Vincent Kriechmayr won the final Downhill of the season in Courchevel. The world champion won today's race 0.34 seconds ahead of the Swiss Overall World Cup winner Marco Odermatt. Beat Feuz finished in the third position, +0.54 seconds behind of Kriechmayr.
It was his second win of the season after the Downhill in Wengen and the eleventh of his career.
“The race was demanding, one of the most strenuous of my career. I gave everything. More would not have been possible. I managed a dream run at the top. I wanted to show what I'm capable of after the mediocre season. I risked all. This victory is important for self-confidence in the next season”, said Kriechmayr.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, finished fourth (+0.85) directly behind his direct competitor Beat Feuz (0.54) to win the title by 13 points.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is the fourth Norwegian man to win the Downhill Crystal
Globe, after Lasse Kjus (1998-1999), Aksel Lund Svindal (2012-2013, 2013-2014)
and Kjetil Jansrud (2014-2015).
Kilde has already secured this season's Super-G crystal globe. He is the ninth man to win both speed globes in a single season and the first since Kjetil Jansrud in the 2014-2015 season.
"I trembled to the end. Unbelievable. At the finish I didn't believe in it anymore. It was a real fight between Beat and me. That's cool, and now I have two Globes. A dream. I do not know what to say. It's been a great season. I'm so happy", said Kilde.
Beat Feuz crossed the finish line in third place in the Downhill. The Swiss athlete just missed his fifth Crystal Globe in the Downhill by 13 points. "I have won the Downhill World Cup four times in a row. I just missed it this season. But I was in the lead again, stood on the podium seven times, and I am Olympic Champion. So everything is okay for me", is how the 35-year-old summed up the season at the finish line.
Marco Odermatt officially collects today the Overall Crystal Globe in this race. He is the fifth Swiss man to win the Overall, after Peter Lüscher (1978-1979), Pirmin Zurbriggen (1983-1984, 1986-1987, 1987-1988, and 1989-1990), Paul Accola (1991-1992), and Carlo Janka (2009-2010).
Odermatt was one position short to become the first man to record World Cup wins in the Giant Slalom, Super-G, and Downhill in a single season since Didier Cuche in 2009-2010.