Alpine skiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics – Men's downhill
at the XXII Olympic Winter Games
|Venue||Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort
Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
|Date||9 February 2014|
|Competitors||49 from 24 nations|
|Alpine skiing at the
2014 Winter Olympics
|Vertical||1,075 m (3,527 ft)|
|Top elevation||2,045 m (6,709 ft)|
|Base elevation||970 m (3,182 ft)|
The men's downhill competition of the 2014 Winter Olympics was held at Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort near Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on 9 February at 11:15 MSK. The race course was longer than average at 3.495 km (2.17 mi), with a vertical drop of 1,075 m (3,527 ft).
The defending champion was Didier Défago from Switzerland. Aksel Lund Svindal, silver medalist in 2010, and bronze medalist Bode Miller also participated, with Miller posting the best training time. None of the 2010 medalists returned to the podium.
Matthias Mayer of Austria won the gold medal, with Christof Innerhofer from Italy in second and Kjetil Jansrud from Norway taking bronze. Mayer had an average speed of 99.675 km/h (61.94 mph) and an average vertical descent rate of 8.516 m/s (27.94 ft/s).
Third racer on the course was Carlo Janka, who took the early lead, soon pushed to the third position by Travis Ganong and immediately after him by Jansrud. Starting 11th, Mayer overtook Jansrud by 0.10 seconds, and Svindal was 0.19 behind Jansrud. Innerhofer was ahead of Mayer's pace in the first half of the course, but fell back and finished 0.06 seconds behind Mayer, pushing Jansrud to the bronze medal position. No competitor after Innerhofer, including Défago, finished in the top nine.
The race was started at 11:15.
- "Competition Schedule". SOCOG. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "Mayer produces the run of his life to win Gold". Racer Ready. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
- "Matthias Mayer storms to gold on perilous Rosa Khutor downhill course". Daily Telegraph. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
- Final Results