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Young Swiss Skier Dominate Super-G

Young Swiss Skier Dominate Super-G

Team Switzerland had a big day at the Birds of Prey super-G. And it wasn’t because of Didier Cuche.
By Heather Hansman
posted: 12/04/2011
Podium at the BOP super-G

Swiss skiers Sandro Viletta and Beat Feuz finished first and third at today’s World Cup super-G at Beaver Creek. 

This was Viletta’s first World Cup win and his first time on the podium.  Before today, his best super-G finish was a fourth several years ago.

Feuz,, who has been having an all-time weekend, came in second at yesterday’s Downhill.

After an aggressive start out of the gate, Vilettta finished .20 ahead of the next skier.  “I heard Bode say he risked it all yesterday, so I tried to do the same thing,” he said.

Aksel Lund Svindal, who won the last super-G in Lake Louise, finished second. He said he skied aggressively in the bottom part of the course, but that Viletta won because he was dominant in the top section.

The U.S. team didn’t fare quite as well as yesterday. Bode Miller, yesterday’s winner, finished 21st after bobbling early on the course. Ted Ligety DNF-ed. Andrew Weibrecht, the top finishing American came in 10th, , his best Super-G finish ever.

”The crowd was pretty pumped when Weibrecht moved into 10th, I think that was the most exciting part of the day,” said fan Chris Darnowski.

The Swiss ski team might feel differently. Feuz said that the snow conditions played to Swiss strengths, and that he and Viletta, who both ski for Salomon and have the same ski tech, were feeling really good about their equiptment.

 

In Lake Louise, Lindsey Vonn won her second Downhill in as many days.—Heather Hansman

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