Streitberger wins Beaver Creek super-G
BEAVER CREEK – Austria’s Georg Streitberger claimed his second World Cup victory Saturday, winning the Birds of Prey super-G in 1 minute, 17.18 seconds, ahead of France’s Adrien Theaux (1:17.29) and Switzerland’s Didier Cuche (1:17.31).
Streitberger’s first win came in super-G as well in Kivtfjell, Norway, in March 2008. The 29-year-old Austrian also captured the third podium of his career – he was third last year in the super-G on home snow in Kitzbuehel.
The Austrian had finished 14th in both of last week’s speed races in Lake Louise, Alberta.
Theaux, who had run well in downhill training this week, picked up the first podium of his World Cup career. Theaux’s previous high had been sixth-place finishes at Are, Sweden, at the 2009 World Cup Finals downhill and at last year’s Lake Louise super-G.
Cuche is absolutely no stranger to the podium at Birds of Prey or anywhere else for that matter. The Swiss veteran is still going strong. This is his third top 10 in a row to start the speed season.
Italy’s Christof Innerhofer was fourth, followed by Austria’s Mario Scheiber. Peter Fill (Italy), Michael Walchhofer (Austria), Robbie Dixon (Canada), Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway) and Stephen Goergl (Austria) rounded out the top 10.
Simply put, it was a dreadful day for the Americans. Bode Miller, Marco Sullivan, Andrew Weibrecht and Ted Ligety were all DNFs. Miller and Weibrecht both went out on a gate just before Screech Owl Turn, midway down the course. Sullivan’s day ended on Russi’s Ride just little further down.
American Steve Nyman did finish in the points in 25th. Rookie Travis Ganong took 31st.
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