WENGEN, Switzerland (Jan. 18 - News Release) - Swiss racer Bruno Kernen gave the home folks plenty to cheer about Saturday, winning the 73rd Lauberhorn downhill while Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA) had the top result, finishing eighth after being flagged off and given a re-start. Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) was 11th and Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) 15th in the bright sunshine.
Outdoor Life Network will broadcast coverage of the Lauberhorn at 4 p.m. EST today following a World Cup highlights show on this busy week of men's and women's racing.
On the longest DH course in World Cup racing, Kernen won in 2:28.69 with Michael Walchhofer of Austria second (2:28.92) and World Cup leader Stephan Eberharter, another Austrian, third. When Klaus Kroell, also of Austria, crashed at the bottom of his run, officials flagged off Rahlves, who was on the top half of the course and aiming for a podium repeat after finishing second to Eberharter in Friday's DH.
Rahlves, given a re-start several skiers later, finished in 2:30.66. Miller was timed in 2:31.18 with Sullivan down in 2:31.37 for the eighth downhill of the season.
"It was tough with 'D' (Rahlves) getting flagged but, unfortunately, that happens sometimes," said men's DH/super G Head Coach John McBride. "Kroell took a good beater at the bottom but he was up and chatting in the finish area later...
"There were some good things to be taken from today. Bode had some good sections to go with a couple of small mistakes and Marco won the top section over everybody - pretty impressive."
The sunshine made the course sluggish for late skiers, he said. "It was pretty tough to punch in from the back. That pitch sits in the sun and bakes."
The men finish the Lauberhorn weekend Sunday with a slalom and combined calculation before heading to Kitzbuehel for the sport's acknowledged Super Bowl each winter.
FIS ALPINE WORLD CUP
Wengen, SUI - Jan. 18
1. Bruno Kernen, Switzerland, 2:28.69
2. Michael Walchhofer, Austria, 2:28.,92
3. Stephan Eberharter, Austria, 2:29.14
4. Ambrosi Hoffmann, Switzerland, 2:29.51
5. Andreas Schifferer, Austria, 2:29.70
8. Daron Rahlves, Sugar Bowl, CA, 2:30.66
11. Bode Miller, Franconia, NH, 2:31.18
15. Marco Sullivan, Squaw Vallery, CA, 2:31.37
34. Scott Macartney, Redmond, WA, 2:33.70
37. Jake Fiala, Frisco, CO, 2:34.24
38. Bryon Friedman, Park City, UT, 2:34.26
World Cup Standings
Men's Overall (21 races)
1. Eberharter, 815 points
2. Miller, 754
3. Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Norway, 536
4. Schifferer, 437
5. Didier Defago, Switzerland, 426
8. Rahlves, 386
38T. Sullivan and Erik Schlopy, Park City, UT, 136 each
46. Chip Knight, Stowe, VT, 97
74. Fiala, 41
77T. Tom Rothrock, Cashmere, WA, 39
91T. Thomas Vonn, Newburgh, NY, 24
119T. Dane Spencer, Boise, ID, 9
Men's DH (8 races)
1. Eberharter, 560
2. Walchhofer, 397
3. Rahlves, 373
4. Hannes Trinkl, Austria, 296
5. Fritz Strobl, 276
9. Miller, 233
19. Sullivan, 102
38. Fiala, 25