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Beat Feuz leads Swiss one-two in Beaver Creek downhill

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Swiss Beat Feuz, who missed two PyeongChang Olympic gold medals by three tenths of a second, won the Birds of Prey downhill in Beaver Creek, Colo., by a much smaller margin on Friday.

Feuz edged countryman Mauro Caviezel by .07 under snowfall and at times tough visibility at the annual World Cup stop. It’s the first Swiss one-two in a World Cup downhill since Dec. 29, 2011.

Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal, the PyeongChang downhill champion, took third, .08 back of Feuz. Steven Nyman and Bryce Bennett were the top Americans, sharing ninth. The start was moved down due to the conditions. Full results are here.

Feuz, the 2017 World downhill champion, entered the Olympics as one of the downhill and super-G favorites. He delivered but could not overcome Svindal in the former (.18 behind for bronze) or Austrian Matthias Mayer in the latter (.13 back for silver).

Feuz went on to claim the World Cup season downhill title in March after his most successful campaign in six years with three victories. Between 2012 and 2018, Feuz endured a series of health problems, including left knee surgery that forced him to miss the entire 2012-13 season.

The 31-year-old opened this season with sixth- and 10th-place finishes in Lake Louise, Alberta, last weekend before earning his 11th World Cup victory on Friday.

The Beaver Creek World Cup stop continues with a super-G on Saturday and a giant slalom on Sunday, live on NBC Sports. A full broadcast schedule is here.

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Roger Federer takes in World Champs with Lindsey Vonn

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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.

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Travis Ganong takes Worlds downhill silver behind Swiss (video)

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Who will American downhill fans turn to if Bode Miller retires? Travis Ganong is your man.

Ganong, 26, grabbed silver in the World Championships downhill in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Saturday, the biggest result of his burgeoning career.

“I’ve been dreaming of this race all winter,” Ganong said. “This is the best moment of my career.”

Swiss Patrick Kueng earned gold, .24 ahead of Ganong. Another Swiss, Beat Feuz, was third, .31 behind. Three-time U.S. Olympian Steven Nyman was fourth, .03 out of the medals. (full results here)

None of the top five skiers had won an Olympic or Worlds medal before.

Ganong, a Squaw Valley, Calif., native, impressed with a fifth place in his Olympic debut in the Sochi downhill last year.

He made his first World Cup podium one month later and notched his first World Cup victory on Dec. 28.

“It’s a building process,” Ganong said. “You have to learn how to ski downhill. It’s a dangerous sport.”

Ganong became the first American to win a Worlds downhill medal since Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves went one-two in 2005.

Miller, 37, told NBC’s Dan Hicks that he’s “leaning pretty heavy towards” retiring following his World Championships super-G crash Thursday.

The retired Rahlves was a forerunner for Saturday’s race and rode a chair lift with Ganong.

“[Rahlves] was an idol of mine growing up,” Ganong recently said. “I really try to emulate my skiing from what he did.”

The two go hiking and mountain biking in the summer, and they watched film two days ago of Rahlves’ 2003 World Cup downhill win on the same hill. Ganong said he learned some of Rahlves’ “tricks and tactics,” according to The Associated Press.

Ganong was part of a surprising podium Saturday.

Kueng, 31, became the first Swiss man to win the World Championships downhill in 18 years. Kueng entered with two World Cup victories in 84 starts and a best Olympic/Worlds finish of seventh.

He won his first World Cup race on the Beaver Creek Birds of Prey course on Dec. 7, 2013, and nearly crashed there two months ago.

Feuz, 27, entered with five World Cup victories, but none in almost three years. His best Olympic/Worlds finish before Saturday was ninth.

No Austrian man finished in the top 10 of a World Championships downhill for the first time since at least 1939, perhaps ever, according to International Ski Federation records.

The World Championships continue with Ted Ligety defending his title in the super combined Sunday (NBC and Live Extra, 5 p.m. ET).

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