American downhiller Travis Ganong let out a scream and lifted his left arm in celebration as soon as he crossed the line. As the sixth starter, he had just gone top of the leaderboard at the classic men’s World Cup downhill on the Streif course on Friday.
Ganong clicked out of his skis but before he left the finish zone, he turned around to watch a large screen next to the course that was repeating footage of him coming down one of the most demanding hills on the circuit.
“It was a really good run,” said Ganong, who ultimately placed seventh in the race that was won by Norwegian standout Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.
With the Beijing Olympics looming, it was Ganong’s best downhill result of the season — and it came at a time when he least expected it.
In last week’s downhill in Wengen, another iconic World Cup resort, Ganong tweaked his back.