Swiss hat trick on the Lauberhorn
The mighty Lauberhorn is with doubt the most prestigious downhill race of the ski season and 2020’s race, on 18 January, was no exception.
The Lauberhorn is considered the most physically demanding of all the World Cup downhill races – it’s 4.48km long (most World Cup downhill courses are around 3.2km) so each race is 30-45 seconds longer than the average downhill, with some tough terrain including the Hundschopf jump and the Haneggschuss, the fastest stretch of course on the downhill circuit. The 2020 course, however, was shortened to 2.95km, starting lower down the mountain after a night of heavy snow – the first snowfall in several weeks for Wengen.
Once again, this season’s main rivals Italian Dominik Paris and Swiss Beat Feuz battled it out, with Feuz taking the crown on home snow, skiing a flawless second run in 1 minute 42.53 seconds.
Hot on his heels, Paris finished 0.29 seconds behind in second place, with German Thomas Dressen in third place, 0.31 seconds behind Feuz.
The podium for the Lauberhorn fittingly was made up of the only winners of the five World Cup downhills to date this season. Feuz has already won the World Cup downhill at Beaver Creek, Colorado this season, and came second and third to Paris in Bormio last month.
This victory makes it a hat-trick for the Swiss, Beat Feuz, 32, who won in 2012 and 2019 – making him level with Austrian ski legend Franz Klammer, who won in Wengen in 1975, 1976 and 1977.