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Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal wins downhill

Updated: November 24, 2012, 7:54 PM ET
Associated Press

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta -- Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal won the season-opening World Cup men's downhill Saturday, beating Austria's Max Franz by 0.64 seconds.

Svindal finished the Olympic course in 1 minute, 48.31 seconds.

American Marco Sullivan and Austria's Klaus Kroell tied for third at 1:48.97. Sullivan started well back in the field in the 42nd position.

"I was definitely stunned," said Sullivan, from Squaw Valley, Calif. "I knew I had had a good run. I didn't have any expectations ...

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