Downhill victory propels Norwegian to the top of World Cup standings |

Downhill victory propels Norwegian to the top of World Cup standings

ARE, Sweden ” Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway won the men’s World Cup downhill finale to take the overall lead Wednesday, and Michael Walchhofer clinched the downhill championship.

Marco Sulllivan led the Americans with a 21st-place finish. He is 29th in the overall standings.

Svindal, skiing on the hill where he won the downhill gold at the 2007 World Championships, completed the Olympia course in 1 minute, 22.26 seconds.

Didier Cuche of Switzerland was second, 0.20 behind. Hans Olsson of Sweden finished third, 0.36 back.

Svindal leads the overall standings with 929 points. Benjamin Raich of Austria, another former overall champion and a gate specialist, advanced to second with 857 points after placing 13th.

Cuche moved to third with 843 points. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, who shared the overall lead with Raich going into the race, dropped to fourth with 837 points after finishing 17th.

Three races ” a super-G, giant slalom and slalom ” remain at these finals.

Walchhofer clinched the downhill title when his only challenger, Austrian teammate Klaus Kroell, only managed the ninth fastest time. Kroell trailed Walchhofer by 75 points going into the race. A win is worth 100 points.

Walchhofer, who started behind Kroell, skied out and did not finish the race. It was his third downhill championship since 2005.

He finished with 470 points. Kroell had 424.

The Olympia course was shortened nearly 300 meters because of fog at the 1,240-meter start altitude.

World Cup Ski Results

Wednesday’s men’s downhill

At Are, Sweden

1. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 1 minute, 22.26 seconds.

2. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 1:22.46.

3. Hans Olsson, Sweden, 1:22.62.

4. Werner Heel, Italy, 1:22.64.

5. Erik Guay, Canada, 1:22.82.

6. Adrien Theaux, France, 1:22.83.

7. John Kucera, Canada, 1:22.85.

8. Ambrosi Hoffmann, Switzerland, 1:23.01.

9. Klaus Kroell, Austria, 1:23.10.

10. Didier Defago, Switzerland, 1:23.16.

11. Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Canada, 1:23.21.

12. Peter Fill, Italy, 1:23.27.

13. Benjamin Raich, Austria, 1:23.28.

14. Christof Innerhofer, Italy, 1:23.41.

15. Hermann Maier, Austria, 1:23.47.

16. Robbie Dixon, Canada, 1:233.51.

17. Ivica Kostelic, Croatia, 1:23.52.

18. David Poisson, France, 1:23.57.

19. Andrej Jerman, Slovenia, 1:23.59.

20. Marco Buechel, Liechtenstein, 1:23.76.

21. Marco Sullivan, United States, 1:23.87.

21. Carlo Janka, Switzerland, 1:23.87.

23. Romed Baumann, Austria, 1:23.99.

24. Silvan Zurbriggen, Switzerland, 1:24.40.

Final World Cup Downhill Standings

1. Michael Walchhofer, Austria, 470 points.

2. Klaus Kroell, Austria, 424.

3. Didier Defago, Switzerland, 363.

4. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 356.

5. Manuel Osborne-Paradis, Canada, 323.

6. Erik Guay, Canada, 287.

7. Bode Miller, United States, 275.

8. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 275.

9. Peter Fill, Italy, 271.

10. Christof Innerhofer, Italy, 231.


25. TJ Lanning, United States, 75.

27. Steven Nyman, United States, 69.

29. Erik Fisher, United States, 63.

36. Scott Macartney, United States, 36.

42. Andrew Weibrecht, United States, 13.

Overall World Cup Standings

(After 34 events)

1. Aksel Lund Svindal, Norway, 929 points.

2. Benjamin Raich, Austria, 857.

3. Didier Cuche, Switzerland, 843.

4. Ivica Kostelic, Croatia, 837.

5. Jean-Baptiste Grange, 777.

6. Didier Defago, Switzerland, 684.

7. Carlo Janka, Switzerland, 659.

8. Michael Walchhofer, Austria, 611.

9. Klaus Kroell, Austria, 566.

10. Peter Fill, Italy, 536.


11. Bode Miller, United States, 517.

13. Ted Ligety, United States, 498.

29. Marco Sullivan, United States, 293.

62. TJ Lanning, United States, 95.

69. Tim Jitloff, United States, 79.

73. Steven Nyman, United States, 75.

75. Erik Fisher, United States, 74.

90. Scott Macartney, United States, 43.

92. Andrew Weibrecht, United States, 40.

97. Jimmy Cochran, United States, 30.

103. Jake Zamansky, United States, 27.

126. Cody Marshall, United States, 10.

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