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Austria's Kroll delights homecrowd with super-G win

Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-01-24

Austrian skiier Klaus Kroll, 28, won his first World Cup event by clocking the fastest time of the Kitzbühel super-G. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Ambrosi Hoffmann of Switzerland take second and third places.

AFP - Klaus Kroll of Austria won his first World Cup race here on Friday when he went fastest in a super-G ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway and Ambrosi Hoffmann of Switzerland.
  
The 28-year-old clocked 1 minute 12.78 seconds, 00.22secs ahead of Svindal, who won the super-G at Beaver Creek in December.
  
Kroll's win was a welcome compensation for the home fans after their idol Hermann Maier could only place 12th, his worst-ever performance in a super-G at Kitzbuhel.
  
"It's my greatest dream come true," he said. "To win at Kitzbuhel is huge."
  
"After I injured my wrist at Wengen, I didn't expect to win anything this season.
  
"I had to wear a splint in order to hold the poles and be able to concentrate on the course.
  
"But I will hold off the celebrations for a day as we have the downhill tomorrow."
  
Svindal said that he had lost vital time on the final section after having comfortably negotiated the middle part of the race.
  
The buildup to the race had been marred by the head injuries sustained by Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht in a horror crash in training on Thursday.
  
The 25-year-old reigning world super-combined champion, who won the giant slalom in Solden in October, crashed in a notoriously tricky section of the classic slope just metres from the finish line.
  
He was put into an artificial coma as doctors treated him and on Friday he was said to be in a stable condition with his parents holding vigil at his bedside.
  
Head doctor Jacques Menetrey said that it was too early to say how quickly Albrecht would recover from his injuries, but all the medical signs were positive for the moment.

Date created : 2009-01-23

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