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Italy’s Paris wins World Cup downhill

November 30, 2013

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Dominik Paris of Italy won the season-opening men’s World Cup downhill on Saturday.

Paris’ third career World Cup victory came in 1 minute, 49.90 seconds.

Austria’s Klaus Kroell was second in 1:49.93 and Adrien Theaux of France was third in 1:50.01.

“I pushed very hard at the top and the middle section was very bumpy, so it was difficult to ski very good,” Paris said. “I tried to go fast and strike the line down. At the finish, I skied very good.”

Visibility changed quickly from dim to bright and back to dim again for the first 30 men down the mountain.

“I had good light,” Kroell said. “In some places, it was in the sun. It’s always the same in Lake Louise. Wednesday to Saturday, it always changes a little bit the light and the wind.

“One time you’re the lucky one and another you’re not. Today, I think I was one of the lucky ones.”

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