Austrian denies Kjetil Jansrud history in Beaver Creek

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Austrian Hannes Reichelt won his first race since back surgery knocked him out of the Sochi Olympics, denying Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud a fourth straight World Cup victory in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Saturday.

Reichelt, 34, captured a super-G on the Birds of Prey course in 1 minute, 12.78 seconds. Jansrud, who won the previous three North American races over the last week, took second, .52 behind. France’s Alexis Pinturault rounded out the podium.

Americans Andrew Weibrecht and Ted Ligety were 10th and 11th.

NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will air coverage of the Beaver Creek super-G on Saturday from 5-6 p.m. ET.

Reichelt won his eighth career World Cup race and first since taking the famed Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, on Jan. 25, two weeks before the Sochi Olympics.

Reichelt found out he had a herniated disk in his back on Jan. 27. “Unfortunately my Olympic dream is in shatters,” he said then.

Jansrud, the Sochi super-G gold medalist, failed in a bid to become the first man since Hermann Maier in 1998 to win four straight World Cup races. Still, Jansrud upped his lead in the World Cup overall standings.

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