Who will American downhill fans spin to if Bode Miller retires? Travis Ganong is your man.
Ganong, 26, grabbed china in a World Championships downhill in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Saturday, a biggest outcome of his burgeoning career.
“I’ve been forgetful of this competition all winter,” Ganong said. “This is a best impulse of my career.”
Swiss Patrick Kueng earned gold, .24 forward of Ganong. Another Swiss, Beat Feuz, was third, .31 behind. Three-time U.S. Olympian Steven Nyman was fourth, .03 out of a medals. (full formula here)
None of a tip 5 skiers had won an Olympic or Worlds award before.
Ganong, a Squaw Valley, Calif., native, tender with a fifth place in his Olympic entrance in a Sochi downhill final year.
He done his initial World Cup lectern one month after and notched his initial World Cup feat on Dec. 28.
“It’s a building process,” Ganong said. “You have to learn how to ski downhill. It’s a dangerous sport.”
Ganong became a initial American to win a Worlds downhill award since Bode Miller and Daron Rahlves went one-two in 2005.
Miller, 37, told NBC’s Dan Hicks that he’s “leaning flattering complicated towards” retiring following his World Championships super-G pile-up Thursday.
The late Rahlves was a foregoer for Saturday’s competition and rode a chair lift with Ganong.
“[Rahlves] was an statue of cave flourishing up,” Ganong recently said. “I unequivocally try to obey my skiing from what he did.”
The dual go hiking and towering biking in a summer, and they watched film dual days ago of Rahlves’ 2003 World Cup downhill win on a same hill. Ganong pronounced he schooled some of Rahlves’ “tricks and tactics,” according to The Associated Press.
Ganong was partial of a startling lectern Saturday.
Kueng, 31, became a initial Swiss male to win a World Championships downhill in 18 years. Kueng entered with dual World Cup victories in 84 starts and a best Olympic/Worlds finish of seventh.
He won his initial World Cup competition on a Beaver Creek Birds of Prey march on Dec. 7, 2013, and nearly crashed there dual months ago.
Feuz, 27, entered with 5 World Cup victories, though nothing in roughly 3 years. His best Olympic/Worlds finish before Saturday was ninth.
No Austrian male finished in a tip 10 of a World Championships downhill for a initial time given during slightest 1939, maybe ever, according to International Ski Federation records.
The World Championships continue with Ted Ligety defending his pretension in a super total Sunday (NBC and Live Extra, 5 p.m. ET).