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Val d’Isere, France Dec. 7, 2001 (AP by Erica Bulman)–Austria’s Stephan Eberharter clinched his first World Cup super-G victory Friday after finishing runnerup three times before at this French resort.
Taking advantage of the absence of World Cup overall and super G champion Hermann Maier–still recovering from a motorcycle accident this summer–Eberharter sped down the icy Oreiller Killy course in 1 minute, 26.53 seconds.
It marked the 32-year-old Austrian’s first career win on one of the circuit’s so-called classic courses.
Last season he was runnerup to Maier in the World Cup overall and downhill standings. Eberharter finished runnerup in a super-G here in 1999, in a downhill last year and a giant slalom in 1998.
Swiss skiers claimed the two other spots on the podium, with Didier Cuche second in 1:26.57 and Silvano Beltrametti third in 1:27.18.
It was a disappointing day for the United States, with World super G champion Daron Rahlves finishing out of the top 20. Teammate Bode Miller crashed out after losing control on a jump.
“It’s a bit disappointing,” Rahlves said. “I made a few small tactical mistakes at the top of the course that made me turn wide and lose speed.”
The super-G was a last minute addition to the program in Val d’Isere, after the one in Beaver Creek was scrapped due to lack of snow.
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