Aspen’s Wiley Maple 22nd in Cup downhill
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud won the season-opening men’s World Cup downhill Saturday.
The Olympic super-G champion finished in 1 minute, 50.20 seconds.
Aspen native Wiley Maple charged to a 22nd-place finish Saturday after starting 54th. It was his best World Cup finish.
“Lake Louise is not one of our toughest hills, but it’s real tough to ski fast,” Jansrud said. “It’s not really forgiving to ski on. If you stay on your edge for half a meter too long and then you’re gone. It was tough skiing. It’s not easy.
“It’s like skiing on a wooden floor. Smooth, but that also makes it hard to be fast because you know it’s going to be the same for everybody. It’s tough, but for me, it worked out nice.”
Canada’s Manny Osborne-Paradis and France’s Guillermo Fayed tied for second, 0.14 seconds back.
Marco Sullivan was the top American, finishing fifth in 1:50.68.
Travis Ganong was 11th in 1:50.98, and Steven Nyman was 16th in 1:51.41.
A men’s super-G is scheduled for today at Lake Louise.
Osborne-Paradis earned Canadian’s first World Cup medal since 2010.
“It feels really good,” Osborne-Paradis said. “I was nervous today because I knew I could be on the podium. This was the best chance I’ve had.”
Fayed earned his first World Cup medal.
“I was very surprised when I saw my time,” Fayed said. “I did a very good run, but you never know if you are fast or not. Because we had just one training (run), I was very good physically. Not tired.”
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