VIDEO: Steve Smith's Slide Out During World Champs Race Run 23

World Champs is a game of inches and unfortunately, Steve Smith was just a little off in his race run, sliding out and throwing away a chance at victory. Aboard his prototype 27.5-inch short-travel DH bike, Steve had the fastest timed run before race day and the world was waiting to see if the result would stand up. When you only have one run, any little mistake spells disaster. We're gutted for Steve, but as we all know, that's racing.

Credit: Doug Hatfield
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23 comments
  • metong

    9/2/2013 2:39 PM

    all the wait that i did to see steve's mishap.....i was really pissed...but like they and you said....that's racing...........but he could have saved the run if he just got on the bike instead as quickly as he crashed...............i guess he was just too pressured.

  • Tom

    9/1/2013 1:35 PM

    I don't get why people are moaning that he gave up and could have got on the podium. It's world champs the only place that matters is 1st. No points to be had a this race. To qualify in first, be on bike that has been made especially for this event then come off in the first corner you would be like "WTF" and mentally be screwed. Hope he just laughs this race off and kills it on the next two!

  • OCsponger587

    9/1/2013 3:32 PM

    why did anyone but minar race cuz only he got 1st? he could of raced on to see if the wierd bike was actually faster against everyone when they were actually trying. you learn most from races you dont win. i hope he backs up his norway win but it was just to bad he gave up instantly at worlds

  • Tom

    9/1/2013 3:53 PM

    Because they can't predict the future (not even 650b holds that power). I would say the top 20 are in it to win it, then the rest for the experience or a wildcard win. The only names that will be remembered from this race will be Minnaar, Graves, Ropelato and Smith. The Worlds are a strange race.

  • OCsponger587

    9/1/2013 4:04 PM

    but stevie quit without knowing the future so why is that acceptible. he could of possibly been on the podium if he had a good run and tried even with his mistake. it would of been tough but what if he did? thats why just stopping after the mistake in the first turn seems sad. if he even got 6th place with the crash everyone would say the bike is the best

  • killjoyken

    9/1/2013 6:54 PM

    Why risk a serious crash and injury that could ruin the rest of his season?

  • Pininator

    9/1/2013 8:57 PM

    He went down in a place where you needed speed going into it and, obviously, he was stopped dead in his tracks. He was easily 10-20sec down by the 1st split even if he grips it and rips it. He's still in contention for the WC overall title, so no need to risk it in this race. At least he gave the fans a show, much like Gwin at last year's worlds.

  • prestondh

    9/2/2013 3:32 PM

    "not even 650b holds that power" LMFAO!

  • Big Bird

    9/1/2013 10:49 PM

    Dont' get me wrong, Steve's a great guy and I wish him the best. I'm stoked on his progress and want to see him win. But I feel that he owed it to Dave Weagle and everyone at Devinci, and the world of Downhill at large for that matter, to see the experiment through. So much work and hype went in to the creation if that bike. How many times in the commentary do you you hear "He only lost a second or two at most." What if he'd shot back up and knocked Graves off the podium? What if he'd shot back up and won? Being at Worlds is an excuse to win over adversity. Not an excuse to give up over one mistake. Let me repeat, go Steve, just faster next time. Ropolato too, for that matter.

  • scarface

    9/1/2013 12:15 PM

    why oh why don't they disable freakin portrait mode on phones for freakin movies. STOP FILMING LIKE THAT, did you ever sea a movie in portrait mode no didnt think so

  • inter

    9/1/2013 12:56 PM

    Well dont watch then. Whiner .

  • dom.wrapson

    9/1/2013 1:18 PM

    VVS is a terrible thing. http://youtu.be/Bt9zSfinwFA

  • Pininator

    9/1/2013 8:58 PM

    I was going to look for that vid...good work!

  • KingDnuts

    9/2/2013 7:51 PM

    Now this video looks so much worse!!

  • woodlandplayer

    9/1/2013 12:04 PM

    I am really surprised he quit after that little slide out. It cost him 3-4 Seconds tops. The way he has been riding he probably could have still made the podium.

  • OCsponger587

    9/1/2013 1:05 PM

    yeah unless he made some other mistake before this one he could of kept going pretty good. a lot of guys seemed like they just quit there runs early

  • StuLax18

    9/1/2013 1:08 PM

    I'm pretty sure this was right at the start. The only other mistake he could have made before is falling over in the gate.

  • Capricorn

    9/1/2013 1:13 PM

    yep, it was: first corner right out of the start gate. Apparently, same place Mitch bailed.

  • savdog

    9/1/2013 11:59 AM

    absolutley gutted for steve , but i think the trainer socks had something to do with it !!

  • neimbc

    9/1/2013 11:08 AM

    I clamped my head and yelled "Noooooo" like the painting 'The Scream"

  • Capricorn

    9/1/2013 11:27 AM

    even though i wasn't rooting for CHainsaw, I was shocked and bitterly gutted for the guy. That's no way to finish a world champs attempt.

  • Capricorn

    9/1/2013 10:59 AM

    lol, the camera man's famous last words: .. dont f' it up!..

  • Capricorn

    9/1/2013 10:58 AM

    Wheres Mitch Crashalota's slide out? The World Needs to see the vindication again!