Kueng wins men's World Cup downhill; Miller finishes fifth for US
WENGEN, Switzerland (AP)
Patrick Kueng gave his home Swiss fans a lot to cheer about by winning the shortened Lauberhorn downhill Saturday.
Kueng clocked 1 minute, 32.66 seconds down a course that had more than a minute of racing cut off due to strong winds to earn his second World Cup victory -- and first in downhill.
Hannes Reichelt of Austria finished second, 0.06 seconds behind, and overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was third, only one more hundredth further back.
"(Patrick) was very consistent this season. It was just time until he got the victory," said Reichelt, who felt he lost crucial time in the bumpy s-turns into the finish area.
Bode Miller finished fifth, 0.35 back, after making a big mistake in the same spot that troubled Reichelt. Miller's American teammate Jared Goldberg placed 12th with a starting number of 40. Lower-ranked skiers were still coming down.
Kueng became the fourth different Swiss winner in six years in the country's signature sports event. Didier Defago won in 2009, Carlo Janka in 2010 and Beat Feuz in 2012.
Kueng, who turned 30 last weekend, is having a breakout season. He won a super-G in Beaver Creek, Colorado, last month for his first career win and has also recorded two fifths -- in the Lake Louise, Alberta, super-G; and the Beaver Creek downhill; and was sixth in the downhill in Val Gardena, Italy.
Erik Guay of Canada, who won the final training session Thursday, lost control after appearing to hit a bump midway down and skied off course.
Svindal now leads two-time defending champion Marcel Hirscher by 82 points in the overall standings. In the downhill rankings, Svindal leads with 360 points, Reichelt is next with 260 and Kueng is third with 221.
A slalom is scheduled for Wengen on Sunday, then the men's circuit heads to Kitzbuehel, Austria, for the famed Hahnenkamm races next weekend.