wengen, Switzerland, in January 2019.

Austria’s Matthias Mayer also trailed 0.27 in third.


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