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Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud wins Beaver Creek downhill; U.S. surprise

Kjetil Jansrud

Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud won his third straight World Cup race, while American Steve Nyman made his first podium in two years in a downhill in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Friday.

Jansrud, the Olympic super-G champion, clocked 1 minute, 40.17 seconds at the Birds of Prey course. Swiss Beat Feuz was second, .54 behind, followed by Nyman, .56 back.

“I don’t think I’ve had a more perfect run,” Jansrud told Nyman.

Jansrud has won five of the eight World Cup speed races (downhill and super-G) since the Sochi Olympics.

He became the first man to win three straight World Cup races since Austrian Marcel Hirscher in January 2012. Jansrud is dominating World Cup speed events in the absence of injured countryman Aksel Lund Svindal, the reigning World Cup downhill and super-G champion.

Nyman, 32 and a three-time Olympian, posted his best World Cup result since winning a downhill in Val Gardena, Italy, on Dec. 15, 2012.

“This is a good confidence booster,” Nyman said.

Olympic teammate Travis Ganong was fifth.

U.S. Olympic giant slalom champion Ted Ligety was 28th in his least-favorite discipline.

NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will air coverage of Friday’s downhill from 10:30-11:30 p.m. ET.

The World Cup season continues with a super-G and giant slalom on Saturday and Sunday. NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will have coverage both days.

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