Beat Feuz ([ˈbe.at ˈfɔɪts], born 11 February 1987) is a Swiss World Cup alpine ski racer, specializing in the speed events of downhill and super-G.
Born in Schangnau in the canton of Bern, Feuz made his World Cup debut at age 19 in December 2006, but missed all of the 2008 and 2009 seasons due to torn ligaments in his left knee. He secured his first two World Cup podia in March 2011, both in downhills at Kvitfjell, Norway. The first was a victory, backed up with a third-place finish the following day.
At his first World Championships in 2011 in Garmisch, Germany, Feuz finished ninth in the downhill. In the super combined, he finished second in the downhill portion, but missed a gate near the finish of the slalom course. He also competed in the team event for Switzerland, which lost to Sweden in the quarterfinals.
Feuz carried this positive momentum into the start of the 2012 season, with four podia by mid-December. In North America, he placed second in the first downhill of the season at Lake Louise, 0.06 seconds behind Swiss teammate Didier Cuche. Feuz attained two podiums in Beaver Creek and then back in Europe, won his second World Cup event and his first in super-G at Val Gardena (Gröden), Italy.
Just miles from his hometown in January, he placed second in the super combined at Wengen; he had an advantage of 2.96 seconds over Ivica Kostelić after the downhill portion, but lost it on bad slalom and finished 0.20 seconds behind Kostelić. Feuz won the classic Lauberhorn downhill the next day.
In February, he won the pre-Olympic downhill in Russia at Rosa Khutor, the alpine racing venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics. A breakout season for Feuz, he had 13 World Cup podiums with four victories; in the final standings, he was runner-up in the overall, downhill, and combined, and third in super G.
Out for 2013
Feuz changed equipment from Salomon to Head after the 2012 season, but it was later revealed that he was suffering from inflammation and bleeding in his left knee, and would miss the whole 2013 season. The knee was re-injured at the pre-Olympic races in Russia in February 2012, and was operated on after the season in March for bone fragments. He re-aggravated it during training in Argentina in August and was sent home for evaluation.
Return in 2014
Feuz returned to the World Cup circuit for the 2014 season, and in his third race back, claimed sixth place in the downhill at Beaver Creek. This was Feuz's best result of the season as he still appeared to be struggling with his knee injury. Feuz no longer entered giant slalom races, and his ability in slalom was diminished so that he could no longer contend in the super combined races, not even entering the Kitzbühel combined competition, a race in which he had previously finished on the podium. Feuz was selected for the Swiss Olympic team and raced the downhill, super G, and super combined, and his best result was a 13th in the downhill. His 2014 season indicated that he wasn't fully healed; he did not qualify for the season-ending World Cup finals.
Return to top positions in 2015
Feuz started the 2015 season brightly, taking sixth in the opening downhill in Canada at Lake Louise. The breakthrough result came in the next downhill as Feuz was runner-up in the Birds of Prey for the second time in his career. After the event, through an interpreter Feuz said "my knee will never be 100 percent again," and that for him his comeback story was "almost bigger than I can imagine, it's almost too much." The lasting effects of the knee injury were clear though, Feuz didn't manage better than 17th in the first four super G races of the season, and he still wasn't entering Giant Slalom races as he had done previously. Feuz backed up his result in Beaver Creek with a second runner-up placing, this time at his home downhill in Wengen.
The podium results in downhill were enough to book Feuz a ticket to the 2015 World Championships, held on the Birds of Prey hill on which he had twice been on the podium in his career. Feuz was left out of the Swiss squad for the super G in favour of Mauro Caviezel, but in the downhill, he led the race for much of the way. He finished third, behind teammate Patrick Küng and American Travis Ganong, and gained his first major championship medal. In the super combined the next day, Feuz produced another stellar downhill run, in second by a narrow margin. In the slalom run, Feuz was forced to ski in warm conditions on a rutted course, and this together with the deterioration of Feuz's technical skiing after his knee injury, meant Feuz blew a lead of over 3 seconds on gold-medalist Marcel Hirscher. Feuz didn't finish the year particularly strongly, with his best results being two 9th places at the World Cup Finals in Méribel.
Once again, injury problems were to spoil things for Feuz, who sustained an Achilles injury straddling a gate during training in South America. He was expected to miss at least the first few races of the season. Later however, it was revealed that Feuz was targeting a comeback in time for his home races in Wengen. Feuz skied the downhill leg of the Wengen combined and elected to start the downhill the next day, earning a respectable 11th place in his first race back. Moving on to Kitzbühel, and still taking the training runs and races on a day-to-day basis, having earned another solid result of 16th in the super G, Feuz elected to race the downhill the next day; his best previous finish on the Streif downhill course was sixth. In only his third full race since his return, Feuz was the runner-up in a race full of high-profile crashes. Feuz went on to claim two 3rd and two 5th places in the following four downhills, qualifying him comfortably for the World Cup finals to be held on the Corviglia piste in St. Moritz, significant as this was to be the venue for the following year's World Championships. Feuz gave what was to turn out to be a sign of things to come, as he not only claimed victory in the downhill, but also the win in the super G the following day. The wins were his first in just over 4 years. The downhill victory meant that he finished 5th in the downhill standings for 2016 and only 48 points off the winner Peter Fill, despite missing 4 of the 11 races.
World Champion in 2017
The 2017 World Cup season would break off in February for the main event of the year – the 2017 World Championships in his home country in St. Moritz. Feuz didn't produce amazing results to start the year, not helped by the cancellation of two of his favourite races at Beaver Creek and Wengen. In fact Feuz only managed one top 10 result in his first 6 races of the year. It was in Kitzbühel that the signs really became clear Feuz was coming into form for the World Championships. A 3rd place in the super G was followed the next day in the downhill by a fall on the Traverse with Feuz having led eventual winner Dominik Paris by 0.72 seconds entering the section. Fortunately Feuz was able to escape from the netting unharmed, and claimed another podium at Garmisch in his final race before the World Championships.
