Alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's downhill

The Men's Downhill competition of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics was held at Whistler Creekside in Whistler, British Columbia. The competition was scheduled for Saturday, February 13, but was postponed due to rain and warm temperatures;[1] it was held on Monday, February 15.[2][3]

Men's Downhill
at the XXI Olympic Winter Games
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VenueWhistler Creekside
DateFebruary 15, 2010
Competitors64 from 28 nations
Winning time1:54.31
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Didier Défago  Switzerland
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Aksel Lund Svindal  Norway
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Bode Miller  United States
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Men's Downhill
LocationWhistler Creekside
Dave Murray Downhill
Vertical   853 m (2,799 ft)
Top elevation1,678 m (5,505 ft)  
Base elevation   825 m (2,707 ft)

The defending Olympic champion was Antoine Dénériaz of France and the reigning world champion was John Kucera of Canada; neither competed as Dénériaz had retired and Kucera was out for the season with a broken leg. Austrian Michael Walchhofer was the defending World Cup downhill champion and Didier Cuche of Switzerland led the current season, ahead of teammate Carlo Janka and Walchhofer.

Switzerland's Didier Défago won the gold medal, Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway took the silver, and the bronze medalist was Bode Miller of the United States;[4] Cuche was sixth, Walchhofer tenth, and Janka eleventh.

The vertical drop of the Dave Murray Downhill course was 853 m (2,799 ft), starting at an elevation of 1,678 m (5,505 ft) above sea level, with a length of 3.105 km (1.929 mi).[5] Défago's winning time of 114.31 seconds yielded an average course speed of 97.787 km/h (60.8 mph), with an average vertical descent speed of 7.462 m/s (24.5 ft/s).

This was the seventeenth edition of the men's downhill at the Olympics and the time margins between the medalists were the closest in history; only 0.09 seconds separated gold and bronze.

ResultsEdit

The race was started at 10:30 local time, (UTC −8). At the starting gate, the skies were cloudy, the temperature was −1.9 °C (28.6 °F), and the snow condition was granular; the temperature at the finish was 2.5 °C (36.5 °F).

Rank Bib Name Country Time Difference
  18 Didier Défago   Switzerland 1:54.31 0.00
  16 Aksel Lund Svindal   Norway 1:54.38 +0.07
  8 Bode Miller   United States 1:54.40 +0.09
4 15 Mario Scheiber   Austria 1:54.52 +0.21
5 9 Erik Guay   Canada 1:54.64 +0.33
6 22 Didier Cuche   Switzerland 1:54.67 +0.36
7 3 David Poisson   France 1:54.82 +0.51
8 10 Marco Büchel   Liechtenstein 1:54.84 +0.53
9 13 Klaus Kröll   Austria 1:54.87 +0.56
10 17 Michael Walchhofer   Austria 1:54.88 +0.57
11 20 Carlo Janka   Switzerland 1:55.02 +0.71
12 11 Hans Olsson   Sweden 1:55.19 +0.88
21 Werner Heel   Italy
14 33 Rok Perko   Slovenia 1:55.26 +0.95
15 25 Peter Fill   Italy 1:55.29 +0.98
16 26 Adrien Theaux   France 1:55.40 +1.09
17 19 Manuel Osborne-Paradis   Canada 1:55.44 +1.13
18 30 Ivica Kostelić   Croatia 1:55.49 +1.18
19 24 Christof Innerhofer   Italy 1:55.58 +1.27
20 6 Steven Nyman   United States 1:55.71 +1.40
21 4 Andrew Weibrecht   United States 1:55.74 +1.43
22 2 Hans Grugger   Austria 1:55.81 +1.50
23 14 Ambrosi Hoffmann   Switzerland 1:56.04 +1.73
24 32 Stephan Keppler   Germany 1:56.11 +1.80
25 31 Jan Hudec   Canada 1:56.19 +1.88
26 34 Guillermo Fayed   France 1:56.20 +1.89
27 28 Johan Clarey   France 1:56.29 +1.98
28 12 Andrej Jerman   Slovenia 1:56.35 +2.04
29 1 Patrik Järbyn   Sweden 1:56.58 +2.27
30 38 Ondřej Bank   Czech Republic 1:56.66 +2.35
31 36 Kjetil Jansrud   Norway 1:56.69 +2.38
42 Lars Elton Myhre   Norway
33 5 Natko Zrnčić-Dim   Croatia 1:57.02 +2.71
34 39 Craig Branch   Australia 1:57.19 +2.88
35 29 Patrick Staudacher   Italy 1:57.21 +2.90
36 35 Petr Záhrobský   Czech Republic 1:57.44 +3.13
37 40 Andrej Križaj   Slovenia 1:57.72 +3.41
38 43 Edward Drake   Great Britain 1:57.91 +3.60
39 45 Jono Brauer   Australia 1:58.08 +3.77
40 48 Kryštof Krýzl   Czech Republic 1:58.43 +4.12
41 52 Ivan Ratkić   Croatia 1:58.58 +4.27
42 37 Andreas Romar   Finland 1:58.71 +4.40
43 50 Markus Larsson   Sweden 1:58.82 +4.51
44 41 Ferran Terra   Spain 1:58.85 +4.54
45 51 Aleksandr Khoroshilov   Russia 1:59.21 +4.90
46 55 Truls Ove Karlsen   Norway 1:59.52 +5.21
47 54 Kevin Esteve Rigail   Andorra 1:59.61 +5.30
48 58 Roger Vidosa   Andorra 1:59.65 +5.34
49 44 Maui Gayme   Chile 1:59.76 +5.45
50 46 Igor Zakurdaev   Kazakhstan 1:59.80 +5.49
51 49 Paul de la Cuesta   Spain 1:59.84 +5.53
52 59 Jaroslav Babušiak   Slovakia 1:59.99 +5.68
53 56 Johnny Albertsen   Denmark 2:00.12 +5.81
54 63 Stepan Zuev   Russia 2:00.58 +6.27
55 47 Cristian Javier Simari Birkner   Argentina 2:01.67 +7.36
56 61 Jorge Mandru   Chile 2:01.72 +7.41
57 53 Filip Trejbal   Czech Republic 2:02.57 +8.26
58 57 Roberts Rode   Latvia 2:03.36 +9.05
59 64 Andrei Drygin   Tajikistan 2:04.44 +10.13
7 Andrej Šporn   Slovenia DNF
23 Robbie Dixon   Canada DNF
60 Dragoș Staicu   Romania DNF
62 Stefan Georgiev   Bulgaria DNF
27 Marco Sullivan   United States DSQ

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Vancouver 2010.com Archived 2009-06-09 at the Wayback Machine - schedules by sport
  2. ^ Vancouver 2010.com Archived 2010-12-26 at the Wayback Machine - results
  3. ^ FIS-ski.com Archived 2010-02-17 at the Wayback Machine 2010 Winter Olympics - Men's Downhill - results
  4. ^ Layden, Tim (February 22, 2010). "The spirit is back". Sports Illustrated. p. 32.
  5. ^ FIS-ski.com Archived 2010-03-31 at the Wayback Machine - race results .pdf

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