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Buechel wins in Lake Louise

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AP photoMarco Buechel flies down the course on his way to winning the men's downhill World Cup race in Lake Louise, Alberta, on Saturday.
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LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Liechtenstein’s Marco Buechel gave his father a birthday gift on the slopes Saturday, winning a World Cup downhill by five-hundredths of a second. Buechel dedicated the victory to his father, Norbert, who turned 60 on Saturday, after winning in 1 minute, 50.72 seconds. Canadian Manuel Osborne-Paradis was second in 1:50.77 and Peter Fill of Italy was third in 1:50.86.

Austrians had dominated this World Cup race by winning five of six from 1999 to 2005, but their top result Saturday was Hans Grugger’s fourth. Teammate and defending race champion Fritz Strobl was 19th. Defending overall World Cup champion Michael Walchhofer, also of Austria, was 10th.The top American was Steven Nyman, who was 17th in 1:51.99. Bode Miller, who won a downhill and super-G at Lake Louise in 2004, was 29th in 1:52.48.

“It was a little disappointing,” said U.S. men’s head coach Phil McNichol. “For a while, I thought we’d fare OK – not great, but OK – with a couple of top-15s, but then guys started jumping in from the back … and we kept dropping. It’s no consolation that the Olympic champion (Frenchman Antoine Deneriaz) and the defending overall World Cup champion (Benni Raich of Austria) didn’t break into the top 30, either.”Clearly, our guys didn’t ski as well as they can. We had been targeting this technical section, which clearly was an important part – the top of Gunbarrel, a net turn, a big fall away and you need to carry your speed onto the flats … and, in general, our guys did much better there, but there were too many mistakes in other parts.”

The men run super-G today at 11: 30 a.m. Then the men head to Beaver Creek for the annual Birds of Prey races.Vail Daily, Vail Colorado CO


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