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Feuz beats Miller in Super-G race


Beat Feuz of Switzerland celebrates in the finish area yesterday after winning the men’s Ski World Cup Super-G race in Val Gardena, Italy.

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Switzerland’s Beat Feuz took advantage of a lowered start to beat Bode Miller to victory in an Alpine Ski World Cup Super-G race yesterday.

After three podium places in the North American swing of the World Cup, Feuz mastered the shortened Saslong piste in 1 minute, 21.51 seconds for the second World Cup win of his career.

The 24-year-old Feuz, who won a downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway, in March, started with bib No. 26 and dislodged the US’ Miller from the top spot by half a second.

Miller won his first World Cup race for more than three years in the Beaver Creek, Colorado, downhill two weeks ago, but a decision by the organizers to lower the start by 250m because of poor visibility handicapped speed specialists.

“I watched the others go down and I tried to understand why the gaps were increasing behind Bode,” Feuz said. “I just tried to ski as best as I know and it’s a bit of a surprise to me.”

Fast-improving Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud was third, a further 0.15 seconds behind and ahead of teammate Aksel Lund Svindal.

Svindal, the specialty’s Olympic champion, leads the overall World Cup standings on 384 points, 24 more than second-placed Feuz.

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