Winters Top 15 In Kitzbuehel Slalom
Luke Winters charged through snowy conditions and challenging terrain to take 11th in Saturday's slalom at the Hahenkamm-Rennen in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Winters, who has fought vigorously to get into the points from the back of the pack throughout the season, was not incredibly happy with his skiing but was thankful to have finished two runs in tough conditions. Twenty-two men in the field did not finish the first run, and 11 men did not finish the second run, leaving 19 men standing in the points by the end of second run.
"I know there's a lot more speed there and I know I can ski a lot better than that, said Winters. "But it is what it is, it's Kitzbuehel, and it's crazy, there's terrain, and not one turn is the same. So I'm happy with my execution as far as keeping it rolling and keeping the speed at the bottom of both runs but I know there's more there. It feels good to end up 11th with that skiing, get some more points and score another result which all helps me."
Dave Ryding of Great Britain took the win for the first time in his career at the age of 35. Norway's young gun Lucas Braathen took second, followed by fellow Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen in third. Ryding made history with his victory, becoming Great Britain's first-ever alpine skiing World Cup victor.
Ben Ritchie qualified for a second run in 25th from a start number of 43 but did not finish his second run, straddling mid-way through the course. Jett Seymour did not qualify for a second run. George Steffey and Alex Leever did not finish first run.
Next on the men's slalom circuit is the legendary night slalom in Schladming, the last slalom stop before the men head to Beijing for the Winter Olympic Games. On Friday, Winters was officially named as a member of the U.S. Olympic Alpine Team and will represent the U.S. Ski Team in the men's slalom in his first-ever Olympics at the age of 24.
HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST.
Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022
5:45 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Super-G - LIVE, Cortina d'Ampezzo, ITA, Streaming Ski and Snowboard Live, Streaming Peacock
7:30 a.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Downhill - LIVE, Kitzbuehel, AUT, Streaming Peacock and skiworldcup.live
2:00 p.m. FIS Alpine World Cup Men’s Downhill - delayed broadcast, Kitzbuehel, AUT, Broadcast CNBC