Bright sunshine and perfect conditions - the Saslong presented itself from its most attractive side on the day of the downhill in this anniversary year only competing with a beaming Aksel Lund Svindal who captured his sixth gold on the Saslong.
The ski world is bowing down to a legend: Aksel Lund Svindal shows his dominance for the sixth time on the Saslong. With a lead of 0.59 seconds over his team mate Kjetil Jansrud, Svindal placed at the top of the podium with bib number 13 - and this despite reported knee pain. It seems that the Norwegians are a recipe for success on the Saslong: they have claimed seven of the last 12 races here in Val Gardena/Gröden.
Last year's winner Max Franz from Austria finished in third place. Fourth went to the Swiss Gilles Roulin, who started with bib number 32 followed by Christof Innerhofer in fifth and another South Tyrolean Domink Paris in sixth place, the latter tied with Austrian Romed Baumann.
It was Hannes Reichelt who opened today's downhill as planned at 12:15 pm in front of picture book scenery. Optimal weather and course conditions made today's race a very special one: 14,000 spectators came to Val Gardena/Gröden this Saturday to watch the spectacular race on the Saslong live. In the last few days, there were still fog and snowfall, which presented the organizers with numerous challenges and these were made up with today's top conditions. Breathtaking pictures went from Val Gardena/Gröden to the whole world - the Saslong could not have wished for a better culmination to its 50th anniversary.
You can find the result list of today's downhill here!