LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) – Liechtenstein’s Marco Buechel gave his father a birthday gift on the slopes Saturday, winning a World Cup downhill by five-hundredths of a second.

Buechel dedicated the victory to his father, Norbert, who turned 60 on Saturday, after winning in 1 minute, 50.72 seconds. Canadian Manuel Osborne-Paradis was second in 1:50.77 and Peter Fill of Italy was third in 1:50.86.

Austrians had dominated this World Cup race by winning five of six from 1999 to 2005, but their top result Saturday was Hans Grugger’s fourth. Teammate and defending race champion Fritz Strobl was 19th. Defending overall World Cup champion Michael Walchhofer, also of Austria, was 10th.

The top American was Steven Nyman, who was 17th in 1:51.99. Bode Miller, who won a downhill and super-G at Lake Louise in 2004, was 29th in 1:52.48.

A super-giant slalom is scheduled for Sunday.


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