Nyman leads Americans in foggy Lauberhorn downhill
WENGEN, Switzerland — Steven Nyman battled through fog and flat light to lead four American’s into the top 30 in the classic Lauberhorn downhill Saturday.
Nyman finished 16th, Andrew Weibrecht was 21st, Jared Goldberg 27th and Marco Sullivan of Squaw Valley 30th. Finishing outside of the points were Wiley Maple in 34th, Squaw Valley’s Bryce Bennett in 40th and Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley in 42nd.
The story of the day was the low visibility as racers experienced numerous course holds, including France’s Guillermo Fayed, who was held at the start after Ganong crossed the line in what he described as a dangerous race due to the poor visibility.
“Coming out of the tunnel, I couldn’t even see one gate ahead of me, nothing, zero … all I could see was the fence — zero visibility,” Ganong said. “It’s really unfortunate that Fayed and I had to deal with those conditions … it’s really not fair and it’s really dangerous. We had no chance on a day like today.”
Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won the race in dominating fashion on the shortened course, which started from the combined downhill start due to the weather conditions. Austria’s Hannes Reichelt and Klaus Kroll were second and third, respectively. The victory, which is his first classic downhill win, moved Svindal into the overall World Cup lead by 15 points over Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who did not compete Saturday.