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Ganong Leads Four Americans Into Top 25 In Kitzbuehel Downhill

By Mackenzie Moran
January, 23 2022
Travis Ganong
Travis Ganong leads four Americans into the top 25 during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill on January 23, 2022 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images-Jari Pestelacci)

Four Americans broke into the top 25 in the second Kitzbuehel downhill of the weekend, led by Travis Ganong in 11th. Bryce Bennett was 0.12 seconds behind Ganong in 12th. Jared Goldberg matched his all-time best finish on the Streif in 19th, and Steven Nyman rounded out the day of point finishes for the U.S. men in 21st. 

Heavy snowfall let up from Friday and Saturday, allowing the downhill to start from its traditional start house on Sunday. But in exchange for a cease in snowfall, the men had to battle heavy cloud coverage that made an already intimidating Hahnenkamm track even more fearsome. Racers flew through the Mausefalle jump in a cloud, fighting fog and flat light on top of the already wild terrain throughout the entirety of the course. 

Switzerland’s Beat Fuez and Marco Odermatt skied fearlessly to come out on top, finishing first and second respectively. Austria’s Daniel Hemetsberger followed close behind in third. Friday's winner, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, finished in sixth but continues to lead the men's downhill standings over Fuez.

Fellow Americans Sam Morse finished just outside of the points in 35th. Erik Arvidsson finished his first World Cup downhill in Kitzbuehel in 43rd. Ryan Cochran-Siegle did not finish.

The men's speed crew will now take a short break before heading to Beijing to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. 

Men's downhill


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Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022
2:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Downhill - delayed broadcast, Kitzbuehel, AUT, Broadcast CNBC

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