Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
German skier takes first career win on iconic Streif slope.
It’s been a great season for Thomas Dressen, 24, who took his first World Cup podium in the Beaver Creek downhill last December. Before tackling the Streif in Kitzbuehel, he watched the runs of the athletes who raced before him, analyzing it and adapting his own race line accordingly.
He’s now third in the downhill standings, directly behind Aksel Lund Svindal and Beat Feuz, and one point ahead of Kjetil Jansrud.
The Streif in Kitzbuehel is one of the toughest and most challenging course on the World Cup Tour. Experienced athletes usually top this spectacular race: Dominik Paris, Peter Fill, Kjetil Jansrud, Hannes Reichelt, Didier Cuche and Didier Defago are amongst the previous winners. But this Saturday, it’s one of the younger guys on the start list who made it to the top of the podium.
Tomorrow (Sunday), the Kitzbuehel slalom will be held on the Ganslernhang at 10:30 and 13:30.
Thomas Dressen fact file
– Born on November 22, 1993, this is only his third World Cup season.
– Did you know? This is the first World Cup downhill victory for Germany in 13 years.
– Did you also know? He’s the son of a biathlon athlete who died in an accident in Sölden when he was young.