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Alpine Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Men's Downhill

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Snowbasin Ski Resort, Huntsville, Utah
Date Started: February 10, 2002
Date Finished: February 10, 2002

Gold: AUT Fritz Strobl
Silver: NOR Lasse Kjus
Bronze: AUT Stephan Eberharter

Summary

In keeping with tradition this was the first Alpine event of the 2002 Winter Olympics, held over the Grizzly Run at the Snowbasin Ski Area. The best downhiller since the Nagano Olympics had been Hermann Maier who won the 2000-2001 World Cup and the 1999 World Championships. But in August 2001, he was in a very serious motorcycle accident and doctors feared that they might have to amputate his leg. Able to save the leg with major reconstructive surgery, his ski career thought to be over, Maier would return to the World Cup circuit in January 2003. In his absence the best downhiller in 2001-02 was his teammate, Stephan Eberharter, who was leading the World Cup after winning five of eight races prior to the Winter Olympics. Eberharter went off as the ninth starter and took the lead with a time of 1:39.41. The next skier was another Austrian, Fritz Strobl, who was second in the 2001-02 World Cup standings. Strobl edged ahead of Eberharter with his 1:39.13. The biggest remaining challengers were the Norwegians, Lasse Kjus and Kjetil André Aamodt, but they could not better Strobl, who won the gold medal. Kjus did move ahead of Eberharter to take silver, while Aamodt placed fourth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Fritz Strobl 29 Austria AUT Gold 1:39.13
2 Lasse Kjus 31 Norway NOR Silver 1:39.35
3 Stephan Eberharter 32 Austria AUT Bronze 1:39.41
4 Kjetil André Aamodt 30 Norway NOR 1:39.78
5 Claude Crétier 24 France FRA 1:39.96
6 Christian Greber 30 Austria AUT 1:40.00
7 Fredrik Nyberg 32 Sweden SWE 1:40.30
8 Ambrosi Hoffmann 24 Switzerland SUI 1:40.31
9 Marco Sullivan 21 United States USA 1:40.37
10 Sébastien Fournier-Bidoz 25 France FRA 1:40.39
11 Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin 24 France FRA 1:40.58
12T Bjarne Solbakken 24 Norway NOR 1:40.74
12T Antoine Dénériaz 25 France FRA 1:40.74
14 Didier Cuche 27 Switzerland SUI 1:40.76
15 Franco Cavegn 31 Switzerland SUI 1:40.81
16 Daron Rahlves 28 United States USA 1:40.84
17 Roland Fischnaller 26 Italy ITA 1:40.85
18 Patrik Järbyn 32 Sweden SWE 1:41.05
19 Alessandro Fattori 28 Italy ITA 1:41.24
20 Christoph Gruber 25 Austria AUT 1:41.25
21 Didier Défago 24 Switzerland SUI 1:41.27
22 Kurt Sulzenbacher 25 Italy ITA 1:41.56
23 Peter Pen 29 Slovenia SLO 1:41.66
24 Ed Podivinsky 31 Canada CAN 1:41.69
25 Kenneth Sivertsen 28 Norway NOR 1:41.70
26 Jürgen Hasler 28 Liechtenstein LIE 1:41.76
27 Jakub Fiala 26 United States USA 1:41.84
28 Andrej Jerman 23 Slovenia SLO 1:41.85
29T Marco Büchel 30 Liechtenstein LIE 1:41.86
29T Scott Macartney 24 United States USA 1:41.86
31 Gregor Šparovec 24 Slovenia SLO 1:41.88
32 Darin McBeath 25 Canada CAN 1:42.15
33 Jernej Koblar 30 Slovenia SLO 1:42.31
34 Max Rauffer 29 Germany GER 1:42.52
35 Kristian Ghedina 32 Italy ITA 1:42.54
36 Maksim Kedrin 19 Russia RUS 1:43.04
37 AJ Bear 25 Australia AUS 1:43.19
38 Dave Anderson 22 Canada CAN 1:43.20
39 Ondřej Bank 21 Czech Republic CZE 1:43.33
40 Borek Zakouřil 25 Czech Republic CZE 1:43.63
41 Andrey Filichkin 27 Russia RUS 1:43.73
42 Yasuyuki Takishita 26 Japan JPN 1:43.75
43 Pavel Shestakov 21 Russia RUS 1:44.35
44 Sergey Komarov 18 Russia RUS 1:45.25
45 Craig Branch 24 Australia AUS 1:45.34
46 Jan Holický 28 Czech Republic CZE 1:45.49
47 Ivan Heimschild 21 Slovakia SVK 1:46.36
48 Maui Gayme 18 Chile CHI 1:47.63
49 Mykola Skriabin 23 Ukraine UKR 1:47.65
50 Mikael Gayme 22 Chile CHI 1:48.37
51 Alex Heath 23 South Africa RSA 1:48.84
52 Nicolás Arsel 19 Argentina ARG 1:49.75
53 Patrick-Paul Schwarzacher-Joyce 29 Ireland IRL 1:54.42
AC Cristian Simari Birkner 21 Argentina ARG DQ