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New overall World Cup leader as Canadian wins in Kvitfjell; Americans in top 10

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Canadian Erik Guay won a World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway, on Saturday while Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal‘s sixth-place finish was enough to move into the overall World Cup lead.

Americans Travis Ganong and Bode Miller were fourth and eighth, respectively. Ganong, 25, scored his first career World Cup podium in Friday’s downhill. Miller, 36, improved from 16th on Friday.

“It’s really fun skiing right now,” Ganong said. “I’m having a good time, and the results are coming. Hopefully in Lenzerheide [Switzerland at World Cup Finals in two weeks] I can make that one last little step up to the top of the podium and then just carry all this momentum towards the World Champs in Beaver Creek [in 2015]. I’d like to continue on this streak, it’s really nice right now.”

The World Cup tour continues with a super-G in Kvitfjell on Sunday. The women’s World Cup downhill scheduled for Saturday in Switzerland was canceled due to fog.

Guay, the 2011 world downhill champion, won his fifth career World Cup race and second this season in 1 minute, 22.17 seconds. France’s Johan Clarey was second, .35 behind, followed by Austrian Matthias Mayer, the Olympic downhill champion.

Ganong missed his second straight podium by .05.

Svindal, who went medal-less in Sochi while ill, moved ahead of Austrian Marcel Hirscher for the overall World Cup lead. Svindal specializes in speed events downhill and super-G, while Hirscher concentrates on technical events slalom and giant slalom.

Hirscher is trying to become the third man to win the overall World Cup title three straight years and the first since American Phil Mahre from 1981-83.

There are seven races left this season — four technical events and three speed events.

Kvitfjell Downhill No. 2
1. Erik Guay (CAN) 1:22.17
2. Johan Clarey (FRA) 1:22.52
3. Matthias Mayer (AUT) 1:22.74
4. Travis Ganong (USA) 1:22.79
5. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) 1:22.80
6. Silvan Zurbriggen (SUI) 1:22.82
6. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) 1:22.82
8. Bode Miller (USA) 1:22.89
9. Dominik Paris (ITA) 1:23.02
10. Werner Heel (ITA) 1:23.04
24. Marco Sullivan (USA) 1:23.44
25. Steven Nyman (USA) 1:23.45
32. Erik Fisher (USA) 1:23.79
38. Andrew Weibrecht (USA) 1:23.85
46. Jared Goldberg (USA) 1:24.28

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Amy Purdy, Winter Paralympic medalist, to perform at Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremony

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Amy Purdy made her name as a snowboardcross bronze medalist at the Sochi Paralympics and runner-up on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014.

In September, she’ll combine both.

Purdy will perform as a dancer in the Rio Paralympic Opening Ceremony on Sept. 7, in addition to being an NBC reporter during the Games.

She was told her performance will be four to five minutes. On “Dancing with the Stars,” her performances were about 90 seconds, she said. She traveled to Rio for a week of rehearsals in July.

Purdy, 36, survived bacterial meningitis in 1999 but lost both her legs and later needed a kidney from her father at age 20.

“I’m most excited about the concept of this dance,” Purdy said. “Just the idea of man versus machine. A lot of times we feel really limited because of our prosthetics. But this dance, hopefully, will kind of shatter those borders a little bit and allow me to move my body in a way I haven’t done before.”

Purdy is an innovator. She built her own snowboard and is seen as instrumental in getting her sport into the Paralympic program beginning in 2014.

A model, she’s been in a Madonna music video, a Super Bowl commercial, ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue and competed on “The Amazing Race” in 2012.

MORE: Rio Paralympic broadcast schedule

Sneak peek at Lindsey Vonn’s episode of ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’

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Lindsey Vonn‘s episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” will air on NBC on Monday at 10 p.m. ET.

From NBC Universal:

“After roaring across crystal-clear waters in a speedboat, Bear and Lindsey must strip down and swim to shore before inching their way along the rugged coastline. After rappelling down a sheer rock wall, the two get inventive and use a spear-gun to traverse a hundred-foot deep chasm. With the sun setting, they collect a dinner of sea urchins and Bear challenges Lindsey to a swimming competition with hilarious results. Along the way Lindsey shares her journey of love, Olympic glory, and displays the focus and determination that has made her one of the most successful female athletes of all time.”

Vonn is returning from a Feb. 27 crash that left her with three significant left knee fractures.

With 76 career World Cup wins, she is 10 shy of the record held by Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark.

MORE: Lindsey Vonn wants to race men, retire in 2019