High five for Dominik Paris in Bormio

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Italian skier builds on Friday’s success to win again on home snow.

Dominik Paris reached new heights in Bormio on Saturday, winning a record fifth downhill on the Selvio piste, the fourth in succession, to confirm his status as the most successful Italian downhill specialist in FIS World Cup history.

Already crowned on home snow on the same piste on Friday, the 30-year-old won ahead of the Swiss pair of unheralded Urs Kryenbuehl and downhill World Cup holder Beat Feuz. Here is all you need to know:

– Paris won in one minute and 55.37 seconds, beating Kryenbuehl by 0.08 seconds and Feuz by 0.26 seconds.

– His 14th victory in a World Cup downhill makes Paris the most successful Italian male skier in the discipline ahead of Kristian Ghedina, who won 12 downhills between 1989 and 2001.

– In the all-time list of downhill World Cup winners, Paris is now joint sixth with Austria’s Michael Walchhofer and Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal.

– Super-G world champion Paris has now won 18 World Cup races, the four others being Super-Gs, including one in Bormio last season.

– Paris also leads both the overall and downhill World Cup standings. In the race for the big globe, he tops the list on 449 points, ahead of Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who is on 394. In the downhill classification, the Italian leads holder Feuz by four points on 304 points.

– The day’s downhill started from the top of the Stelvio slope unlike Friday’s, which had been shortened because of the weather and visibility conditions. The wind was a factor on Saturday, but it didn’t affect Paris’s performance.

– The surprise of the day came from Kryenbuehl, whose best World Cup result before the Bormio weekend was a 20th place in a Super-G in Kvitfjell in 2017.

– Thomas Dressen, winner of the opening downhill of the season in Lake Louise, didn’t start Saturday’s downhill after finishing ninth on Friday. The German, who missed most of last season through injury, was said to have decided to rest his knee.

– The Stelvio weekend ends on Sunday with a combined on the same piste.

– Paris said: “It was a bit hard with the wind, especially in the lower section, but the ski was good. I’ve always liked Hermann Maier’s aggressiveness and I always try to channel it.”

Top 10 results
1. Dominik Paris (Italy) 1:55.37
2. Urs Kryenbuehl (Switzerland) 0.08 seconds behind
3. Beat Feuz (Switzerland) 0.26
4. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (Norway) 0.73
5. Matthias Mayer (Austria) 0.84
6. Niels Hintermann (Switzerland) 0.88
7. Johan Clarey (France) 1.09
8. Adrien Theaux (France) 1.40
9. Maxence Muzaton (France) 1.53
10. Vincent Kriechmayr (Austria) 1.61

Overall World Cup standings
1. Dominik Paris (Italy) 449 points
2. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (Norway) 394
3. Henrik kristoffersen (Norway) 379
4. Matthias Mayer (Austria) 362
5. Beat Feuz (Switzerland) 361
6. Vincent Kriechmayr (Austria) 338
7. Alexis Pinturault (France) 301
8. Thomas Dressen (Germany) 231
9. Marco Odermatt (Switzerland) 222
10. Mauro Caviezel (Switzerland)  

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