Beat Feuz wins his first victory in Kitzbühel

The Swiss Beat Feuz wins the downhill run on the Hahnenkamm ahead of last year’s Austrian winner Matthias Mayer. His team-mate Urs Kryenbühl suffers several injuries when he falls over the target jump.

It almost seems as if Beat Feuz has focused all his concentration on this moment: The Bernese wins the descent on Hahnenkamm for the first time on Friday.

Marco Trovati / AP

He had risked a lot, said Beat Feuz, when he had taken a deep breath at the finish. The race was just interrupted because the American Ryan Cochran-Siegle had to be transported away after a crash at the top of the traverse. Yes, Feuz had crossed the line, his jumps went so far that one caught one’s breath. It was a ride that was reminiscent of Didier Cuche’s triumph in 2011: uncompromising, pushed to the limit, and yet with an almost indescribable ease. When it swung off at the finish, there was only one thought: when, if not today?

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