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Goergl wins Super G

Bret Hartman / Vail DailyAustrian Stephan Goergl celebrates at the finish line Thursday during the World Cup Birds of Prey super-G competition. Goergl places first with a time of 1:13.40.

BEAVER CREEK ” An Austrian won the Birds of Prey super-G World Cup race Thursday in Beaver Creek.

It’s just not the one people expected.

Twenty-six-year-old Stephan Goergl pulled the shocker, winning his first World Cup title. He is the second consecutive first-time winner in the super-G at the Birds of Prey. Last year, Norway’s Bjarne Solbakken broke out with his first win at the Beav’.

Goergl, who won in 1 minute, 13.40 seconds, held off a late charge by American Bode Miller (1:13.64), who finished in second place. It was the first time Miller has not won a race this year ” he won the first three events of the World Cup season ” but was a very impressive result for the American. First, speed events are not his specialty and he also has a bad history at the Bird of Prey, falling three times last year.

Austria’s Mario Scheiber rounded out the podium in third (1:13.72).

Other notables included Austria’s Hermann Maier, an eight-time winner at Beaver Creek, who finished eighth (1:14.14); teammate Fritz Strobl, who won downhill qualifying Wednesday, was fifth in 1:13.93 and American Daron Rahlves was in 17th (1:14.56).

The Birds of Prey 2004 continues Friday with the downhill at 11 a.m.

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