The fight for downhill dominance in 2013 all came down to this–the final round of World Cup racing in Leogang, Austria. For the men, it would be a duel for the World Cup overall title between Gee Atherton versus Stevie Smith. A couple of mishaps last week in Hafjell, Norway led to a 12th place finish for Atherton and reduced his leader’s margin in the series to a meager 17 points–easily within striking range of Smith.
For the women’s title, Rachel Atherton would need to fend off a surging Emmeline Ragot. Atherton had a comfy 160 point lead going into Leogang, but one bad mistake could dash her dreams for the overall win.