Ski Racing Magazine News Service) – On a near perfect Saturday for ski racing, and apparently for race spectating as well, Austria Klaus Kroell unhinged a Swiss celebration by collecting his third career World Cup win at Switzerland’s premier skiing event, the Lauberhorn downhill at Wengen.
Kroell, without a win since March of 2009 but just off the downhill podium twice this season was a scant .14 ahead of the old darling of Swiss racing, Didier Cuche and last season’s Swiss winner of the race, Carlo Janka in third within four ticks of the tenths clock. It was the first Austrian win of the race since 2005 when Michael Walchhofer ruined the Swiss party. He finished 11th on the day.
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Bode Miller skied well enough to secure eight place as the Americans faced the race without their top three pure downhillers: Andrew Weibrecht to a shoulder injury, Marco Sullivan to a head injury and Steven Nyman to a “tweaked back” sustained in the downhill leg of Friday’s combined event.
“I was pushing it today, especially through the super G turns,” said Miller. “I just couldn’t generate speed.”
The Canadians, also dealing with an extensive injury list were led by Jan Hudec in 21st. Manuel Osborne-Paradis was 23rd.
As predicted by coach Sasha Rearick, start numbers were important. No one starting outside of the top 30 made it into the top 20. Late starters found it difficult to advance up the ranks.The race was delayed a couple of times to allow medical personnel to extricate skiers. Patrick Jaerbyn, the oldest man on tour, took seven minutes and Stefan Keppler 15 minutes.
In the fight for the overall title Ivica Kostelic picked up a small bit of padding for his tour leading total. He finished 12th, two placings and six points ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal and now leads 626-511. Third ranked Silvan Zurbriggen finished between the two leaders to tighten the race. He has 359pts.
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