The 26-year-old Swiss was close to the finish line when he lost his balance on the last jump. It was then impossible to avert the fall, after which he fell full on the track and rolled over the finish line. According to the medium Swiss Ski he was conscious and recognized one of his trainers. He was transported to the hospital by helicopter.
Kryenbühl wasn’t the only one to fall. A little earlier, Ryan Cochran-Siegle had already flew into the nets. The American sustained a shoulder injury there. It is not entirely illogical that the game was stopped. Only when the wind had died down after forty minutes was it allowed to descend again.
Feast for Feuz
The victory was ultimately for Swiss skier Beat Feuz. Feuz was the fastest in 1.53.77 on the Streif, the more than 3.3 kilometers long Austrian piste where the skiers reached speeds of almost 150 kilometers per hour.
The 33-year-old Swiss was ahead of the Austrian Matthias Mayer, last year’s winner, by 0.16 seconds. The Italian Dominik Paris finished third at 0.56. Paris triumphed in 2013, 2017 and 2019 on the downhill in Kitzbühel.
Feuz has consistently finished second in Kitzbühel for the past three years, just like in 2016. He recorded his eleventh World Cup victory on Friday. Sofia Goggia won the women’s run in Crans-Montana in Switzerland. It meant her third consecutive downhill victory in the World Cup for the Italian.
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