Who is Beat Feuz?
Beat Feuz was born in 1987. He is a Swiss World Cup alpine ski racer, specializing in the speed events of downhill and super-G. Feuz is fondly called as Kabold, Fooz and Foiz by his friends. He enjoys playing poker, tennis and golf other than skiing. The athlete's partner is Katrin Triendl. He can speak German fluently. Feuz trained in the club Skiclub Schangnau in Switzerland under coach Thomas Stauffer. He competed at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with an ankle injury. He got an infection in his knee in 2012 that forced him to spend five weeks in hospital and miss the entire 2012/13 season. He considered retiring, but began skiing again in August 2013. Feuz did not compete in 2008 or 2009 due to torn ligaments in his left knee. He regards winning a gold medal in downhill at the 2017 World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland as his most memorable achievement. He considers US alpine skier Bode Miller and Austrian alpine skier Stephan Eberharter as his heroes.
Career of the ski racer
Feuz made his World Cup debut at age 19 in December 2006, but he had t miss all of the 2008 and 2009 seasons due to torn ligaments in his left knee. He achieved his first two World Cup podiums in March 2011, both in downhills at Kvitfjell, Norway. The first was a victory, backed up with a bronze medal finish the following day. In 2012, Feuz won four podiums. In North America, he placed second in the first downhill of the season at Lake Louise. Feuz attained two podiums in Beaver Creek and then back in Europe, won his second World Cup event and his first win in super-G at Val Gardena (Gröden), Italy. In February, Feuz won the pre-Olympic downhill in Russia at Rosa Khutor, which was 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. Feuz changed equipment from Salomon to Head after the 2012 season in 2013, but it was later discovered that he was suffering from inflammation and bleeding in his left knee, and would miss the whole 2013 season. Feuz returned to the World Cup circuit for the 2014 season, and claimed sixth place in the downhill at Beaver Creek. Feuz no longer entered giant slalom races due to his injuries, and his ability in slalom was diminished so that he could no longer contend in the super combined races. He did not qualify for the season-ending World Cup finals. Feuz made a comeback in 2015, taking sixth place 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. But the injury had not healed completely and he did not manage better than 17th in the first four super G races of the season. Again, 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 encouraged Feuz to enter the 2015 World Championships, held on the Birds of Prey hill on which he had twice been on the podium in his career. 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 beginning of 2016, Feuz again got disappointed with his injuries as he got stuck with an Achilles injury. 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. 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. The wins were his first in just over 4 years. Moving further in his career, Feuz won a gold medal in downhill event at the World Championships 2017 in St. Moritz. He also participated in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeogchang and did his country proud by winning a silver medal in Super-G at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and a bronze medal in downhill event.
The net worth of the skier is currently unknown.
Beat Feuz is available on Instagram @beatfeuz. Although this is not his official page on Instagram, one can find a lot of photos from his events and competitions here.