The first North American race in the ongoing Alpine Skiing World Cup, which the weather conditions allowed, brought an Austrian one-two victory. Matthias Mayer won the downhill in Lake Louise on Saturday ahead of Cortina double world champion Vincent Kriechmayr, and Swiss Beat Feuz came third. For Mayer it was the eleventh World Cup success and the seventh in the downhill. The 31-year-old had already captured a Super G victory in Lake Louise two years ago.
In changing visibility conditions, Mayer showed an apparently free ride without major difficulties. “It was brutally difficult to drive, visibility was difficult. But the conditions were the same for everyone, ”the Carinthian said afterwards in an interview with ORF. “It’s getting down to business, it’s brutal. In terms of running time, it was also faster than in training. “