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Travis Ganong bags first Alpine skiing World Cup win (video)


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U.S. Olympian Travis Ganong notched his first World Cup victory, winning a downhill in Santa Caterina, Italy, on Sunday.

Ganong beat Olympic champion Matthias Mayer of Austria by .09. Italian Dominik Paris was third, .21 behind. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, the World Cup overall leader, was 17th, lightly adding to his standings lead over Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who doesn’t race downhills.

Ganong, 26, showed promise last season by finishing fifth in the Sochi Olympic downhill and third in his first post-Olympic World Cup race on Feb. 28, his first World Cup podium.

But he had not carried that over this season until Sunday, placing better than 10th just once in six races with a best of fifth.

Ganong became the third U.S. man to win a World Cup race this season, joining Ted Ligety and Steven Nyman. Nyman was 15th on Sunday.

“My New Year’s resolution is to do this more often,” Ganong said.

This is the first season since 2007-08 that three different U.S. men won World Cup races. It is the first time since 1982-83 that two U.S. men other than Ligety and Bode Miller won in the same season.

The men’s Alpine skiing World Cup continues with a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia, on Jan. 6.

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