Sweden's Anja Paerson has won her second career World Cup downhill ski race by edging home favorite Michaela Dorfmeister by 0.04 seconds in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria (1:37.70 to 1:37.74).
Fraenzi Aufdenblatten of Sweden was a close third, only 0.08 seconds off the pace (1:37.78).
Croatian Janica Kostelic, the World Cup overall leader, missed the podium by a mere 0.01 seconds (1:37.79). She finished less than 0.10 seconds behind Paerson, her main rival for the World Cup overall title.
Last season, Kostelic was second to Paerson overall by just three points. So far this season the Croatian skier has 782 points to the Swede's 685.
Another women's downhill will be held Saturday at the same site, followed by a Super G on Sunday at the redesigned Franz Klammer slope, where the first World Cup is being staged since 1997.
Some information for this report provided by AP.