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Norwegian maintains top spot in Alpine skiing

Kjetil Jansrud won the World Cup downhill on Saturday.
Kjetil Jansrud won the World Cup downhill on Saturday. Wikimedia Commons

Norway's Kjetil Jansrud maintained his winning streak by adding Saturday's World Cup downhill to his victory in the super-G at the French Alpine on Friday. And in Montreal, Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec won the season-opening ladies downhill at Lake Louise resort the day before.

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Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud covered the Oreiller-Killy slope in 1min 59.51sec to beat Italy's Peter Fill by 26 hundredths of a second for his 16th World Cup win.

Fellow Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal, who took second on Friday, placed third at .33s.

Jansrud now shares the lead in the overall World Cup standings with Marcel Hirscher who has a chance to regain sole control of the summit in Sunday's giant slalom.

And in Montreal, the 26-year-old Ilka Stuhec stunned the favorites by clocking a winning time of one minute, 45.48 seconds to claim the first of two downhills this weekend at the mountain resort in the Canadian Rockies.

"I knew I could ski fast and I just needed to put it in a race and I did," said Stuhec, whose best previous result on the World Cup circuit was a fourth place in the 2013 super-G in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

The second downhill is slated for Saturday followed by a super-G race on Sunday.
Italy's Sofia Goggia was second with a time of one minute, 45.70 seconds, while Sweden's Kajsa Kling finished third with one minute, 45.79 seconds.

The pre-race favorite, Lara Gut of Switzerland, settled for a time of one minute, 46.17 seconds and a fourth place finish.

Gut, who failed to earn a single World Cup point during last week's races in Vermont because of a bad fall, now sits in sixth in the overall race with 150 points.

Stuhec was a surprise winner Friday after starting from the 29th position.

"I had a feeling that I could show some more than just average results around 10th to 15th place, that I could ski good and I could ski fast and apparently, today, the fastest," Stuhec said.
 

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