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Walchhofer ends Austria's 13-race winless streak with downhill victory

Walchhofer ends Austria's 13-race winless streak with downhill victory

Michael Walchhofer ended a 13-race winless streak by the Austrian men's team Thursday, winning a World Cup downhill by 0.01 seconds.
Walchhofer covered the 3-kilometer (1.8-mile) Stelvio course in 1 minute, 51.90 seconds for his first podium finish of the season.
Didier Cuche of Switzerland was narrowly second, while Walchhofer's teammate Mario Scheiber was third, 0.14 back.
Benjamin Raich's win in the season-opening slalom in Levi, Finland, on Nov. 12 was the last victory for the Austrian men.
"We were under pressure, so this was an important victory," Walchhofer said. "Before some of the other races I was not nervous. Today I was more nervous and that was good for me. All the Austrians were waiting for a victory in downhill."
Walchhofer won the World Cup downhill title the past two seasons. This was the 10th World Cup victory of his career and seventh in downhill.
Cuche retained his lead atop the downhill standings with 285 points, followed by Marco Buechel with 212 and Walchhofer with 186.
Buechel finished sixth.
Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway placed 14th and retained his lead atop the overall standings with 539 points. Cuche moved into a tie for second with Bode Miller, with 490 points each.
Miller failed to finish a downhill for the first time this season after skiing off course near the top of his run. The American appeared to lose his edge as he negotiated a turn, fell down and got right back up, but was off the course. He appeared uninjured.
Miller won both the downhill and super-G on this course at the 2005 World Championships.
Thursday's race was moved from Val d'Isere earlier this month due to a lack of snow in the French resort. Another downhill is scheduled here Friday.


Updated : 2021-02-26 12:12 GMT+08:00