March 02, 2012

KVITFJELL, Norway (AP) -- Beat Feuz took the overall World Cup lead Friday, sharing first place in a super-G race with Austrian rival Klauss Kroell.

Feuz and Kroell both finished in 1 minute, 32.35 seconds on the Olympic course. In a tight race, Kjetil Jansrud of Norway finished third, 0.03 seconds behind.

"I made a deal with my knee that I'll heal after the (World Cup) finals," said Feuz, who has been struggling with an injury.

In the hope of winning the overall title, Feuz said he plans to race the technical events next weekend in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

Bode Miller announced on Monday that he's sitting out the rest of the season because of a bad left knee.

Feuz has 1,140 points and leads Austrian technical specialist Marcel Hirscher by five points in the overall standings. He also climbed to third in the super-G standings, 25 points behind leader Aksel Lund Svindal.

Feuz is also a contender for the downhill title, where he is third in the standings, 25 points behind Didier Cuche.

"It's a big surprise to be in the run for three cups. I never expected it at the beginning of this season," said the Swiss skier, who won his fifth World Cup race. "It means a lot to be up there in the top and it makes the rest of the season very exciting."

Last year, Feuz won his first race in Kvitfjell in the downhill.

"I always look forward to skiing here. It's a special place where I'm very comfortable with my skiing," Feuz said. "The course here today was firm and I was able to ski with pressure and with an aggressive line from top to bottom."

Feuz will get a chance to add to his lead in the downhill on Saturday.

"I will study videos to hopefully find the aggressive line. I'm looking forward to trying for a good result tomorrow," he said.

Krell won his fifth World Cup race. It marked the first tie in a men's World Cup race since Svindal and Cyprien Richard of France shared a giant slalom win in January 2011 in Adelboden, Switzerland.

"(The tie) doesn't matter," Kroell said. "I'm happy with my victory here."

Heading into the race, Jansrud led both downhill training sessions but was unable to reproduce another flawless run in the super-G.

"From the middle section and down I skied well," said Jansrud, who recovered from a shaky start. "Really, it's a privilege to be on the podium. The three hundredths are frustration, more than anything. I'm certainly not the first guy to lose by those numbers.

Cuche, who won last year's super-G, was fourth and Olympic champion Svindal was fifth.

The fifth-place finish was enough for Svindal to maintain his slim super-G lead over Cuche. Svindal has 333 points, two ahead of Cuche with two races remaining.

In the downhill, Svindal and Jansrud will be bidding to become only the second Norwegian to win a downhill World Cup race on home soil, following Lasse Kjus.

On Sunday, Kvitfjell will host the last super-G race before the World Cup finals in Schladming, Austria.

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