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Buechel Beats "Herminator" to Win WC Ski Race


Marco Buechel of Liechtenstein has become the oldest winner of an alpine World Cup skiing event, taking the men's super giant slalom race on Friday in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

It was a day for the veterans, as the 36-year-old Buechel finished 0.16 seconds ahead of 35-year-old Austrian Hermann Maier (1:15.44 to 1:15.60). Friday was the first podium in 13 months for the man known as "The Herminator."

There was a tie for third between Austrian Mario Scheiber and Didier Cuche of Switzerland, who leads the super-G World Cup standings. They trailed Buechel by 0.33 seconds (1:15.77).

Buechel said the win is a dream for him. It was only his second career World Cup super-G victory.

Overall World Cup leader Benjamin Raich of Austria placed seventh (1:16.03) to stay on top of the rankings. The top American was Marco Sullivan in 10th place (1:16.17). Teammate Bode Miller was 12th (1:16.23).

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP .

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