Kitzbühel 2022. Downhill and Slalom Races Preview

Kitzbühel Program:

Downhill. Friday, January 21st. 11:30 (CET)

Slalom Saturday, January 22nd. 1st run 10:15, 2nd run 13:45 (CET)

Downhill. Sunday, January 23rd. 13:30 (CET)

The Downhill race is held on the Hahnenkamm mountain (the name translates to "Rooster’s Comb"), one of the mountains surrounding the ski resort town of Kitzbühel.

The Hahnenkamm racecourse, the Streif (or the "Stripe"), is considered one of the most demanding runs of the FIS downhill calendar.

Hot on the heels of the Lauberhorn Races in Wengen, Switzerland – another of the great alpine ski classics and the oldest one-, the race first took place on today’s Streif course in 1937.

Last season, after finishing in second place four times in Kitzbühel (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020) Beat Feuz claimed victory in both Downhills held in the Hahnenkamm Downhill.

In the first one, on January 22, Feuz finished ahead of Matthias Mayer, the 2020 Kitzbühel downhill winner (+0.16), and Dominik Paris (+0.56), the only active skier to have won multiple World Cup Downhill races in Kitzbühel (2013, 2017, and 2019). Beat Feuz put the hammer down and clocked the fastest time on the Streif racecourse, 1:53.77 seconds, the fastest anyone has skied down the full course since his countryman Didier Cuche did it three-hundredths faster some 11 years ago.

The race was overshadowed by two big crashes and big delays.

First, Ryan Cochran-Siegle suffered a high-speed crash into the protective netting before the traverse below the Hausberg.

Four racers later Swiss Urs Kryenbuehl suffered a serious crash in the last jump before the finish line.

After the two interruptions, the weather started to turn for the worse with a southerly wind creating dangerous conditions and creating further delays.

After an interminable wait and once the bib number 30 Nicolas Raffort had completed the racecourse, the race jury stopped the race.

Two days after earning his first career win on the Streif, Beat Feuz added a second victory in Kitzbühel.

Second place went to Johan Clarey, who Feuz bumped out of the lead after topping the Frenchman by 0.17 seconds. Clarey became the first 40-year-old to earn a podium on the Streif.

Matthias Mayer, who came runner-up to Feuz on Friday, finished 0.38 behind in third.