Olympic gold medalist Matthias Mayer won the downhill from Kitzbühel in the Ski World Cup. It was the first victory of an Austrian on the legendary Streif after six years. Mayer receives 100,000 euros in prize money for his triumph in the most famous downhill run in the world. Like the Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud, he is now one of nine ski racers who celebrated a victory in the downhill (2020) and the Super-G (2017) in Kitzbühel.
Mayer needed 1: 55.59 minutes for the 3.3 kilometer route. The Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr and the Swiss Beat Feuz came in second place in the 80th edition of the Hahnenkamm races, 0.22 seconds behind. The Frenchmen Johan Clarey and Maxence Muzaton came fourth and fifth.
The two former German Kitzbühel winners Thomas Dreßen and Josef Ferstl arrived almost two seconds behind. Dreßen risked too much after an early mistake and ended up in 26th place behind his team-mate Ferstl in 25th place. Romed Baumann in seventh place (0.83 seconds behind the winner) and Andreas Sander (0.98) in eleventh place ensured the best positions for German runners ,
In the overall ranking of the World Cup, the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (700 points) leads Matthias Mayer (692) and Henrik Kristoffersen (691).