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Weibrecht finishes 20th in World Cup super-G

December 16, 2011
By the Associated Press

VAL GARDENA, Italy - Beat Feuz of Switzerland outskied Bode Miller to win a super-G on Friday in the World Cup circuit's return to Europe.

He won in 1 minute, 21.51 seconds on the twisty and terrain-filled Saslong course. Miller finished 0.30 seconds behind, and Kjetil Jansrud of Norway was third.

Miller was an early starter with the No. 8 bib and put down a near flawless run in decent, although snowy, conditions. He watched as the top-ranked super-G racers - starting with Nos. 16 and 22 - were slowed by poor visibility.

However, just as the American was getting ready to celebrate, the snowfall and visibility lightened. Feuz led Miller at every checkpoint to clinch the second win of his career, having also won a downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway, at the end of last season.

Aksel Lund Svindal finished fourth to keep the overall World Cup lead, with Feuz trailing the Norwegian by only 24 points. Ted Ligety of the United States, who sat out the race, dropped to third, 75 points behind. Miller is fourth overall.

Olympic super-G bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid finished 20th.

"This hasn't necessarily been a good hill in the past for Weibrecht, but today he showed some aggressive skiing and I'm proud of his performance," said U.S. Ski Team coach Sasha Rearick.

The traditional downhill is scheduled for the Saslong on Saturday, then the circuit moves across the Gardena pass to nearby Alta Badia for giant slalom and slalom races Sunday and Monday.

A wave of unusually warm weather across Europe forced races in Levi, Finland, and Val d'Isere, France, to be moved. The weekend races are the first in Europe since the season opener in Soelden, Austria, in October.

 
 

 

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