Beijing – Boštjan Kline placed 10th in the Olympic men’s downhill for what is the best ever achievement for Slovenian male alpine skiers in the discipline. Out of three Slovenians to appear in the flagship Alpine skiing event at the racecourse called The Rock at Xiaohaitu, Kline did best, finishing a 1.06 second behind the winner.
Swiss champion Beat Feuz won gold to add the last colour to his Olympic set and France’s Johan Clarey won silver at the age of 41 to become the oldest Olympic medallist in Alpine skiing. Austria’s Matthias Mayer took bronze for his third Olympic medal.
At the age of 30, Kline improved Slovenia’s men’s Olympic downhill best by three rungs after Janko Štefe placed 13th in the Oslo Olympics in 1952.
“It was a very good run, the best of the last three days including both trainings. I’m happy and proud,” said the Maribor skier, adding that the racetrack was somewhat worn out and potholed.
Miha Hrobat placed 24th to improve by 5 spots his personal Olympic downhill best from Pyeongchang.
Nejc Naraločnik did not make it to the finish line, while Martin Čater, Slovenia’s best downhill skier, tested positive for coronavirus before departure for Beijing.