Rahlves Wins Beaver Creek DH-1
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (Dec. 5) - Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA), battling the remnants of a cold but skiing with double motivation, tore through Birds of Prey's heralded speed run Friday and won his fifth World Cup downhill. Norway's Bjarne Solbakken and Austrian Stephan Eberharter tied for second while Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) crashed after leading midway through the race and Bryon Friedman (Park City, UT), skiing 40th, was an unofficial 23rd for his first World Cup points.
The race, which was moved Wednesday because of poor conditions in Val d'Isere, France, tentatively is scheduled to be shown on Outdoor Life Network on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. EST with a repeat broadcast Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. EST.
Rahlves, whose winning time was an unofficial 1:39.59, was hit by the cold last week at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies and has battled it since arriving in Beaver Creek. However, he said he was inspired by Thursday's injury to teammate Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA), a close friend from the Lake Tahoe area, in the lone training run for the three days of racing at the Chevy Truck Birds of Prey World Cup.
"I've wanted to win in the United States and I just skied with my heart today, and I wanted to do well for Marco," Rahlves said. "That [the two goals] was a lot of motivation there." He spoke with Sullivan, who was at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in nearby Vail, facing knee surgery after a training run crash, but Rahlves didn't get to see him because of pre-race preparations, he said.
"It was definitely a good run. I took maximum risks all the way. I still wasn't feeling like I had all the energy I wanted," Rahlves said, "but it was one of those runs you pull everything. I hammered as hard as I could...
"I've been sick – it's been a battle all week to get back, and I wasn't as close as I wanted, but I love this hill and I told myself, 'It's one run and I can make it happen.'"