Ben Thomsen scores his first World Cup podium
Ben Thomsen is on a charge. Just over a year ago, the young Canadian was scoring his first World Cup points with sixteenth in Val Gardena. The Sochi World Cup downhill saw the HEAD World Cup Rebel add more respect to his growing reputation with second place behind the birthday boy Beat Feuz. Thomsen is on a charge especially after placing fifth in Chamonix last time out in the Downhill from a start number of 50.
Thomsen is earning the plaudits in the right way: He lets his skiing do the talking. With the Olympics in just two years time, Thomsen is moving in the right direction and this result will help even more. Starting in the top thirty for the first time in his World Cup Downhill career, Thomsen has always had World Cup dreams: his father is a ski coach and he said after the race of the result “It's a dream. The World Cup has always been my passion!” Thomsen’s coach, Johnno McBride knew that Thomsen could be competitive if he attacked the top of the course. Mid way down the course, he had to back off to make a gate yet the Canadian, who now has the right to call himself a “Canadian Cowboy” for having scored a World Cup Podium, was still trying to take in his meteoric rise up the rankings.
With most of the racers racing the course that will host the Olympics in two years time for the first time, many came away with positive comments, even if some thought that it was a bit too tight at the top. This is promised to be changed, the organisers have said.
With Bode Miller taking a fighting fourth, just two hundredths off the podium, a small mistake cost him dear. Miller carried the green leader light through the first two timing intervals before his skis hooked up on the middle of the course forcing him to dump speed coming into the jump section.
With Thomsen’s excellent result and Miller pushing to the extreme’s, the future is bright and positive, especially when looking at the Olympic events. Kjetil Jansrud placed seventh to make his best World Cup downhill result of his career. The welcome that Miller and the rest of the World Cup rebels have received in Sochi has been very welcoming.
With two races left in the World Cup Downhill season, Didier Cuche has a 30 point lead in the standings as he chases a fifth Downhill Globe.
1. Beat Feuz (SUI)
2. Ben Thomsen (CAN) HEAD
3. Adrien Theaux (FRA)
4. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD
7. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
12. Didier Cuche (SUI) HEAD
13. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
22. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
27. Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD