giant slalom was canceled in Aspen in 1986
after racers blocked the second gate of the course
in protest of dangerous course conditions. Rain
had fallen the night before the GS, and slush
on top of ice was deemed a hazard to racers. Andreas
Wenzel of Lichtenstein, giant slalom
silver medalist in the 1980 Olympics, was one
of the organizers who denounced course conditions.
Mueller won the men’s downhill,
skiing the course with a cast on a broken wrist.
Mueller again broke the course record, having
set the two preceding records in 1982 and 1985.
Mueller ignored warnings from his doctor that
his “season was finished,” and he
raced better than ever with cast to finish in
the top spot. Second place was claimed by Austrian
Peter Wirneberger, and in third place
was Austria’s Leonhard Stock,
gold medalist in the 1980 Olympics. Doug
Lewis was the highest ranking American.
He placed ninth.