Canadian Erik Guay won a World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway, on Saturday while Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal‘s sixth-place finish was enough to move into the overall World Cup lead.
Americans Travis Ganong and Bode Miller were fourth and eighth, respectively. Ganong, 25, scored his first career World Cup podium in Friday’s downhill. Miller, 36, improved from 16th on Friday.
“It’s really fun skiing right now,” Ganong said. “I’m having a good time, and the results are coming. Hopefully in Lenzerheide [Switzerland at World Cup Finals in two weeks] I can make that one last little step up to the top of the podium and then just carry all this momentum towards the World Champs in Beaver Creek [in 2015]. I’d like to continue on this streak, it’s really nice right now.”
The World Cup tour continues with a super-G in Kvitfjell on Sunday. The women’s World Cup downhill scheduled for Saturday in Switzerland was canceled due to fog.
Guay, the 2011 world downhill champion, won his fifth career World Cup race and second this season in 1 minute, 22.17 seconds. France’s Johan Clarey was second, .35 behind, followed by Austrian Matthias Mayer, the Olympic downhill champion.
Ganong missed his second straight podium by .05.
Svindal, who went medal-less in Sochi while ill, moved ahead of Austrian Marcel Hirscher for the overall World Cup lead. Svindal specializes in speed events downhill and super-G, while Hirscher concentrates on technical events slalom and giant slalom.
Hirscher is trying to become the third man to win the overall World Cup title three straight years and the first since American Phil Mahre from 1981-83.
There are seven races left this season — four technical events and three speed events.
Kvitfjell Downhill No. 2
1. Erik Guay (CAN) 1:22.17
2. Johan Clarey (FRA) 1:22.52
3. Matthias Mayer (AUT) 1:22.74
4. Travis Ganong (USA) 1:22.79
5. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) 1:22.80
6. Silvan Zurbriggen (SUI) 1:22.82
6. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) 1:22.82
8. Bode Miller (USA) 1:22.89
9. Dominik Paris (ITA) 1:23.02
10. Werner Heel (ITA) 1:23.04
24. Marco Sullivan (USA) 1:23.44
25. Steven Nyman (USA) 1:23.45
32. Erik Fisher (USA) 1:23.79
38. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) 1:23.85
46. Jared Goldberg (USA) 1:24.28