DOWNHILL QUALIFIERS AT LENZERHEIDE

The Elite Men's, Elite Women's, Junior Men's and Junior Women's downhill qualfiers

The Downhill Qualifiers from Lenzerheide are in the record books now.

American Dakotah Norton placed second in the Elite Men’s qualifiers today, less than 0.3 seconds from the top spot, held by France’s Amaury Pierron.

America’s Luca Shaw ranked fifth among the Elite Men today.

Aaron Gwin placed 17th in the qualifiers at Lenzerheide on Friday, narrowly beating Greg Minnaar and Finn Iles. Photo by Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool 

Aaron Gwin was less than 4 seconds behind his Intense teammate Dakotah Norton, but that was enough to put Gwin in 17th place in today’s rankings, just ahead of Greg Minnaar (18th) and Finn Iles (19th).

In the Elite Women’s qualifiers, Camille Balanche beat Myriam Nicole by just over 4.6 seconds. Rachel Atheron, who had quit racing for the past couple of years to have a baby, came back to the World Cup circuit and placed seventh in the qualifiers today. Now that Rachel’s raising a child, it will be interesting to see how much she’s willing to take chances on the downhill race course again. Rachel is a five-time Elite Women’s World Champion and six-time Elite Women’s World Cup champion, but she’s also a young mother, so that could affect her decision-making process on the race course on Saturday.

Rachel Atherton placed seventh in the qualifiers in Lenzerheide on Friday. Photo by Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool

In the Junior Men’s qualifiers, Jordan Williams beat Canada’s Jackson Goldstone by .009 seconds. Talk about a close race!

Jackson Goldstone finished less than 1/100th of a second behind the top qualifier in the Junior Men’s division. Photo by Bartek Wolinski / Red Bull Content Pool 

Here are the top riders heading into tomorrow’s Downhill Finals.

Elite Men

Elite Women

Junior Men

Junior Women

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