Aspen’s Wiley Maple finishes 30th in Olympic downhill; Svindal wins gold
Aspen’s Wiley Maple made his Olympic debut Thursday in South Korea, taking 30th in the men’s downhill in Pyeongchang. With bib No. 30, Maple’s time of 1 minute, 43.72 seconds initially put him into 28th before a pair of later racers bested his time.
Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal won Olympic gold with bib No. 7. He had a time of 1:40.25. This is Svindal’s second Olympic gold after also winning the super-G at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
Fellow Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud won silver in 1:40.37 and Switzerland’s Beat Feuz bronze in 1:40.43. Austria’s Matthias Mayer, the 2014 Sochi downhill gold medalist, was ninth.
Bryce Bennett was the top American in Thursday’s downhill, finishing 16th. Jared Goldberg was 20th and Ryan Cochran-Siegle was 23rd, with Maple rounding out the U.S. contingent.
There were 53 skiers who finished their run. The race had originally been scheduled for last Sunday in Korea, but was postponed because of high wind.
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