Reichelt makes Austrians 2-for-2
BEAVER CREEK — He won his first World Cup race in Beaver Creek in 2005, and, nearly 10 years later, the place still has a special place in heart.
Hannes Reichelt won the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships men’s super-G at Birds xof Prey on Thursday, giving the Austrians the first two golds of the Championships after teammate Anna Fenninger won the women’s super-G on Tuesday.
Reichelt, who has won super-G on these slopes in super-G in 2005, 2007 and 2014, raced out of the 20th spot and clocked in at 1 minute, 15.68 seconds. Reichelt, whose only other Worlds medal was silver in this discipline in 2011 in Garmisch, Germany, survived a late charge from Canada’s Dustin Cook, who was a surprising and very happy silver medalist, 11-hundredths of a second behind Reichelt. Cook, who turns 26 next week, has never had a World Cup podium in his career, and was making only the second Worlds start of his career. (He was a DNF in giant slalom in Schladming, Austria, in 2013.)
France’s Adrien Theaux was the early racer on the hot seat, gaining time on the lower half of the Birds of Prey to earn bronze with a time of 1:15.92.The first podium of Theaux’s World Cup career ironically came here on Dec. 4, 2010, a silver in super-G.
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud and Austria’s Matthias Mayer tied for fourth with Norway’s Aksel Lund Svind a very surprising sixth. Svindal had missed the entire 2014-15 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon and only returned to training a month ago.
Ted Ligety, the defending Worlds super-G champ, was holding down ninth after 30 racers. Teammate Bode Miller looked like he was putting together a very fast run and was in green numbers until he had the spill of the day in The Abyss, making the partisan crowd gasp. Miller skied down under his own power, but was sporting a nasty gash on one of his calves.