The Associated PressASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Hannes Reichelt doesn’t feel even close to over the hill. On the contrary, the Austrian standout feels faster than ever on it.
Reichelt became the second-oldest racer to win a World Cup super-G as he cruised through a challenging course virtually mistake-free on Thursday.
Reichelt navigated the tricky setup in 1 minute 8.22 seconds to beat Dominik Paris of Italy by 0.11 seconds at World Cup Finals. Swiss skier Mauro Caviezel and Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde tied for third.
At 36, Reichelt has uncovered another burst of speed, especially after a back surgery in September has him feeling almost as good as new. Only Didier Cuche of Switzerland was older when winning a World Cup super-G. Cuche was 37 when he beat Reichelt & Co. in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, on Feb. 24, 2012.
“Everybody is talking about that in ski sport — 36 and you’re the old guy,” Reichelt said. “I think with that age and that experience, you’re getting really good and maybe the thinking that the sport is for younger guys, like 20 or 25, maybe that’s the wrong thinking. In downhill and super-G, it’s very important, the experience. For me, speed events are good for old guys.”
Weirather wins women’s event
Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein turned in a smooth run to win a World Cup race at World Cup Finals and overtake Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec for the super-G crown.
The challenging course resulted in several big crashes, including American Lindsey Vonn hitting a panel and sliding down before going into the safety nets. She eventually skied to the finish and waved to the crowd.
Trailing Stuhec by 15 points in the standings, Weirather held nothing back and finished in 1 minute 11.66 seconds. Two racers later, Stuhec ended in second, 0.35 seconds behind. Federica Brignone of Italy was third.Speech