Emerging Swiss standout Beat Feuz celebrated his 25th birthday in style Saturday by winning the inaugural World Cup downhill on the course for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, according to ESPN.
American Bode Miller was fastest midway down but then made a big mistake and finished fourth, missing the podium by just 0.02 seconds.
After his third win of the season, Feuz was presented with his award by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during the podium presentation for the country’s first full World Cup race.
“This will remain an unbelievable moment in my life,” Feuz said. “Winning such an important downhill on my birthday and then being awarded by Medvedev is just incredible.”
Elsewhere, after she was beaten for the first time this season in Kranjska Gora three weeks ago, Marlies Schild found a second wind to win the Soldeu-Granvalira World Cup slalom on Saturday.
The Austrian snatched her sixth victory in seven slaloms in a combined time of one minute and 39.44 seconds aided by luck and the weather.
“I’m very happy because it was a real fight,” Schild told Eurosport. “I’m sorry for Tanja that she could not really challenge me because that’s what slalom is all about. But it was not easy for anyone”.