BORMIO, Italy (AP) — Italy’s Dominik Paris made it two World Cup victories in two days on home snow by winning a men’s super-G by the slimmest of margins on Saturday.
Paris, who won a downhill on Friday, beat Olympic champion Matthias Mayer of Austria by 0.01 seconds for a record fourth victory on the Stelvio course, eclipsing Austrian greats Hermann Maier and Michael Walchhofer.
“It’s been two fantastic days,” Paris said. “I don’t have the words to describe it.”
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde of Norway finished third, 0.46 behind.
Paris trailed Mayer by 0.33 at the final checkpoint but used his massive thighs to absorb all of the rolls and bumps over the final gates and maintain a smoother line.
“You’ve got to be a complete skier here — good technically and strong tactically,” Paris said. “You’ve got to ski with your head because you can’t just get in your tuck and point your skis downhill.”
It was the 11th career win for Paris, including two victories in the famed downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria.
“Dominik deserves it,” Mayer said. “We’re in Italy now. So maybe when we’re back in Austria we can switch positions.”
Norwegian racer Stian Saugestad crashed midway down and banged his back and neck on the snow before hitting the safety nets.
Saugestad stood up and had a collar applied to his neck before being airlifted off the course by helicopter to a local hospital.
Injury details were not immediately available.
Aksel Lund Svindal remained atop the super-G standings despite finishing 17th. Svindal is 29 points ahead of Switzerland’s Mauro Caviezel.
Despite not competing in the super-G, Marcel Hirscher kept a comfortable lead in the overall standings.
Austrians Vincent Kriechmayr and Max Franz finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Kjetil Jansrud and Christof Innerhofer both skied off course during their runs.
The top Americans were Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Steven Nyman in 22nd and 23rd, respectively.
The World Cup resumes with a parallel slalom city event in Oslo, Norway, on New Year’s Day.
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