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One run. That's all it takes. One run on one day of the year can change a life... for good or for bad. Vital MTB looked back on the last 10 years of World Championship races and who managed to have the fastest run on that one particular day, etching themselves into history. 


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2011 - Danny Hart, World Champion Interview
The boy wonder that is Danny Hart. A nearly 12 second victory, on what riders were calling the most aggressive World Champs course in history, was earned in horrifically wet and slippery conditions. With a run that crossed the internet like wild fire, Danny is just beginning to realize his potential as the best in the World.

2009 - Steve Peat, World Champion Interview
It would be fair to say that the entire mountain biking world wanted a World Championship victory for Steve Peat just as badly as he wanted it. After trying for nearly 15 years, he finally put all the elements together for the perfect run on Canberra, Australia's, short, but competitive track.

2008 - Gee Atherton, World Champion Interview
As part of a World Cup-winning family, it was only a matter of time before Gee Atherton would win the most important race of the year. In one of the most drama-filled downhill races of all time, Gee stayed up, stayed focused and went faster than any of his competitors in Val di Sole, Italy.

2006, 2007, 2010 - Sam Hill, World Champion Interview
Once a generation, a rider comes into view and completely redefines what it means to be a winner in their sport. Sam Hill did just that with 3 World Champion victories this past decade. With the highs of competion, come the lows, however and Sam has dealt with both.

2004, 2005 - Fabien Barel, World Champion Interview
A favorite of the people and no stranger to the podium, France's Fabien Barel retired from World Cup-level racing in 2011. Half-way through the decade, Fabien stacked up back-to-back World Champion wins among some of the decade's heaviest competitors.

2003 - Greg Minnaar, World Champion Interview
Greg Minnaar has had an impressive and long career that seems to go relatively unnoticed. 10 years ago, Minnaar was the World Cup series overall winner and 8 years ago, he claimed victory at the World Championship downhill in Lugano, Switerzland. He still carries the speed, tactics and desire to win today.

2001, 2002 - Nicolas Vouilloz, World Champion Interview
Nicolas Vouilloz is undoubtedly the most succesfull downhiller at World Championships. 7 Elite Men's DH World Championships are his and he wrapped up his illustrious downhill career with back-to-back wins in 2001 and 2002.
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