Italy’s Dominik Paris beats Austrians for first super-G win
Italian skier Dominik Paris won his first career World Cup super-G on Friday, two years after his victory in the classic Hahnenkamm downhill on the same course.
Paris beat Austrians Matthias Mayer by 0.06 seconds and Georg Streitberger by 0.34 on the Streif course.
"I had a good feeling but I didn’t think I was going to win today," said Paris, who won silver in downhill at the 2013 world championships, and whose previous three World Cup wins all came in that discipline.
"I like this hill," he added. "When you are in good shape you can take risks. And I attacked it all the way down."
Paris hadn’t won in his last 21 World Cups, his longest winning drought since his first victory in Bormio in December 2012.
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud was 0.78 back in seventh and remained in the lead of the discipline standings with 316 points, followed by Paris on 285.
"It wasn’t a perfect run," said Jansrud, a winner of two super-Gs this season. "No big mistakes but tactical mistakes. I didn’t take enough risks."
The super-G was a separate World Cup race, but will also count as the first portion of a combined event, with a slalom late Friday.
Overall World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria finished 2.78 off the lead in 44th but, as a slalom specialist, was still one of the favorites for the combined win.
Many competitors from the super-G will skip the slalom to save energy for the downhill on Saturday, the marquee event of the three-day Hahnenkamm races.
Mayer won’t compete in the slalom, either.
"Getting beaten by 0.06 is bitter," the Olympic downhill champion said. "Tomorrow is another chance for a win. I will use the afternoon for my preparations."
Ted Ligety, the world champion in super-G and super-combined, failed to finish. The American was the first starter and missed a gate after landing from a jump toward the end of his run.
Ligety’s teammate, Andrew Weibrecht, placed fifth for his career-best World Cup result.
"It’s a great run for me," the Olympic super-G silver medalist said. "I was aggressive, stuck to my plan."
The race was interrupted for 20 minutes following a nasty crash by Switzerland’s Marc Gisin, who was taken to hospital by helicopter. The Swiss ski team said Gini had a mild concussion but escaped other injuries.