Saturday, January 26, 2013
Dominik Paris captures downhill
KITZBUEHEL, Austria -- Dominik Paris of Italy won the classic World Cup downhill in Kitzbuehel on Saturday, while American Ted Ligety missed a gate and failed to finish.
Paris came down the 2-mile Streif course in 1 minute, 57.56 seconds, followed by world downhill champion Erik Guay of Canada 0.13 behind and Hannes Reichelt of Austria in third.
Paris, who also won in Bormio in December, and teammate Christof Innerhofer share four downhill victories this season, a record for the Italian team.
"Winning Kitzbuehel is even a bigger achievement (than Bormio)," Paris said. "It's the dream of every downhill racer to win here. When that dream comes true, it's beautiful."
Ligety failed to finish, meaning he's out of the combined event that includes the slalom on Sunday.
Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, who won Friday's super-G, finished 10th and failed to overtake Marcel Hirscher atop the overall standings. The Austrian skipped the race.
The crowd of about 50,000 included Austria-born Arnold Schwarzenegger, who took a break from a promotional tour to watch the race in sunny conditions.
Ligety was disappointed with his run.
"It's a bummer as I was only 0.9 out on the last split, so it was a really good position for the combined," said Ligety, who also missed out on scoring points after his ski came off in a combined event last week in Wengen, Switzerland.
The American is third in the overall standings, 199 points behind Hirscher.
"That's two weekends in a row where I could have been first or second," Ligety said. "It's really disappointing to have such opportunities missed. You can't expect to win the overall if you let opportunities like that go. It's really frustrating."
Paris is the second Italian to win the event, following Kristian Ghedina in 1998.
It marked the first time since 2006 that the event wasn't won by a skier from Switzerland. Didier Cuche won the race four times in the past five years, but has retired. This time, Patrick Kueng became the highest-ranked Swiss skier in 16th.