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Buechel edges Maier in super-G

Eric Willemsen
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado
Liechtenstein's ski racer Marco Buechel celbrates his victory in the finish area after his race in the men's World Cup Super-G in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

KITZBUEHEL, Austria ” Marco Buechel of Liechtenstein won a men’s super-G race on Friday to become the oldest winner of a World Cup event.

Buechel, who is 36 years, two months and 14 days old, had a near-flawless run in the partly foggy conditions on the Streifalm course to finish in 1 minute, 15.44 seconds.

Hermann Maier took second, 0.16 seconds behind. Maier was fastest throughout until he lost time on the final jump before the finish line. World Cup discipline leader Didier Cuche and Mario Scheiber shared third, trailing Buechel by 0.33.

“This victory was a dream, the biggest thing for me,” said Buechel, who now has two World Cup super-G wins and four overall. “I was incredibly nervous, especially when Hermann was racing.”

Canada’s John Kucera and Robbie Dixon were fifth and sixth. Marco Sullivan of the United States was 10th, while teammate Bode Miller was among the fastest starters, but lost the ideal line and finished 12th.

Buechel said his victory took him by surprise.

“I absolutely did not expect to win here. I’ve had my problems at the super-G in the last couple of years,” Buechel said. “My secret? Useless attacking. No, seriously, you had to attack all the way to come out on top.”

The 35-year-old Maier, a five-time super-G winner at the traditional Hahnenkamm races, finished on the podium for the first time since coming third at the super-G in Hinterstoder, Austria, in December 2006.

“This is great, of course. I had a really good run and I just had fun out there,” Maier said. “I could rely on my technical skills.”

Cuche was fast on the first part, but lost considerable time as he skied off-course.

“I had a huge error halfway through the race, so I am happy to be on the podium. I managed to find my line again soon and a fast finish,” said Cuche, who extended his lead in the super-G standings.

Scheiber has recently been hit by injuries.

“I was pain-free today and felt really well. Due to the fog, the circumstances were not the same for everyone, but that’s no excuse,” Scheiber said.

Overall World Cup leader Benjamin Raich trailed Buechel by 0.59 seconds but stayed top of the rankings.

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