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    German Upset in Kitzbuhel

    With the Olympics closing in on the world cup circuit, the 2nd most important Downhill competition took place in Kitzbuhel – the 65th Annual Hahnenkammrennen. More than an estimated 100,000 spectators turned up for what was to be a major upset.
    The major question was of course if the favourite, Aksel Lund Svindal were showing any nerves in the wake of his 2016 crash on the same course. A crash which busted his knees and kept him idle for most of 2016/2017 season had overcome. The answer arrived Friday noon, as Svindal took 1st in super-G, with his compatriot Kjetil Jansrud in 2nd. Neither Svindal nor Jansrud could find their pace in today’s race and finished 8th and 10th respectively. Last weeks runner-up in Wengen, Aksel Lund Svindal addressed prior to the race that he “would rather finish strong and in one piece, whilst maintaining his ability to compete in the Olympics”.

    Starting in 1st position, 37-year old Hannes Reichelt, should soon prove to be delivering a monster time. With his full force skiing, it looked very troublesome for the Austrian getting down the “Streif”. Troublesome perhaps, but efficient none-the-less. Reichelt was in the front until Last weeks champion from Wengen, Swiss native Beat Feuz, went own the slope. Beatin Reichelt with only 0.21 sec, the disappointment was evident in the eyes of the veteran Reichelt.

     

    First German win in 13 years

    For a long time, it looked like Feuz would take his 2nd consecutive Downhill win and his first in Kitzbuhel. However, 10th seeded Thomas Dressen, followed up on his 5th place from last weeks race in Wengen. From starting position as 19th he was the last man to be regarded as a serious contender. At the finish line, a fairytale had come true, with Dressen beating Feuz by 0.20 sec. 24-year-old dressen ends a 13-year long victory drought for Germany on the Hanekamm.

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