Two First Time Wins, One American, At Beaver Creek In Men's Speed Skiing Events

The excitement of the faster alpine skiing disciplines descended on Beaver Creek, Colorado this past weekend as the Men of the FIS World Cup ripped it up for the Xfinity Birds of Prey events. This weekend saw first-time wins in Super G and GS and a repeat win in the Downhill.

American Skier Tommy Ford Pulls His First World Cup Victory

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When it comes to international competition, is always exciting for local fans to have one of their own take first place. That was exactly the case as Tommy Ford not only won the Giant Slalom competition this past weekend but picked up his first World Cup victory and podium finish. With a finishing time of 2:31.25, Ford was almost a full second ahead of the second-place finisher.

"I am just sticking to what I know and did really trust my skiing. It's been a progression, I have been building into this in the last couple of weeks also in training and here we go." - Tommy Ford on his performance during the Giant Slalom.

The second and third-place spots saw yet another Norwegian one/two punch, as the team continues to make podiums across all disciplines. Finishing .80 behind Ford was Henrik Kristoffersen, who was able to climb a spot from the first run. Just behind was Kristoffersen's teammate Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen, who picked up his third individual World Cup podium with a time that 1.23 behind the leader.

Tommy Ford will be wearing the red bib in Val d'Isère this coming weekend as he is now leading the Giant Slalom standing with 150 points, 30 more than French Mathieu Favire, who is currently in second.

A First Time World Cup Victory In Super G For Swiss Skier Marco Odermatt

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In a very, very close victory, and after what appeared to be a bit of squirrely run, Swiss skier Marco Odermatt just barely edged out his competition to score his first World Cup win in any discipline. Making a huge gain over his best finish in Super G, a 7th place finish last week at Lake Louise, the young athlete was able to take the win with a time of 1:10.90, just 0.10 ahead of second-place.

"It was a perfect day for me. My run was really on the edge, but I was lucky to get until the end. I didn't want to lose too much speed, I tried my best even after the mistake and here I am." - Odermatt said about his performance in the Super G.

Seeming to be commonplace here in the early World Cup season across just about every discipline, a Norwegian skier made the podium yet again. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was able to hold onto second-place after a mistake in the final section of the course. Up until that mistake, Kilde was leading in all the splits.

Taking the third-place position on the Super G podium was Matthias Mayer from Austria. With a finishing time just 0.14 off the leader, Mayer continues a great streak, having won Super G last week at Lake Louise. This third-place finish also keeps Mayer on top in the overall ranking with 233 total points, 21 points ahead of Austrian teammate Vincent Kriechmayr.

Second Birds Of Prey Downhill Win For Beat Feuz

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With strong winds forcing the relocation of the starting gate for the Downhill competition, it felt as this race could be a repeat of the Birds of Prey from 2018, at which the same issue occurred. That feeling held true as last year's Downhill winner, Beat Feuz of Switzerland took his second win at this venue in a row.

In what became his 30th downhill World Cup podium, Feuz finished the shortened course with a time of 1:12.98, nearly half a second ahead of the competition. This also marks Feuz having top-three finishes in 13 of the last 15 Downhill races.

Interestingly, this race had no third-place finisher. With times that were 0.41 of a second behind Feuz, French skier Johan Clarey and Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr shared a joint second-place on the Downhill podium. Kriechmayr was sitting in the first position until Feuz made his winning run, but still achieved his best result of the season so far.

With this win, Feuz is now in first place for the Downhill ranking and in 5th for the overall.

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