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Dominik Paris takes Alpine World Cup downhill win record in Bormio

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Italian skier Dominik Paris etched his name on one of the prime ski locations in his home country, becoming the winningest downhill racer in World Cup events in Bormio.

Paris won for the fourth time Friday, breaking a tie for wins on the Bormio slope with retired Austrian skier Michael Walchhofer. The 30-year-old skier also moved into second place in the overall World Cup standings and in the downhill standings. His best World Cup season was last year, when he was fourth overall, first in the super-G and second in the downhill.

Two-time defending World Cup downhill champion Beat Feuz maintained his lead in the World Cup downhill standings with a second-place finish. Austria’s Matthias Mayer rounded out the podium to move up to fourth overall. Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde placed fourth and is only five points behind Paris in the overall standings.

Travis Ganong was the top American, taking eighth place for his third top-10 run of the season. Ryan Cochran-Siegle continued his breakthrough year with an 11th-place finish, putting him 18th in the overall standings after never finishing higher than 53rd in past years.

Ganong crashed in Bormio two years ago, ruining his chances of racing in the 2018 Olympics.

“It’s really nice to finally have another good result here in Bormio,” Ganong said in a U.S. Ski & Snowboard release. “This is where I had my first top 10, but also two years ago I blew out my knee, and last year it was really bad luck with my ski popping off and I tore my LCL. It was just a grade two tear, so I was able to come back, but I hadn’t had a finish here in two years.”

The speed specialists will have a chance to surge past overall leader Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway with a second downhill scheduled for Saturday in Bormio. The weekend wraps with a combined event Sunday.

Saturday’s race was on the original World Cup season schedule. Friday’s race was a makeup race, rescheduled after bad weather canceled a race in Val Gardena, Italy.

Mikaela Shiffrin will try to rebound from a shocking giant slalom performance when women’s World Cup racing resumes Friday in Lienz, Austria. Shiffrin lost the World Cup lead in giant slalom with a 17th-place finish Dec. 17 in Couchevel, France. She still has a substantial lead in her quest for a fourth consecutive World Cup overall title with 546 points. Italy’s Federica Brignone, who took the giant slalom lead from Shiffrin, is second with 381 points.

The women also have a slalom scheduled on Sunday. Shiffrin has won 12 of her last 13 World Cup slalom races and has finished no lower than second since failing to finish in January 2018.

NBC Sports Gold will have all of the races live this weekend, with the women’s giant slalom runs scheduled for 4:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday. The men’s downhill race will also be on the Olympic Channel at 5:30 a.m. ET.

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Skier races downhill with one ski

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Poland’s Pawel Babicki finished 67th of 67 skiers in a World Cup downhill in Bormio, Italy, on Thursday.

But he was the only one to finish with just one ski.

Babicki lost his left ski early in his run and still made it down the course without missing a gate. He traversed the track with one ski for nearly two minutes.

He finished in 2 minutes, 33.42 seconds, or 36.47 seconds behind winner Dominik Paris of Italy.

Babicki’s impressive showing is reminiscent of Bode Miller‘s downhill run in the world championships combined in Bormio in 2005.

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Ted Ligety beaten up in Bormio slalom; Neureuther wins

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Ted Ligety will leave Bormio, Italy, with a 27th-place finish and a few stitches.

The American was slapped in the face by a gate in training for Monday evening’s World Cup slalom race. He then skied into 15th in the first run and fell during his second run, somehow not missing a gate, but it relegated him to last place out of 27 finishers in the second run.

“I skied relatively well in sections, I just made some mistakes here and there,” Ligety said. “And this hill is so flat you definitely pay on those little mistakes.”

German Felix Neureuther came from one hundredth behind after the first run to beat world champion Marcel Hirscher in a two-run time of 1 minute, 59.75 seconds. Hirscher was second, .36 back, followed by Italy’s Manfred Moelgg.

Neureuther was second to Hirscher at the World Championships and in the World Cup slalom standings last season and is a medal favorite behind Hirscher in Sochi.

Ligety, who last year became the first man in 45 years to win three gold medals at a World Championships, has one top-10 in races other than giant slalom this season.

What Ligety did at the World Championships last February must be put in perspective when assessing his Sochi medal chances. Yes, he is still incredible in giant slalom, where he has won two races this season but trails Hirscher in the World Cup standings.

But Ligety, the 2006 Olympic combined champion, had never before won a World Cup or World Championships race other than giant slalom before he took the super combined and super-G crowns in Schladming, Austria.

He hasn’t made a World Cup podium outside giant slalom since Dec. 12, 2009.

Monday’s race was moved from Zagreb, Croatia, due to lack of snow. The Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a giant slalom and slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, on Saturday and Sunday.

Bormio Slalom
1. Felix Neureuther (GER) 1:59.75
2. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) 2:00.11
3. Manfred Moelgg (ITA) 2:00.40
4. Naoki Yuasa (JPN) 2:00.48
5. Mattias Hargin (SWE) 2:00.80
6. Jean-Baptiste Grange (FRA) 2:00.87
7. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) 2:00.93
8. Fritz Dopfer (GER) 2:00.94
9. Andre Myhrer (SWE) 2:01.23
10. Luca Aerni (SUI) 2:01.30
15. David Chodounsky (USA) 2:01.81
27. Ted Ligety (USA) 2:04.40

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