Canada's Manuel Osborne-Paradis won his first World Cup title at the Kvitfjell downhill in Norway. This event was the replacement for the Garmisch-Partenkirchen which had to be cancelled because of bad weather.
AFP - Canada's Manuel Osborne-Paradis won a men's World Cup downhill here on Friday ahead of Michael Walchhofer of Austria and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway.
Osborne-Paradis, opening his World Cup account after four podium finishes, timed 1min 47.09sec, with Walchhofer and Svindal .31s and .37s adrift respectively.
Svindal's bold placing lifted him up a rung to third in the overall World Cup standings, only 26 points behind leader Ivica Kostelic ahead of Saturday's second downhill on the Kvitfjell slope.
Friday's race, staged in benign conditions after a smattering of soft snow, saw Kostelic retain his place at the top of the standings despite the Croat trailing in 36th, with second-placed Benjamin Raich in 29th spot.
It was a bad day at the office for Switzerland's Didier Cuche, who had been fastest in Thursday's training run.
His hopes of improving on his fifth place in the race for the World Cup title were dashed as he came in .94s behind Osborne-Paradis in 15th place.
The 25-year-old British Columbia-born Osborne-Paradis was building on the third spot he took in the downhill at Val Gardena earlier this season.
This race was added to the calendar after the downhill scheduled for January at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany was lost to the weather.
The World Cup programme continues here Saturday with the second downhill followed on Sunday by a super-G.
Date created : 2009-03-06