By Eric Wilson, associated Press
CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) – Vincent Krychmeyer matched two alpine skiing veterans at the World Championships on Sunday by adding downhill gold to the Super-G title won three days earlier.
The Austrian became only the third person to complete the so-called double speed in the world after Herman Mair’s 1999 and Bod Miller’s 2005.
“Herman Mair is an Austrian legend and Bode Miller is also a legend. It is really amazing to be on the same step, ”said Crichmeier.
“I don’t compare myself to Herman or Bode Miller, they were also the Olympics and the World Cup,” said Austrian.
“I’d rather someone who enjoys it quietly, who later reflects on it.”
The race against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks in the Italian Dolomites, lived up to its billing as the most eye-catching downhill of the season with staggering crashes, staggering favorites, a surprise medalist and the smallest possible winning margin.
Kriechmayr defeated Germany’s Andreas Sander by a hundredth of a second, 0.18 behind for bronze with 2017 World Champion Beat Fuze.
Sander earned his third silver medal in the world after finishing second to Romit Bouman in Super-G and Kira Weddley in women’s downhill.
“It’s a good feeling,” Sander said, adding that “Romed has got a great atmosphere in the team along with Rajat and Kera.”
Bowman was again in the limelight shortly after completing Sunday’s race, but this time a nasty collapse took place, skipping Skis first into protective banners and completely disappearing beneath them.
When freed by coaches and officials, he came out with blood on his face and race suit.
German Ski Federation sports director Wolfgang Mair said Buman had a cut on his face but survived serious injuries.
In another catastrophic incident, Maxence Muzetan survived a serious accident when he caught a collision and first fell after losing control of his right ski at 120 kmph (74.5 mph).
The French used an acrobatic recovery, as he turned around and got up while skiing backwards before coming to a standstill.
Crichmayr avoided similar spectacular scenes when he opened the race on the icy course after a cold night.
Without the report of course, he still judged perfection a central mid section of the slope.
The route included – unexpectedly for a downhill – six sharp turns, but the Austrian crossed the right tempo to keep the fastest line.
However, he had to come out of his tuck several times at the flats at the end of his run.
“It was a special race today with No. 1 and it wasn’t that easy,” said Critchmayer. “The good thing about ski racing is that you can always improve. There is no such thing as a perfect game like other sports. “
Sander made a second start and soon lost three-tenths over Critchmeyer but the German racer was quicker in the bottom.
Only one of the remaining 40 starts came close to the leading pair, but Fuze eventually fell behind to 0.18 for the bronze.
The rest of the region finished fourth, led by Italy’s favorite Homer Dominic Paris and Swiss skier Marco Odermatt.
One of the favorites of the pre-race, 2014 Olympic champion Matthias Meyer, started off strongly, but missed a gate halfway during his run.
World champion Kjetil Jansrud worked for more than a second, finishing eighth.
“It’s disappointing,” said the Norwegian, who had only one top-10 result in the downhill this World Cup season.
“Everything I could do today is exposing myself physically and mentally and I felt like I did it.”
Jansrud’s player Alexander Amodt Kilde, the World Cup champion, was ruled out due to a knee injury.
The turn, which fixed the race after the first official training session on Friday, was severely criticized by many racers.
The organizers reset those gates to make the course a little more fluent, but many downhillers still struggled.
“I’ve never seen one like it was tough.” It was like a giant slalom, ”said Fuze. “I know where I’ve lost my 18-hundredth. This will never be my favorite course. “
Critchmeyer said his winning recipe was “not very round and not very straightforward.”
“It’s a lot of turns, but Kitzbühel and Wangen also have turns that usually aren’t for anyone,” he said. “It’s not a specific downhill, but it doesn’t matter to me which course I win.”
When Florian Shidder was thrown out of the bumpy path through his run, the race was interrupted.
The Italian was hospitalized with a suspected rupture of his left knee ligaments.
The world continues on Monday with joint events for both women and men.
AP Sports Writer Andrew Damp contributed to this report.
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