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Graggaber Wins World Junior Downhill

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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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