Canada's Crawford narrowly misses men's downhill podium, Switzerland's Feuz takes gold

After silver and bronze medals in speed events at PyeongChang 2018, Switzerland's Beat Feuz captured the gold medal in men's downhill at Beijing 2022. Toronto native Jack Crawford fell just shy of the podium, placing fourth.

Toronto native places 4th, finishes 7-hundreths of a second behind bronze position

Toronto's Jack Crawford, seen above, skied to fourth place in the alpine men's Olympic downhill on Monday. (Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Three Canadians came up empty-handed after entering the day with optimism in the men's Olympic downhill at the Yanqing National Alpine Centre on Monday.

Toronto's Jack Crawford posted the top performance, crossing the line in second place but was later bumped down into fourth, missing the bronze medal by 0.07 seconds.

After making his Olympic debut at Pyeongchang 2018, Crawford entered Monday's race as a medal hopeful and looked to have secured a bronze, before France's Johan Clarey beat him — becoming the oldest Olympic alpine medallist at 41-years old.

"I'm happy I'm able to show I can contend with those top guys. I know what I am capable of on my day," said Crawford. "Today there were four guys that skied exceptionally well, and I just happened to be on the outside of the three."

North Vancouver's Brodie Seger finished 22nd, while Broderick Thompson of Whistler, B.C., crashed into the netting, but was uninjured.

WATCH | Jack Crawford skis to fourth-place finish in men's downhill:

Switzerland's Beat Feuz took the gold medal with a time of 1:42.79, while Clarey took the silver medal, and Austria's Matthias Mayer won bronze.

"When I was going down, I knew I had made a good run, but you never know in downhill, sometimes you're fast and sometimes you're not, you never know why, but today was fast," Clarey said following the race. "When you're a medallist at 20 or 41, it doesn't matter, its an Olympic medal and that is a good feeling and memory."

Feuz, 34, adds an Olympic gold medal to his accolades, after winning super-G silver and downhill bronze four years ago at Pyeongchang 2018.

Extreme winds forced organizers to cancel the originally scheduled downhill race on Sunday, but the winds were not a factor on Monday. 

Crawford's fourth-place finish is the best Canadian result in the men's Olympic downhill since Ed Podivinsky won the bronze medal at Lillehammer 1994.

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