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Alpine Skiing at the 2006 Torino Winter Games:

Men's Downhill

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Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Sestriere Borgata
Date Started: February 12, 2006
Date Finished: February 12, 2006

Gold: FRA Antoine Dénériaz
Silver: AUT Michael Walchhofer
Bronze: SUI Bruno Kernen

Summary

This was the traditional first Alpine event of the Winter Olympics, and was contested on the Kandahar Banchetta course at Borgata Sestriere. One change was that the number of seeded skiers had been increased to 30, from the standard 15. The leading contenders were American Bode Miller, the 2005 World Champion and overall World Cup winner, Austrian Michael Walchhofer, 2005 World Cup downhill titlist and leading the 2005-06 World Cup, and another American, Daron Rahlves, who had been runner-up at the 2005 World Championships. Walchhofer was off 10th, the first favorite to leave the starthouse, and recorded 1:49.52. Miller was off 18th and Rahlves 20th and neither approached his time, which left him looking like the gold medalist. But the final seeded skier was France's Antoine Dénériaz, and he shattered the leaders' times with 1:48.80 to win the gold medal, his first ever victory in a major international downhill. The bronze medalist was a bit of a blast from the past, as Switzerland's Bruno Kernen had been downhill World Champion in 1997, and had won three World Cup downhills, two in 1997 and one in 2003. Miller placed fifth and Rahlves 10th.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Antoine Dénériaz 29 France FRA Gold 1:48.80
2 Michael Walchhofer 30 Austria AUT Silver 1:49.52
3 Bruno Kernen 33 Switzerland SUI Bronze 1:49.82
4 Kjetil André Aamodt 34 Norway NOR 1:49.88
5 Bode Miller 28 United States USA 1:49.93
6 Hermann Maier 33 Austria AUT 1:50.00
7 Marco Büchel 34 Liechtenstein LIE 1:50.04
8 Fritz Strobl 33 Austria AUT 1:50.12
9 Patrick Staudacher 25 Italy ITA 1:50.29
10 Daron Rahlves 32 United States USA 1:50.33
11 Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin 28 France FRA 1:50.35
12 Tobias Grünenfelder 28 Switzerland SUI 1:50.44
13 Manuel Osborne-Paradis 22 Canada CAN 1:50.45
14 Lasse Kjus 35 Norway NOR 1:50.64
15 Scott Macartney 28 United States USA 1:50.68
16 François Bourque 21 Canada CAN 1:50.70
17 Ambrosi Hoffmann 28 Switzerland SUI 1:50.72
18 Kurt Sulzenbacher 29 Italy ITA 1:50.84
19T Steve Nyman 23 United States USA 1:50.88
19T Peter Fill 23 Italy ITA 1:50.88
21 Aksel Lund Svindal 23 Norway NOR 1:50.90
22 Klaus Kröll 25 Austria AUT 1:50.91
23 Kristian Ghedina 36 Italy ITA 1:50.98
24 Yannick Bertrand 25 France FRA 1:51.37
25 Finlay Mickel 28 Great Britain GBR 1:51.48
26 Didier Défago 28 Switzerland SUI 1:51.51
27 John Kucera 21 Canada CAN 1:51.55
28 Andrej Jerman 27 Slovenia SLO 1:51.70
29 Bjarne Solbakken 28 Norway NOR 1:51.72
30 Pavel Shestakov 25 Russia RUS 1:51.93
31 Andrej Šporn 24 Slovenia SLO 1:52.17
32 Craig Branch 29 Australia AUS 1:52.55
33 Patrik Järbyn 36 Sweden SWE 1:52.87
34 Petr Záhrobský 25 Czech Republic CZE 1:52.90
35 Claudio Sprecher 25 Liechtenstein LIE 1:53.34
36 Borek Zakouřil 29 Czech Republic CZE 1:54.07
37 Roger Cruickshank 23 Great Britain GBR 1:54.65
38 Aleksandr Khoroshilov 21 Russia RUS 1:54.70
39 Alex Antor 26 Andorra AND 1:55.01
40 Konstantin Sats 23 Russia RUS 1:55.03
41 Mikael Gayme 26 Chile CHI 1:55.73
42 Maui Gayme 22 Chile CHI 1:56.10
43 Nikolai Hentsch 22 Brazil BRA 1:56.58
44 Michał Kałwa 27 Poland POL 1:56.81
45 Jaroslav Babušiak 21 Slovakia SVK 1:57.45
46 Renārs Doršs 20 Latvia LAT 1:57.54
47 Mykola Skriabin 27 Ukraine UKR 1:57.56
48 Sindri Már Pálsson 23 Iceland ISL 1:57.69
49 Jorge Mandrú 19 Chile CHI 1:58.77
50 Roger Vidosa 21 Andorra AND 1:59.24
51 Andrey Drygin 28 Tajikistan TJK 1:59.41
52 Alex Heath 27 South Africa RSA 1:59.79
53 Florentin Nicolae 24 Romania ROU 2:00.93
AC Ondřej Bank 25 Czech Republic CZE DNF
AC Ivan Heimschild 25 Slovakia SVK DNF