BEAVER CREEK, Colo. - For some of the skiers, the super-G course was so treacherous and tricky that it was a wipeout waiting to happen.
For Matteo Marsaglia, the hill was just risky enough that it presented an opportunity to finally break through.
The 27-year-old Italian took big gambles in places where few others would Saturday, Dec. 1 for his first World Cup victory. He finished in 1 minute, 14.68 seconds to edge Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway by 0.27 seconds. Hannes Reichelt of Austria was third, and Ted Ligety of the United States wound up fourth.
Photo by Eric Schramm
Tommy Biesemeyer of Keene races down the challenging Birds of Prey super-G course Saturday, Dec. 1 in Beaver Creek, Colo. Biesemeyer turned in his best World Cup finish after placing 18th.
"If you want to win, you need to take some risks," said Marsaglia, who had never finished better than fourth before this race. "On this slope, you need to take some risks, be lucky a little bit. I was lucky."
Tommy Biesemeyer of Keene had a career best World Cup finish when he took 18th in Saturday's Birds of Prey super-G.
"I'm good at turning and feel I'm a good tactical skier. Today suited my style," Biesemeyer said. "You had to ski smart. You had to really attack the turns and the speed was controlled through the tightness of the course. That really amped me up going into the race.
"Getting the course report I was pretty nervous just because I knew you had to ditch speed in places and that's not too comforting. It's a fine line to know what's too much and what's too little. But I skied tactically smart, I skied aggressive loose and athletic - and that's my goal always."
Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid posted a DNF after the first run in the same race.
"It is nice to be home for a little reboot, then it's europe and turn this season around time," Weibrecht posted on his Facebook page Sunday night.
The margin between a good run and going off course was slim on the tight Birds of Prey layout. There were 16 skiers who didn't finish - along with one who didn't even start - and several big wipeouts.
On Friday, Weibrecht placed 37th in the downhill event with a time of 1:43.83. Ted Ligety was the top American with a 31st place finish, followed by Steve Nyman in 33rd.
Christof Innerhofer won the event in 1:41.69 to beat out Svindal by 0.23 seconds.