Johan Clarey produced his best ever World Cup result in taking second in the second Downhill in Kvitfjell. Olympic Downhill Champion took his first World Cup podium in taking third place as Erik Guay won the race as six HEAD World Cup Rebels made the top eight finishers.
With the race starting a little higher up than for the previous days sprint Downhill, the very early racers did not have the better conditions this time. Matthias Mayer took the lead from bib 8 and Johan Clarey bettered his time slightly from the next number. Guay was the first of the top seeds down the course and while it was nip and tuck, Guay held it together through the finish straight to take the win.
“It’s a tough moment for me, I have a really painful knee and I am coming for some bad Olympic results which were hard to swallow,” Clarey said. “But now this podium is such a great note to end the season with. When I woke up this morning my knee felt a bit better, everything felt a bit better today. Times were so tight here, four tenths could mean the difference between podium and 15th place and I am just glad I was at the right end of those tenths.”
Mayer, who had not finished in his first race as the Olympic Champion, said after the run: "The conditions were difficult again, but I did not make a mistake this time. Where I lost time, I cannot say. But that is OK, I am satisfied. I’m very happy as yesterday I made this big mistake and skied out. It was important for my confidence to ski well and have a good race today,” Mayer said
With his worst result of the season, sixth place, Aksel Lund Svindal swept back into the lead of the Overall World Cup. The lead is slim, 27 points, but with seven races left of the 2014 World Cup Season, he is in front: “My lead in the overall World Cup is not good enough. Marcel is always in the top 3, and that’s where I need to be if I want to have a chance. For a speed skier the goals are the downhill and super-G titles – I won the downhill and tomorrow I can hope I can secure the super-G one as well," Svindal said.
1. Erik Guay (CAN)
2. Johan Clarey (FRA) HEAD
3. Matthias Mayer (AUT) HEAD
5. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) HEAD
6= Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) HEAD
6= Silvan Zurbriggan (SUI) HEAD
8. Bode Miller (USA) HEAD
11. Georg Streitberger (AUT) HEAD
13. Silvano Varettoni (ITA) HEAD
17= Jeffrey Frisch (CAN) HEAD
26. Hans Olsson (SWE) HEAD
28. Stephan Keppler (GER) HEAD
29. Frederic Berthold (AUT) HEAD