November 29, 2014

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) Norway's Kjetil Jansrud won the season-opening men's World Cup downhill Saturday.

The Olympic super-G champion finished in 1 minute, 50.20 seconds.

''Lake Louise is not one of our toughest hills, but it's real tough to ski fast,'' Jansrud said. ''It's not really forgiving to ski on. If you stay on your edge for half a meter too long and then you're gone. It was tough skiing. It's not easy.

''It's like skiing on a wooden floor. Smooth, but that also makes it hard to be fast because you know it's going to be the same for everybody. It's tough, but for me, it worked out nice.''

Canada's Manny Osborne-Paradis and France's Guillermo Fayed tied for second, 0.14 seconds back.

Osborne-Paradis earned Canadian's first World Cup medal since 2010.

''It feels really good,'' Osborne-Paradis said. ''I was nervous today because I knew I could be on the podium. This was the best chance I've had in a long time.''

Fayed earned his first World Cup medal.

''I was very surprised when I saw my time,'' Fayed said. ''I did a very good run, but you never know if you are fast or not. Because we had just one training (run), I was very good physically. Not tired.''

Marco Sullivan of Squaw Valley, California, was the top American, finishing fifth in 1:50.68.

''I knew it was going to be good snow and I needed to take advantage of that early start number,'' Sullivan said. ''I didn't feel the fastest, but I was clean the whole way. I'm one of the veteran guys now and I'm just feeling comfortable racing these days. Nothing is holding me back.''

Travis Ganong of Squaw Valley was 11th in 1:50.98, and Steve Nyman of Sundance, Utah, 16th in 1:51.41.

A super-G is set for Sunday.

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