Reichelt uses experience to win Super-G gold

Thu Feb 5, 2015 4:36pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado (Reuters) - Beaver Creek specialist Hannes Reichelt of Austria turned his experience into a first alpine ski world championship gold medal with a storming run in the men's Super-G on Thursday.

Winner of a World Cup Super-G on the same plunging Birds of Prey course in December, Reichelt clocked a winning time of one minute, 15.68 seconds down the sun-kissed layout.

"This is an amazing day," said Reichelt, who is competing in his sixth world championships. "After a really difficult and tough race, to be at the top of the podium is a dream come true."

It was his first world championship gold, and his second medal overall having claimed silver at the 2011 worlds in Garmisch.

Unheralded Canadian Dustin Cook was second while Frenchman Adrien Theaux took third.

Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud, the Olympic champion and gold medal favourite after winning twice this season in World Cup Super-G, finished fourth after hitting the first gate and injuring his left shoulder.

However, International Ski Federation officials said Jansrud's injury was not serious and the 29-year-old is expected to compete in the downhill later this week.

Beaver Creek has long been a favourite venue for the 34-year-old Reichelt, who has three wins and six podium finishes at the posh Colorado resort.   Continued...

Hannes Reichelt celebrates after completing his run during the men's Super G in the FIS alpine skiing world championships at Birds of Prey Racecourse. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports