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Bormio specialist Paris adds another win on Stelvio course

Italy's Dominik Paris celebrates winning an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Bormio, Italy, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovat...
Italy's Dominik Paris, center, winner of an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, celebrates on the podium with second-placed Switzerland's Beat Feuz,...

Italy's Dominik Paris celebrates winning an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Bormio, Italy, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovat...

Italy's Dominik Paris, center, winner of an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, celebrates on the podium with second-placed Switzerland's Beat Feuz,...

BORMIO, Italy (AP) — Dominik Paris has become the first skier to win three consecutive downhill races on the Stelvio course.

The Italian won a shortened race on one of the World Cup’s most demanding courses on Friday, defeating Switzerland’s Beat Feuz and Austrian Matthias Mayer.

It was Paris’ 13th downhill win, and fourth in Bormio. He also triumphed in 2017 and 2018, and won the first race of his career here, in 2012.

The race replaced the downhill that was canceled in another Italian resort, Val Gardena, last Saturday due to heavy snowfall.

While Friday’s race was reduced to 2.95 kilometers, the regular full-length 3.23K Stelvio downhill is scheduled for Saturday.

Racing in cloudy conditions on a bumpy course, Paris attacked from top to bottom, pushing all the way as he came off the ideal race line several times.

Feuz, who led this season’s downhill standings after winning the previous race in Beaver Creek, came up 0.39 seconds short, while Mayer trailed by 0.42.

The rest of the field, led by fourth-place Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway, finished more than a second off the pace.

Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr, who won a super-G in Val Gardena last week, caught a bump at full speed and lost his left ski halfway down his run, but the Austrian avoided a crash.

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Updated : 2021-06-13 01:18 GMT+08:00