Top American Ligety finishes eighth
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta -- Canada's Manuel Osborne-Paradis won the season-opening super-giant slalom Sunday for his second career World Cup victory.
Osborne-Paradis, from Invermere, British Columbia, finished in 1 minute, 32.93 seconds. He also won a downhill event last season in Norway.
"Wow. Did anybody else expect this? Because I didn't," Osborne-Paradis said. "I just pushed it. I made lots of mistakes, but I made sure the skis were always running cleanly and down the fault line and it worked out. It worked out really well."
Austria's Benjamin Raich finished second, 0.24 seconds behind Osborne-Paradis. Austria's Michael Walchhofer was third.
Ted Ligety was the top American, finishing eighth in 1:33.87. Andrew Weibrecht was 12th, and Marco Sullivan finished 15th.
Canada's John Kucera broke his left leg in a crash and was airlifted off the course. Alpine Canada said he would undergo surgery.
Osborne-Paradis did his best to celebrate the victory, spraying his teammates with champagne, while expressing concern about Kucera.
"That was the toughest part, I think," Osborne-Paradis said. "You're in the lead, but then you're obviously looking at your buddy who you train with all the time. It's a sad thing to see."
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