Svindal wins World Cup downhill at Beaver Creek |

Svindal wins World Cup downhill at Beaver Creek

Pat Graham
AP Sports Writer
Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal reacts as he crosses the finish line after posting the fastest time during the men's World Cup downhill skiing event, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Beaver Creek, Colo. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

BEAVER CREEK — Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway weathered falling snow, freezing temperatures and low visibility to win a World Cup downhill race Friday.

Svindal finished in a time of 1 minute, 44.50 seconds, beating Hannes Reichelt of Austria by 0.17 seconds. Peter Fill of Italy was third.

Bode Miller, of Franconia, N.H., wound up in 13th place as he works his way back from a knee injury that sidelined him all of last season.

This wasn’t the downhill course the racers have grown accustomed to at Beaver Creek. It was a hybrid path that featured part of the women’s downhill before switching over to the more traditional men’s setting.

No matter the terrain in Beaver Creek, Svindal finds a way to shine. He’s now won four races at this venue.

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