Feuz entered the World Championships with high expectations from the Swiss ski fans thanks to his performance on the track at the World Cup finals the previous year and this was only increased when Feuz won the only training run he started fairly comfortably, despite normally not pushing too hard in the training runs. Feuz came 12th in the super G but then like the rest of the athletes, was forced to wait an extra day for the downhill to take place thanks to the weather. On what was dubbed ″Downhill Super Sunday″ due to the fact both the men's and women's downhills would take place on the same day, the early runners in the men's race were hampered more than a little by fog on the upper section. Feuz had chosen bib 13, and the lead changed hands several times with the racers before him, as the course appeared to be quickening up as the fog lifted. Although slightly behind on the top gliding section, Feuz was excellent on the jumps and turns in the middle part of the course, and although Feuz appeared to get slightly late on the critical Felsen section, he managed to carry the speed through it, and went on to take the lead by 0.39 seconds at that point. There followed a nervous wait as nearly every remaining top racer managed to beat Feuz's time at the top of the course. The closest to Feuz on the day was Erik Guay who was leading by 0.04 seconds at the penultimate split time, but couldn't match Feuz through Felsen and dropped back to 0.42 behind. Nonetheless, the Canadian managed to make up 0.3 of a second from that intermediate to the finish. Feuz therefore claimed the gold medal by 0.12 seconds to live up to his tag as favourite for the race and make it back-to-back World downhill golds for the Swiss men's team. Feuz claimed one more podium finish in 2017 in the second downhill in Kvitfjell, helping him to finish 4th in the downhill standings for 2017.
Feuz began the Olympic year in the best possible way by claiming victory in the opening downhill in Lake Louise, his first win on the course and his first podium there since 2011. He gloriously won silver for Super-G, and bronze for Downhill.
World Cup results
- 3 titles – (3 Downhill)
- Standings through 13 February 2020
- 13 wins – (10 DH, 3 SG)
- 47 podiums – (35 DH, 8 SG, 4 AC )
|2011||11 Mar 2011||Kvitfjell, Norway||Downhill||1st|
|12 Mar 2011||Downhill||3rd|
|2012||26 Nov 2011||Lake Louise, Canada||Downhill||2nd|
|2 Dec 2011||Beaver Creek, USA||Downhill||2nd|
|3 Dec 2011||Super-G||3rd|
|16 Dec 2011||Val Gardena, Italy||Super G||1st|
|13 Jan 2012||Wengen, Switzerland||Super combined||2nd|
|14 Jan 2012||Downhill||1st|
|22 Jan 2012||Kitzbühel, Austria||Combined||2nd|
|5 Feb 2012||Chamonix, France||Super combined||3rd|
|11 Feb 2012||Sochi, Russia||Downhill||1st|
|12 Feb 2012||Super combined||2nd|
|2 Mar 2012||Kvitfjell, Norway||Super G||1st|
|4 Mar 2012||Super G||3rd|
|14 Mar 2012||Schladming, Austria||Downhill||2nd|
|2015||5 Dec 2014||Beaver Creek, USA||Downhill||2nd|
|18 Jan 2015||Wengen, Switzerland||Downhill||2nd|
|2016||23 Jan 2016||Kitzbühel, Austria||Downhill||2nd|
|30 Jan 2016||Garmisch, Germany||Downhill||3rd|
|20 Feb 2016||Chamonix, France||Downhill||3rd|
|16 Mar 2016||St. Moritz, Switzerland||Downhill||1st|
|17 Mar 2016||Super G||1st|
|2017||20 Jan 2017||Kitzbühel, Austria||Super-G||3rd|
|28 Jan 2017||Garmisch, Germany||Downhill||3rd|
|25 Feb 2017||Kvitfjell, Norway||Downhill||3rd|
|2018||25 Nov 2017||Lake Louise, Canada||Downhill||1st|
|2 Dec 2017||Beaver Creek, USA||Downhill||2nd|
|13 Jan 2018||Wengen, Switzerland||Downhill||1st|
|20 Jan 2018||Kitzbühel, Austria||Downhill||2nd|
|27 Jan 2018||Garmisch, Germany||Downhill||1st|
|10 Mar 2018||Kvitfjell, Norway||Downhill||2nd|
|11 Mar 2018||Super-G||2nd|
|14 Mar 2018||Åre, Sweden||Downhill||3rd|
|2019||30 Nov 2018||Beaver Creek, USA||Downhill||1st|
|15 Dec 2018||Val Gardena, Italy||Downhill||3rd|
|18 Dec 2018||Bormio, Italy||Downhill||3rd|
|19 Jan 2019||Wengen, Switzerland||Downhill||2nd|
|25 Jan 2019||Kitzbühel, Austria||Downhill||2nd|
|2 Mar 2019||Kvitfjell, Norway||Downhill||2nd|
|3 Mar 2019||Super-G||3rd|
|2020||30 Nov 2019||Lake Louise, Canada||Downhill||3rd|
|7 Dec 2019||Beaver Creek, USA||Downhill||1st|
|27 Dec 2019||Bormio, Italy||Downhill||2nd|
|28 Dec 2019||Downhill||3rd|
|18 Jan 2020||Wengen, Switzerland||Downhill||1st|
|25 Jan 2020||Kitzbühel, Austria||Downhill||2nd|
|13 Feb 2020||Saalbach, Austria||Downhill||2nd|
World Championship results