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Walchhofer, Dorfmeister Win World Cup Downhill Skiiing Races


Austrian skier Michael Walchhofer has won a men's World Cup downhill race on the famed Streif course in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Walchhofer finished the course in one minute, 46.75 seconds. Liechtenstein's Marco Buechel was second, five-100ths of one second back with American Daron Rahlves third 33-100ths of one second behind the winner. Defending overall champion Bode Miller of the United States was fourth.

Saturday's win was Walchhofer's second downhill victory this season and gave the 60,000 Austrian fans plenty to cheer. The Streif course was shortened by 300 meters because of thick fog at the top of the mountain.

The win puts Walchhofer in second place in the World Cup overall standings (with 704 points) behind countryman Benjamin Raich (732 points). Rahlves is third overall (with 689 points). Miller is fourth overall, 137 points behind Raich.

Meanwhile, Austrian skier Michaela Dorfmeister has won a World Cup women's downhill race in St. Moritz, Switzerland, her third World Cup victory this season.

Dorfmeister finished the course in one minute, 43.76 seconds, seven-10ths of one second ahead of veteran compatriot Renate Goetschl. Three-time Olympic champion Janica Kostelic of Croatia was third, 19-100ths of one second off the winner.

Dorfmeister leads the World Cup downhill discipline standings (412 points). Kostelic remains the overall World Cup women's Alpine leader (1,058 points).

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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