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Men’s Downhill – Beaver Creek 2017

Men’s Downhill – Beaver Creek 2017

Last week, in Lake Louise, Beat Feuz became the sixth different man in a row to win a World Cup Downhill race. The last man to win back-to-back World Cup Downhill events was Dominik Paris in February-March 2016 (Chamonix, Kvitfjell). It was Feuz’s fifth Downhill race win in the World Cup and his first after winning the world title in this event in 2017. Feuz could win multiple World Cup Downhill events within a calendar year for the second time after 2012 (2). Feuz has claimed two World Cup podium finishes in the Downhill in Beaver Creek, second in both 2011 and 2014. The Swiss has only claimed more World Cup top three finishes in this event in Kvitfjell (3).

A week ago, Kjetil Jansrud finished fifth in the Lake Louise Downhill and won the Super G a day later. Jansrud has won eight World Cup Downhill races, third-most among Norwegian men behind Aksel Lund Svindal (12) and Lasse Kjus (10). Jansrud finished on the podium in three of the last four World Cup Downhill events in Beaver Creek. He placed third in 2012, won the race in 2014 and claimed a second place in 2015. The Norwegian has only claimed more World Cup podiums in this event in Kvitfjell (4). Kvitfjell is also the only ski resort where Jansrud has claimed multiple Downhill wins in the World Cup.

In Lake Louise, Aksel Lund Svindal made his comeback to the competition. He finished third in the Downhill and fifth in the Super G last week.  Svindal has won 12 World Cup Downhill races, which ranks him in joint-seventh place all-time among men with Cuche and Ghedina. His last World Cup race win in the Downhill came in Wengen on 16 January 2016. Svindal has won a joint-record three men’s World Cup Downhill events in Beaver Creek, alongside Bode Miller and Hermann Maier. He won the last Beaver Creek Downhill race, in 2015, and can become the second man to claim back-to-back Downhill wins here after Maier’s wins in 1999 and 2000. Svindal can become the fifth man to claim four World Cup Downhill wins in a single host city, after Cuche (5 in Kitzbühel), Ghedina (4 in Val Gardena), Franz Klammer (4 in Val Gardena and Kitzbühel) and Peter Müller (4 in Aspen). Beaver Creek is the only ski resort where Svindal has won three World Cup Downhill events. Svindal has claimed a joint-record five Downhill podiums in the World Cup in Beaver Creek, alongside Stephan Eberharter. In all disciplines, Svindal is the only man to have claimed more than 10 World Cup podiums in Beaver Creek (12, ahead of the Super G). Only Maier (6) has won more World Cup races in the US ski resort than Svindal (5, ahead of the Super G). Svindal has only won more World Cup races in Lake Louise (8) than in Beaver Creek (5, ahead of the Super G). He has also won five races in Val Gardena.

Matthias Mayer finished in second place behind Beat Feuz in the Lake Louise Downhill last week. He has won two World Cup Downhill races, one in Lenzerheide (2014) and the other one in Saalbach (2015). Mayer could finish on the podium in back-to-back World Cup Downhill races for the third time, after March 2014 (Kvitfjell, Lenzerheide) and February 2015 (Saalbach, Garmisch Partenkirchen). Peter Fill has claimed four podium finishes in his last six World Cup appearances in this discipline, three second places and a third spot. The only Italians to have won a World Cup Downhill race in Beaver Creek are Christof Innerhofer (2012) and Kristian Ghedina (1997).

Prediction: Beat Feuz Podium Finish
Odds: 2.25 Bet365

Prediction: Peter Fill Podium Finish
Odds: 5.00 Bet365

Prediction: Dominik Paris Podium Finish
Odds: 13.00 Bet365

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