Paris seals super-G World Cup title with victory


Paris (AFP)

Italian Dominik Paris sealed his first World Cup globe in style on Thursday when he won the final super-G of the season in Andorra.

Paris started the day with a 44-point lead in the standings over Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr. Three other men also had a chance of winning the title.

But Paris, who just missed out on the downhill title the day before, skied seventh and recorded a time none of his rivals could match. He was assured of the title after the 13th of the 23 starters had completed the course.

The Italian appeared to be flying at the top of the course, making an impressive first jump. He maintained his speed lower down despite some minor mistakes.

Paris, who was once a Alpine herdsman and sings in a death metal band, beat Swiss runner-up Mauro Caviezel, who jumped to third in the final standings, by 0.15sec, with Kriechmayr 0.44sec back.

Paris, 29, has enjoyed a spectacular season. He won the super-G at the World Championships in Are, Sweden, in February, finished on the podium in five of the World Cup super-G races and won four World Cup downhills.

Overall standings (after 36 of 38 races):

1. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) 1,508 pts, 2. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) 1,015, 3. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) 988, 4. Dominik Paris (ITA) 950, 5. Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) 739, 6. Beat Feuz (SUI) 722, 7. Mauro Caviezel (SUI) 696,8. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) 651, 9. Marco Schwarz (AUT) 560, 10. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) 538.

Super-G final standings:

1. Dominik Paris (ITA) 430 pts, 2. Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) 346, 3. Mauro Caviezel (SUI) 324, 4. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) 316, 5. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) 299