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Innerhofer wins men's World Cup downhill

Feb. 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Christoff Innerhofer of Italy won his third men's World Cup downhill of the season Saturday on a shortened course at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Innerhofer, with a time of 1 minute, 37.83 seconds, nipped Georg Streitberger of Austria by 0.12 seconds on the same mountain where he won three medals at the 2011 World Championships.

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The course had to be shortened due to heavy snow this week, which made preparations for the early stages of the track difficult.

"I knew the steep part is where I can do my best and I knew that's where I needed to make up the time I might have lost at the top," said Innerhofer. "On the last jump I felt confident that I had a good run but I really had no idea it would be fast enough for a victory."

Two of Streitberger's Austrian teammates -- Klaus Kroell and Hannes Reichelt -- placed third and fourth, respectively. Aksel Lund-Svindal of Norway was fifth and American Marco Sullivan was 19th.

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