Third Downhill Crystal Globe in a row for Beat Feuz
Beat Feuz had already secured the Crystal Globe in this discipline before the last Downhill in Kvitfjell, due to the cancellation of the World Cup final in Cortina. In Norway the Swiss athlete finished in fourth place on Saturday. Victory was bagged by HEAD team-mate Matthias Mayer. The Super-G on Sunday had to be cancelled because of poor weather conditions.
Two victories in Beaver Creek and Wengen, three second places in Bormio, Kitzbühel and Saalbach as well as two third places in Lake Louise and Bormio - Beat Feuz scored seven podium finishes in the Downhill this season. The 33-year-old notched up a total of 650 points to secure the Crystal Globe in the Downhill World Cup for the third time in a row.
"I made one or two mistakes today, but that is something you can take in your stride if you have won the Crystal Globe for the discipline. I am delighted with the positive response in Switzerland. My advantage over the past three years has certainly been my consistency," said the Swiss athlete in the finish.
It was Matthias Mayer who stood on top of the Downhill podium in Kvitfjell. For the Austrian athlete it was the fourth victory of the season, his second in the Downhill following his win in Kitzbühel. The 29-year-old finished third overall in the discipline ranking with 424 points. "I put in a pretty good run. It can't be bad if you win," said the HEAD World Cup Rebel.
Sixth place in the last Downhill went to Kjetil Jansrud from Norway and 13th place to Mattia Casse from Italy.
"Perfect result in the Downhill"
"In the end it was a more or less perfect series of wins in the Downhill for us. Five years ago we didn't know how Beat was doing with his knee. Looking back on the last two seasons, it was clear that he is one of the favourites again this season. He is incredibly consistent. Third place overall for Matthias was also awesome considering that he had to miss the race in Garmisch due to illness," explained HEAD Racing Director Rainer Salzgeber. "It's a pity the Super-G had to be cancelled. Matthias was up for it following his victory in the Downhill. But it wasn't meant to be so there is no point in dwelling on it. That's the way it is. We put in an excellent performance in the Super-G this season and won the most important race in Kitzbühel."