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Alpine Skiing: Rahlves Wins Men's WC Downhill


American skier Daron Rahlves has won his third World Cup men's downhill race of the season by beating Austrian Michael Walchhofer in Wengen, Switzerland.

Rahlves finished the 4,480 meter Lauberhorn course in two minutes, 30.54 seconds. Walchhofer was second, 0.40 seconds behind.

Austrian teammate and 2002 Olympic champion Fritz Strobl finished third, 1.06 seconds behind the American.

Reigning World Cup overall champion Bode Miller of the United States finished 11th, nearly 2.5 seconds behind Rahlves. Miller was supposed to start the race in the 27th slot but was dropped to 31st after he did not show up for a mandatory bib presentation ceremony Friday night.

Benjamin Raich of Austria retained the overall World Cup lead with 706 points. Walchhofer is second 106 points back with Rahlves third (589 points).

Some information for this report provided by AP.