| Event type

Downhill, Men1

Date15 February 2018 — 11:30
LocationJeongseon Alpine Centre, Mountain Cluster, Bukpyeong (Jeongseon Downhill)
Participants55 from 26 countries
Course SetterHannes TrinklIFR
DetailsGates: 33
Length: 2,965 m
Start Altitude: 1,370 m
Vertical Drop: 825 m

Originally the men’s downhill was scheduled for 11 February and should have been the first Alpine skiing event, as is usual at the Olympics, but heavy winds caused a postponement, so the race was held after the men’s Combined. The course was not long and considered somewhat easy, but with a lot of jumps. In fact, with a winning time of 1:40.25 it was the shortest men’s downhill in Olympic history. As at Sochi in 2014 the run was designed by 1972 Olympic downhill gold medalist Bernhard Russi. He made a course with a lot of jumps, including four big jumps, and the racers felt that it could not be compared with tracks in Europe or North America.

Seven out of nine events of the undergoing downhill World Cup were already held and the standings saw Beat Feuz, who won races in Lake Louise, Wengen, and Garmisch, in the lead; followed by Aksel Lund Svindal, winner in Beaver Creek and Val Gardena; Dominik Paris, winner in Bormio; and Thomas Dreßen, winner in Kitzbühel. The last downhill World Cup winners were Peter Fill in 2016/17, while the Norwegians Jansrud (2015) and Svindal (2014) were still formidable. Feuz was also the 2017 World Champion, following his compatriot Patrick Küng, who won in 2015. The pre-Olympic downhill race held in February 2016 was won by Jansrud.

The starting order for speed events was changed since the last Olympics. The top 10 racers of the World Cup Starting List (WCSL), beginning with the leader, could choose an odd bib number from 1-19, while the next ten racers from the WCSL could choose an even bib number from 2-20. The run changed in the days after the delay, becoming faster and the jumps were wider, and the race was decided from the second big jump to the end. Wind was still a factor, but at the end the top six of the WCSL finished in the top six.

Svindal won gold for Norway, which was the last men’s Olympic Alpine skiing gold missing for that country. He also became the first man to win both speed events at the Olympics after his Super G gold medal from Vancouver in 2010 and he became the oldest Olympic Alpine skiing champion ever, at 35-051. Together with Jansrud in second place it was the first gold-silver double for a nation in downhill since Pirmin Zurbriggen and Peter Müller finished 1-2 for Switzerland at Calgary in 1988. Svindal won this race with an average speed of 106.47 km/h and was 3.54 metres ahead of Jansrud at the finish line. Both Norwegians and the Swiss Feuz raced skis from Head giving it a sweep.

17Aksel Lund SvindalNOR1:40.25Gold
29Kjetil JansrudNOR1:40.37Silver
35Beat FeuzSUI1:40.43Bronze
43Dominik ParisITA1:40.79
51Thomas DreßenGER1:41.03
613Peter FillITA1:41.08
717Vincent KriechmayrAUT1:41.19
84Brice RogerFRA1:41.39
911Matthias MayerAUT1:41.46
106Andreas SanderGER1:41.62
1116Max FranzAUT1:41.75
1215Hannes ReicheltAUT1:41.76
138Mauro CaviezelSUI1:41.86
142Manuel Osborne-ParadisCAN1:41.89
1512Aleksander Aamodt KildeNOR1:42.18
1614Bryce BennettUSA1:42.22
1718Christof InnerhoferITA1:42.23
1810Johan ClareyFRA1:42.39
1928Martin ČaterSLO1:42.53
2027Jared GoldbergUSA1:42.59
2123Marc GisinSUI1:42.82
2225Emanuele BuzziITA1:42.84
=2334Ryan Cochran-SiegleUSA1:42.96
=2321Maxence MuzatonFRA1:42.96
2529Josef FerstlGER1:42.98
2619Adrien ThéauxFRA1:42.99
2724Boštjan KlineSLO1:43.03
2822Ben ThomsenCAN1:43.19
2939Miha HrobatSLO1:43.61
3030Wiley MapleUSA1:43.72
3136Andreas RomarFIN1:43.78
3235Dustin CookCAN1:43.80
3320Gilles RoulinSUI1:43.88
3440Henrik von AppenCHI1:44.02
3526Broderick ThompsonCAN1:44.37
3638Christoffer FaarupDEN1:44.48
3737Joan VerdúAND1:44.65
3842Filip ForejtekCZE1:44.79
3948Igor ZakurdayevKAZ1:45.01
4045Christopher HoerlMDA1:45.21
4132Marko VukićevićSRB1:45.36
4241Michał KłusakPOL1:45.42
4349Marco PfiffnerLIE1:45.61
4450Yury DanilachkinBLR1:45.86
4546Jan HudecCZE1:46.42
4647Jan ZabystřanCZE1:46.60
4757Simón Breitfuss KammerlanderBOL1:47.87
4853Kim Dong-WuKOR1:47.99
4951Ivan KovbasniukUKR1:48.57
5055Albin TahiriKOS1:48.81
5156Marko StevovićSRB1:49.50
5252Patrick McMillanIRL1:49.98
5354Márton KékesiHUN1:51.72
DNF31Klemen KosiSLO
DNF43Marc OliverasAND
DNS33Natko Zrnčić-DimCRO
DNS44Ondřej BerndtCZE