Another victory in "La Stelvio" for King Dominik Paris
Dominik Paris takes today his first victory of the season in Bormio. It was the 20th career World Cup victory for the 32-year-old Italian skier.
Dominik Paris is the King of the selective and exhausting Stelvio. Bormio means a lot to the Südtiroler as many career highlights, including his first World Cup win, have come in the Italian town. He set the record of victories in Bormio: 6 Downhill races (2012, 2017, 2018, a double in 2019, and 2021) and a Super-G (2018). Paris set now a new record for most World Cup Downhill wins at a specific ski resort, edging Didier Cuche with five in Kitzbühel.
The only male skier to have achieved more than seven victories in World Cup speed events at a single resort is Aksel Lund Svindal (8 in Lake Louise). Paris is now tied in this ranking with Kjetil Jansrud (7 in Kvitfjell).
With 16 victories in Downhill, Dominik Paris is the active male skier to have won the most Downhill events in the World Cup. On the all-time Men's list, only Franz Klammer (25), Stephan Eberharter (21), and Peter Müller (20) have more Downhill races in the World Cup than Paris.
Paris now leads the Downhill standings 10 points ahead of Matthias Mayer. The skier from Merano has never won the Downhill World Cup title and has made that his main goal for the season, ahead of winning a gold medal at the upcoming Beijing Olympics.
“At the start, I just thought that Kriechmayr was fast. I gave it all from the top to the bottom. I like it here and I believe in myself. This course is rough and tough. When you’ve given your all here you’re satisfied at the finish”, Paris said.
"Definitely, the skiing is back and my confidence is back”, he added.
Finishing just 0.24 seconds off the winning pace was Overall leader Marco Odermatt.
It's his 20th World Cup podium and the first one in Downhill. His best finish in the discipline was a fourth-place finish in November at Lake Louise.
“I took full risks where I could. Step by step I got a little closer and I knew that this slope could be good for me, so it's great to achieve this today”, said Odermatt. After today's race, he expanded his lead in the overall World Cup to almost 300 points.
Rounding out the podium was Niels Hintermann. He finished 0.80 seconds behind Paris. It is his second straight podium in Downhill after being third in Val Gardena. It's his third podium in the World Cup.