ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer picked a good day for a front-row seat to his first ski races.
Switzerland’s most famous resident came to St. Moritz on Sunday for a world championships doubleheader in marquee downhill races, featuring his friend Lindsey Vonn and home favorite Beat Feuz.
Vonn took a bronze medal she thought worth its weight in gold after an injury-hit year. Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia capped her breakout season to win and set up a duel for the 2018 Olympic downhill title.
The American star then completed her post-race interviews just in time to join Federer and his wife, Mirka, watching in the stands as Feuz raced to become men’s world champion.
Still, the biggest impression left on Federer — who won the Australian Open last month in 104-degree summer temperatures — might have been the below-freezing temperatures.
“I’m finding it cold,” Federer quipped in an interview with the French-language Swiss state broadcaster. “It’s not usual for me, especially sitting here in the cold.”
Federer, who has a mountain home close to nearby Lenzerheide, said he felt lucky seeing both downhills — the first time in 10 years the prestigious races ran back-to-back at worlds. Fog on Saturday had forced the scheduled men’s start to be postponed.Follow @nbcolympictalk