Vincent Kriechmayr wins downhill at World Cup Finals

SOLDEU, Andorra -- It's been the script all season long in men's World Cup downhills: If Aleksander Aamodt Kilde doesn't win, then Vincent Kriechmayr will.

Kriechmayr took advantage of Kilde being slightly off his game at the World Cup finals Wednesday to take his fourth race win of the season.

Kriechmayr, 31, was fast on the lower half of the 1.6-mile course to finish 0.09 seconds ahead of Romed Baumann. Andreas Sander was third, 0.13 back.

Kilde, who already retained the season-long World Cup downhill title with six race wins in the discipline, finished 0.30 behind in a tie for sixth. He was presented with his crystal globe trophy after the race.

The final downhill of the World Cup season was also a career farewell for veterans Johan Clarey and Travis Ganong, who placed 12th and 20th, respectively. Both were greeted in the finish area with showers of Champagne from teammates and friends.

Clarey, 42, retires as the reigning Olympic silver medalist with six runner-up finishes in World Cup downhills but no wins.

The popular Frenchman does, however, hold a World Cup record that might never be beaten when speed is now more controlled on carefully managed courses. Clarey clocked a speed of 100.6 mph in a 2013 race at Wengen, Switzerland. The fastest speed Wednesday under perfect blue skies in Andorra was close to 81 mph by Otmar Striedinger, who finished eighth.

Kriechmayr's 16th career World Cup race win was his ninth in downhill. The Austrian also took gold at the 2021 world championships.

Marco Odermatt, who succeeded Kriechmayr as world champion last month, placed 15th on Wednesday. The Swiss star already sealed his second straight overall World Cup title.

Kilde will finish runner-up in the overall standings when the season ends Sunday.

Ilka Stuhec edges Sofia Goggia to win the women's season-ending World Cup downhill Wednesday.