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Alpine skiing: Kueng upsets Wengen field to claim maiden downhill

Swiss upstart Patrick Kueng dominated a shortened Wengen downhill on Saturday to claim his first ever World Cup win in the sport's blue-riband event. Austrian Hannes Reichelt finished second at 0.06sec for his fourth podium of the season, with Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal, the World Cup downhill and overall leader, completing the podium after finishing 0.07 off Kueng's winning time of 1min 32.66sec.

Alpine skiing: Kueng triumphs, but magic missing in Wengen

Patrick Kueng set the cowbells a-ringing with a maiden downhill victory on home snow in Wengen on Saturday, but the gloss was missing from a race cut short because of high winds. Organisers were forced into moving the start down the famed Lauberhorn course, normally the longest on the circuit at 4.4km long, cutting more than a minute off the running time.

Alpine skiing: Kueng triumphs, but magic missing in Wengen

Patrick Kueng set the cowbells a-ringing with a maiden downhill victory on home snow in Wengen on Saturday, but the gloss was missing from a race cut short because of high winds. Organisers were forced into moving the start down the famed Lauberhorn course, normally the longest on the circuit at 4.4km long, cutting more than a minute off the running time.

Alpine skiing: Italian pair top Wengen downhill training

Experienced Italian duo Werner Heel and Peter Fill topped training for the men's World Cup downhill at Wengen on Wednesday. Organisers had to cancel Tuesday's training because of heavy snow and opted for a late start to Wednesday's session in order to best prepare the famed Lauberhorn piste. Heel timed 2min 39:04sec down the strength-sapping 4,422-metre-long course, the longest on the World Cup circuit, 0.30sec ahead of Fill, with Swiss racer Patrick Kueng in third at 0.45sec

Travel Postcard: 48 hours at the top of Europe

By Barbara Lewis INTERLAKEN, Switzerland, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The Virgin, the Monk, and the Ogre - in German, the Jungfrau, the Moench and the Eiger - are three classic Swiss mountains that for centuries have drawn artists, thrill-seekers and tourists.

Alpine skiing-Neureuther wins Wengen slalom

WENGEN, Switzerland, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Germany's Felix Neureuther won a men's World Cup slalom in Wengen on Sunday. Austria's Marcel Hirscher was second and Croatia's Ivica Kostelic finished third. (Reporting by Manuele Lang)

UPDATE 1-Alpine skiing-Frenchman Pinturault shines in Wengen

(adds details, quotes) By Manuele Lang WENGEN, Switzerland, Jan 18 (Reuters) - France's Alexis Pinturault made the most of his all-round talent to clinch his third World Cup race in a men's super-combined in Wengen on Friday. The 21-year-old, one of the most exciting prospects to emerge in the sport in recent years, outclassed his rivals in the afternoon slalom to win in a combined time of two minutes and 41.62 seconds.

Alpine skiing-Frenchman Pinturault wins Wengen super-combined

By Manuele Lang WENGEN, Switzerland, Jan 18 (Reuters) - France's Alexis Pinturault made the most of his all-round talent to clinch his third World Cup race in a men's super-combined in Wengen on Friday. The 21-year-old, one of the most exciting prospects to emerge in the sport in recent years, outclassed his rivals in the afternoon slalom to win in a combined time of two minutes and 41.62 seconds.

Alpine skiiing-Pinturault wins Wengen super-combined

WENGEN, Switzerland, Jan 18 (Reuters - France's Alexis Pinturault won a men's World Cup super-combined race in Wengen on Friday. Croatia's Ivica Kostelic was second and Swiss Carlo Janka finished third. (Reporting by Manuele Lang; Editing by John Mehaffey)
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