Gold and Silver for HEAD World Cup Rebels in World Championship downhill
Beat Feuz delivered the Gold and Erik Guay the silver as the HEAD World Cup Rebels delivered another stunning speed display
Beat Feuz secured gold number 3 for the Head World Cup Rebels with victory in the men’s downhill. Fellow HEAD World Cup Rebel, Erik Guay was also on the podium as he grabbed silver, with Kjetil Jansrud narrowly missing out on another medal in joint fourth missing out on bronze by two hundredths of a second..
The men’s race was scheduled to be staged on Saturday but was postponed to Sunday due to lingering fog. For the rescheduled race the start was lowered to the combined start area, yet again due to the fog. This meant there was no iconic "Free Fall" start for this year’s downhill.
Feuz admitted he was aware of the “huge pressure” on him to win in front of his home fans and “couldn’t get away from the media attention” surrounding him in the lead up. Feuz had a flawless run and took the lead from fellow Rebel Jansrud at the time. Despite winning the race, Feuz admitted he did not have a “perfect run” and would have preferred to have started from the top to take on "Free Fall". Feuz confessed he is not “quickest starter” and the speed generated from the start from "Free Fall" would have helped him gain speed quickly. Nonetheless he was ecstatic with his Downhill World title.
Guay had already taken the Super G World title and was gunning for a second win in a week. He was tight on Feuz on most the split times and gained momentum at the bottom of the course. In the end, he finished 0.12 seconds behind Feuz. Guay confessed to heaping a lot of pressure on himself before the World Championships, because “I knew I could ski well in St.Moritz.” After two medals, he was “proud” to live up to his own expectations. Guay also took time to congratulate fellow Rebel Feuz, saying he had “a lot more pressure than anyone else” to win.
There was nearly a second medal for Jansrud, but he narrowly missed the podium by a couple of hundredths. He said he felt his run “had medal potential” after he crossed the line but wasn’t sure where he would finish. In the end, he was pleased with his performance because he gave his all despite suffering a bit of illness in the lead up to the race.
Mathias Mayer was very happy with his performance on the top section of the course, saying “I was really fast on the top three splits,” but admitted it was such a tight race that a few mistakes cost him an improved result. He finished in 11th place.
There were 14 HEAD World Cup Rebels competing in the St Moritz downhill, with nine racers finishing in the top 30.
On winning in front of his home crowd, Feuz simply said it was “unbelievable”.
World Champion Beat Feuz (SUI) HEAD
Silver Erik Guay (CAN) HEAD
3 Max Franz
4 Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
11 Mathias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
14 Guillermo Fayed (FRA) HEAD
16 Josef Ferstl (GER) HEAD
18 Jared Goldberg (USA) HEAD
20 Mattia Casse (ITA) HEAD
25 Adrien Theaux (FRA) HEAD