Garmisch-Partenkirchen Men's Races Preview

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the former twin cities "under the Zugspitze", is one of the most famous ski resorts of the whole alpine region. The Bavarian town hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1936, the Arlberg Kandahar races since 1954, FIS Ski World Cups since 1970, the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 1978 and 2011, and the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in 2009. For that reason, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is been considered the cradle of ski racing in Germany.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen Program

Super-G. Friday, February 5th. 11:30 (CET)

Downhill. Saturday, February 6th. 11:30 (CET)

The Kandahar run in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is one of the most demanding races in the Alpine Ski World Cup. The Men’s downhill course has been modified to be a bit shorter but more challenging, including four jumps. The new middle section uses the mountain’s naturally steep and curving terrain and leads into the final third of the course which will certainly challenge the racers, especially in the “Free Fall" the steepest section of the racecourse.

Kandahar racecourse Profile (Men)

  • Start Elevation: 1490 m

  • Finish Elevation: 770 m

  • Vertical Drop: 720 m

  • Distance: 2920 m

Beat Feuz won the last two Downhill World Cup races, in Kitzbühel on 22 and 24 January. The last man to win three successive Downhill World Cup races was Dominik Paris in Kitzbühel, Kvitfjell, and Soldeu from January to March 2019.

Feuz has won 12 Downhill World Cup races. Among active male skiers, only Dominik Paris (14) has won more Downhill events in the World Cup than 33-year-old Feuz. Only Franz Klammer (41), Peter Müller (41), and Stephan Eberharter (38) have recorded as many podium finishes in Men's World Cup Downhill events as Feuz (38).

Matthias Mayer won the Downhill in Bormio this season. He won two Downhill World Cup events in 2019-2020. After his win in Bormio, Mayer finished second in Kitzbühel on 22 January and third on 24 January. Mayer has won in total six Downhill World Cup races.

Johan Clarey (40) became the oldest skier (man/woman) to finish on the podium of a World Cup event, when he was the runner up in Kitzbühel on 24 January.

Dominik Paris (14) is the active male skier to have won the most Downhill events in the World Cup.

Christof Innerhofer is the only Italian man to have won a Downhill World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in February 2013.

Last season German speedster Thomas Dressen found the right line and won the 4th World Cup race of his career in a tight victory in front of his crowd.

Thomas Dressen took his second World Cup win of the season in Garmisch-Partenkirchen followed by Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (+0.16) and Johan Clarey (+0.17).

In 2018 after Lake Louise and Wengen, Beat Feuz was able to claim a third win of the season, ahead of the duo Vincent Kriechmayr and Dominik Paris tied in