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Downhill, Men

Date12 February 2006 — 12:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSestriere Borgata (Kandahar Banchetta)
Participants55 from 25 countries
Course SetterHelmuth SchmalzlITA
Venue detailsGates: 39
Length: 3299 m
Start Altitude: 2800 m
Vertical Drop: 914 m

This was the traditional first Alpine event of the Winter Olympics, and was contested on the Kandahar Banchetta course at Borgata Sestriere. One change was that the number of seeded skiers had been increased to 30, from the standard 15. The leading contenders were American Bode Miller, the 2005 World Champion and overall World Cup winner, Austrian Michael Walchhofer, 2005 World Cup downhill titlist and leading the 2005-06 World Cup, and another American, Daron Rahlves, who had been runner-up at the 2005 World Championships. Walchhofer was off 10th, the first favorite to leave the starthouse, and recorded 1:49.52. Miller was off 18th and Rahlves 20th and neither approached his time, which left him looking like the gold medalist. But the final seeded skier was France’s Antoine Dénériaz, and he shattered the leaders’ times with 1:48.80 to win the gold medal, his first ever victory in a major international downhill. The bronze medalist was a bit of a blast from the past, as Switzerland’s Bruno Kernen had been downhill World Champion in 1997, and had won three World Cup downhills, two in 1997 and one in 2003. Miller placed fifth and Rahlves 10th.

PosNrSkierNOCTime
130Antoine DénériazFRA1:48.80Gold
210Michael WalchhoferAUT1:49.52Silver
314Bruno KernenSUI1:49.82Bronze
417Kjetil André AamodtNOR1:49.88
518Bode MillerUSA1:49.93
615Hermann MaierAUT1:50.00
728Marco BüchelLIE1:50.04
84Fritz StroblAUT1:50.12
925Patrick StaudacherITA1:50.29
1020Daron RahlvesUSA1:50.33
1122Pierre-Emmanuel DalcinFRA1:50.35
123Tobias GrünenfelderSUI1:50.44
1329Manuel Osborne-ParadisCAN1:50.45
148Lasse KjusNOR1:50.64
1523Scott MacartneyUSA1:50.68
1611François BourqueCAN1:50.70
1713Ambrosi HoffmannSUI1:50.72
186Kurt SulzenbacherITA1:50.84
=1927Steve NymanUSA1:50.88
=1919Peter FillITA1:50.88
2126Aksel Lund SvindalNOR1:50.90
2221Klaus KröllAUT1:50.91
2312Kristian GhedinaITA1:50.98
2416Yannick BertrandFRA1:51.37
252Finlay MickelGBR1:51.48
2624Didier DéfagoSUI1:51.51
277John KuceraCAN1:51.55
2832Andrej JermanSLO1:51.70
299Bjarne SolbakkenNOR1:51.72
3038Pavel ShestakovRUS1:51.93
3134Andrej ŠpornSLO1:52.17
321Craig BranchAUS1:52.55
3331Patrik JärbynSWE1:52.87
3439Petr ZáhrobskýCZE1:52.90
3535Claudio SprecherLIE1:53.34
3636Borek ZakouřilCZE1:54.07
3733Roger CruickshankGBR1:54.65
3842Aleksandr KhoroshilovRUS1:54.70
3937Alex AntorAND1:55.01
4041Konstantin SatsRUS1:55.03
4147Mikael GaymeCHI1:55.73
4240Maui GaymeCHI1:56.10
4345Nikolai HentschBRA1:56.58
4449Michał KałwaPOL1:56.81
4554Jaroslav BabušiakSVK1:57.45
4643Renārs DoršsLAT1:57.54
4751Mykola SkriabinUKR1:57.56
4846Sindri Már PálssonISL1:57.69
4950Jorge MandrúCHI1:58.77
5048Roger VidosaAND1:59.24
5152Andrey DryginTJK1:59.41
5253Alex HeathRSA1:59.79
5344Florentin NicolaeROU2:00.93
AC5Ondřej BankCZEDNF
AC55Ivan HeimschildSVKDNF