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2012 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DH FINALS ACTION

<b>Greg Minnaar, your 2012 UCI Elite Men's Downhill World Champion. 9 years after his first World Champs win, he racks up number two. He confessed of nerves in his room before the race, but when he got to the hill, he calmed down and kept it together.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Winning in so many ways with the Santa Cruz Syndicate. Josh, Steve and now Greg have all have rainbow stripes aboard the V10. Stay tuned for the complete version of this candid interview with Greg taken at 1:42am after his victory. YEAH GREG!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Morgane Charre surprised all today. With one World Cup podium earlier this year, she had the confidence to take her riding to the next level. Worlds is special and special things can happen. Awesome ride today. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Morgane Charre's bike had some pretty trick brake set up. Custom air pressure lines are meant to prevent brake fade and keep everything working tip-top. Has anyone seen anything like this before?</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>AND Morgane is doing it with style on flat pedals and rocking the Dirt stickers. I wonder if she will be fully factory next year, maybe even have a Ti spring. Score for the underdog.</b> -Sven Martin

Cedric Gracia in audio - <b>Loic Bruni might have missed battling with all the Elite riders, but winning gold in the Junior class today wasn't a waltz. Well done!</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Holly Feniak dropping in to the finish arena. She bettered her qualifying time by 5-seconds, beating Tahnee Seagrave by 5-seconds in the final in a battle of Whistler vs Morzine.</b> -Duncan Philpott

Steve Smith in audio - <b>High fives all round from the Canadian Elite Women.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>The goon heard 'round the world. Gwin makes the best of a bummer situation. His brakes failed during his run, so he had fun, as he was out of contention. Watch out Norway.</b> -Duncan / Hoshi

<b>Gee Atherton was close yet again (2nd place by .58 seconds). He and Greg have been battling for years now and will have to take it to PMB South Africa for the rematch in Worlds 2013. </b> -Sven Martin

Cedric Gracia in audio - <b>World Champs and Steve Peat...what can you say? He was on a really solid run only to get bucked on the last technical piece of the course. 36th place, 11 seconds back.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Hard to believe that 20 years of World Championships have come and gone.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>There were no doubts that this track was physical. A fair amount of pedaling with hole-ridden technical sections pushed riders despite first impressions. Steve Smith, bronze medal for Canada, just over 1-second off the pace.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>4th place, Mick Hannah railing through the muddy corner as if it was a concrete berm.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>So young, but already so much style and strength. Richie actually had to make two runs today, as his first run was red-flagged. He kept his composure and finished in 2nd place, with the best American result.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Sam Dale at his first Elite World Champs taking 12th place and the spot of second fastest British rider. Onward and upward...</b> -Duncan Philpott

Troy Lee's Craig Glaspell in audio - <b>Sam Hill, 5th place, only 3 seconds back, flat pedals and hungrier than ever with Norway's World Cup on the horizon.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Evan Warner in an easy early heat against Warner… Check out the fork oil dousing and learn what the BoXXer World Championships are all about.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Rob Warner and 4X World Champ, Anneke Beerten, backstage during the BoXXer World Champs.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Boxxer World's; The final. Len vs Evan and plenty of trash talking as U.S. battles Canada.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Air guitar and lederhosen! Boxxer World Champs winner Evan Warner defended his title from last year.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The fastest American on the day, Luke Strobel pinned to the line wearing the stars and stripes.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Miami Bryce Entertainment Co. Ltd. After sliding out in a corner up top, Josh took time throw a mean whip. 100% at World Champs means checkers or wreckers.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Today was Sabrina Jonnier's last professional DH race. We love you Sabrina and we will miss you. Thanks for bringing so much to women's DH and the sport of MTB all around the world for so many years.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Connor Fearon's race run in the man's line. 3rd place Junior...Yew!</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Leogang is known for its big dirt jump contests and today was no different. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Now we know the real reason for Markus Pekoll's fast time and best result. His head angle breaks the beam moments after leaving the start gate.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Bryn on his warm up before he headed up. After a mistake earlier in the course, Bryn chucked his meat off the drop near the end, almost taking himself out as he landed on the tape, nearly off course.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>What would a World Champs finish line shot of the winner be without a tilt shift thrown in?</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Emotional roller coaster riders. Peaty, Mick Hannah, who was just off the podium and Steve Smith, though earning bronze, thought he may have had the gold with his run.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Sportsmanship. In all commentary, Gwin has been stoked for Greg and Greg has wished Gwin could have had a legit race run. </b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Before the clouds burned off and the sun came out, the riders were stomping through yesterday's aftermath this morning. By Elite Men's finals, it was gold.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Lift luck. It's always satisfying when it all comes together on a downlift! The bike park style berms actually took some riders out, including Andrew Neethling.</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Ignorant European photographer's like me didn't know Holly Feniak. We will keep our eyes on her next season!</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Jacques Bouvet (we think) dropping into the finish.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Soft, fluffy pillows serving up rainbows. World Champs in a nutshell.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Morgane Charre came in under the radar and won. (Ed's note: Hoshi sent a photo of Morgane yesterday, but I cut it because the slideshow was so long and I'd never heard of her. Way to make me look stupid, Morgane! Well done. -gordo)</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>Claudio Calori will be busy all night washing his team's bikes (listen to his audio from yesterday). A mechanical issue can be cruel in more ways than the results.</b> -Hoshi Yoshida

<b>The Elite Men's podium. Keeping Vital legit with the British flag...otherwise we might have photoshopped a sneaky South African flag in there!</b> -Duncan Philpott

<b>Late night edits and uploads with @_duncan and a few crates of Duvels to get us through the night. YOU ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS IN MTB PHOTOGRAPHY! THANKS SO MUCH, GUYS!</b> -Sven Martin

Greg Minnaar and Morgane Charre earn the only spot that matters at the 2012 World Championships...the top spot! The biggest single downhill race of the year doesn't disappoint with plenty of dreams, drama and detonation. Enjoy the show and thank Sven Martin, Duncan Philpott and Hoshi Yoshida for all their amazing work this weekend!

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