As the men’s alpine ski season unfolds, all eyes are on the much-anticipated Zermatt-Cervinia replacement World Cup downhill race in Val Gardena/Gröden, Italy. The season, marked by challenging weather conditions and cancellations of four scheduled downhill races, has heightened the suspense and eagerness for this upcoming event.
North American Victories
The Saslong boasts a storied history, with the Stifel US Ski Team and the Canadian Ski Team delivering remarkable performances on its slopes. Canadian Rob Boyd claimed victory twice in 1986 and 1987, while USA’s Steven Nyman, who recently retired, clinched the top spot three times in 2006, 2012, and 2014. In 2021, Bryce Bennett of the USA added his name to the list of Saslong champions. Jared Goldberg, a standout Stifel U.S. Ski Team member, showcased his prowess by claiming victory in this season’s sole training run on the course.
Notable names graced the podium in last year’s race, with Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr securing the top spot, followed by Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt and the retired Austrian legend Matthias Mayer. The defending downhill discipline champion, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, finished in an impressive fifth position.
The Saslong downhill is renowned for its varied terrains, demanding creativity from the skiers as they navigate its challenges. One standout feature is the Camel Jump, a colossal jump where brave racers soar over 60 meters, adding an extra layer of excitement to an already thrilling race.