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Walchhofer Wins World Cup Downhill in Colorado

Austrian Michael Walchhofer has beaten American Steven Nyman by 0.05 seconds to win a World Cup men's downhill ski race in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Walchhofer benefited from lighter snowfall to complete the Birds of Prey Course in 1:13.74. It was his 12th career World Cup victory and ended a drought for Austria's team. The last Austrian skier to win a race was 2006 overall champion Benjamin Raich, who won the season final slalom in Switzerland last march.

Nyman was forced to settle for second place with Didier Cuche of Switzerland third 0.10 seconds off the pace (1:13.84).

Race officials lowered the start of the competition because of high winds on the upper portion of the course. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway leads the overall World Cup standings with 234 points. Austrian Benjamin Raich is second 56 points back.

Some information for this report provided by AP.