America's Dakotah Norton wins the semis, then messes up in the main event. America's Asa Vermette continues to dominate the Junior Men's class.

The World Cup downhill event in Poland this past weekend showed how much the top riders’ performances can vary from one day to the next.

Nowhere was this more apparent than in the Elite Men’s class, where America’s Dakotah Norton was the fastest rider in the semi-finals, but then he hit a mud hole in the finals, held in light rain, and had a terrible run as a result. Ronan Dunne ended up winning the finals. On the other hand, Loic Bruni had a poor run in the semis, but he came back to have a good run in the finals (only losing to Ronan Dunn by 0.064 second) to end up placing second in the finals, and he left the venue as the points leader in the Elite Men’s Downhill standings for the year.

America’s Luca Shaw continues to have a good year in the Elite Men’s Downhill events, taking sixth place in the Elite Men’s downhill final in Poland. He’s now fourth in the series standings, with fellow American Dakotah Norton sitting in seventh for the year so far.

No other American is doing nearly as well as Asa Vermette, who won his second Junior Men’s World Cup downhill final of the year in Poland, winning his class by almost 4 seconds.

In the Elite Women’s ranks, Marine Cabirou took the win. Valentina Höll took sixth this time. America’s Anna Newkirk took 11th.

America has two Junior Women doing well in the World Cup downhills this year. Kale Cushman took fifth and Matilda Melton took sixth in the finals in Poland. Fellow American Teagaz Cruz failed to finish in her race.


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