Graggaber Wins World Junior Downhill


Beauport, Quebec Feb. 21 (AP)–Austria’s Thomas Graggaber edged teammate Klaus Kroell by 0.08 seconds Monday to win the downhill on the opening day of the World Junior Championships.

“It was a little icy and it is very difficult to drive the ski in those conditions,” said Graggaber, who completed the short course at Mont Ste. Anne Ski Area in 1 minute, 10.77 seconds.

Germany’s Martin Kraus finished third in 1:11.40. Travis Townes of Minturn, Colo., was the top U.S. racer, finishing 10th.

Switzerland’s Fraenzi Aufdenblatten won the women’s downhill in 1:13.47. Italy’s Lucia Recchia was second in 1:13.61, and Austria’s Christine Sponring followed in 1:13.73.

“I never, never thought I could win,” Aufdenblatten said. “A top 10 would have been great for me. It’s incredible. I don’t know what to say.”

Julia Mancuso of Tahoe City, Calif., finished 11th.

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