Mueller of Switzerland won the men’s
downhill in 1985, and his Swiss
teammates took five of the top ten places, inspiring
the Aspen Times headline — “Swiss
Blitz!” Mueller’s time shattered the
course record, which he had set in 1982. American
Bill Johnson, who won in 1984
and was apparently displeased by something about
the course, threatened to boycott the downhill,
but dismissed his threat later as a joke and placed
Girardelli of Luxembourg won the giant
slalom despite a cold drizzle, soggy course and
flat light. Girardelli muscled past Sweden’s
Ingemar Stenmark and Switzerland’s
Max Julen and Pirmin
Zurbriggen to win the event.
1985 World Cup was shaken by a brief controversy.
A ruling by the FIS that would have been adopted
for the first time in Aspen, instituted a change
in the manner of determining the starting order.
The racers were adamantly against the change and
a debate raged until moments before the races
began. In the end, the FIS gave in to the racers,
and the traditional criteria was upheld.