Walchhofer wins men's super-G in snowstorm

Dec. 17, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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VAL GARDENA, Italy, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Austria's Michael Walchhofer moved into first place in the overall World Cup standings Friday with a win in the men's super-giant slalom at Val Gardena, Italy.

Walchhofer, who also leads in the super-G category, turned in a combined-run time of 1 minute, 34.35 seconds about 1 second ahead of Germany's Stephan Keppler and third-place finisher Erik Guay of Canada.

The victory was Walchhofer's 17th career World Cup victory and the first podium finish for Keppler.

Austria enjoyed a good day with five Top-10 finishers. Bode Miller was the top American finisher with a 1:36.45 that placed 16th.

The racing took place despite a blinding snowfall that obscured vision on the course. The snow was bad enough that nearly 450 flights in Germany were grounded and the women's World Cup super-G in Val d'Isere, France, was canceled due to 3 feet of new snow on the course.

Snow conditions at Val Gardena were described as relatively firm although 15 skiers failed to finish in the first run alone.

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