American Travis Ganong was instructed to “trust himself” during his downhill run Saturday at the world championships, so he did and earned a breakthrough silver medal, lifting the U.S. spirits after Bode Miller wasn't able to race because of injury.
Patrick Kueng of Switzerland was told by a teammate before the race to just fly. He listened and won with a consistent and concise run that was just enough to hold off Ganong. Kueng earned his first world title by completing the demanding course in 1 minute 43.18 seconds.
Ganong finished 0.24 seconds behind Kueng, while Beat Feuz of Switzerland earned bronze.
“I just turned my brain off, put a smile on my...