Alpine Skiing

CBC Sports - Saturday Dec. 7, 2013 15:38 ET

Swiss Patrick Kueng a surprise winner in men's super-G

Omar Striedinger of Austria finishes 2nd for his first ever WC podium

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Switzerland's Patrick Kueng flies off the Red Tail jump during Saturday's World Cup super-G. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Patrick Kueng of Switzerland won a World Cup race for the first time in his career, and Omar Striedinger of Austria was second for his first ever podium finish in the men's super-G on Saturday in Beaver Creek, Colo.

Kueng secured the Swiss team's first victory since late in the 2011-12 season with a time of one minute, 21.73 seconds on the Birds of Prey course.

"This just feels really good," Kueng said.  

Striedinger managed to finish second despite starting 45th, over 2-10ths of a second back.

"When I saw second place, I just couldn't believe it," Striedinger said after his first podium finish. "Amazing." 

He was followed in third by countryman Hannes Reichelt and Italian Peter Fill, who were tied.

Reichelt reached a World Cup podium for the second time this weekend, and 25th time in his career. He was second in Friday's downhill, one spot ahead of Fill.

Ted Ligety of the United finished fifth in Saturday's race, one of his best ever super-G results. He will be the race favourite in Sunday's giant slalom, after having won seven of the last nine World Cup races in the discipline.

"It would've been nice to be on the podium," said Ligety. "But I feel like I skied pretty well for the most part."

Canada did not enjoy the same success in the super-G as Friday's downhill, when Jan Hudec and Manuel Osborne-Paradis finished in the top 10.

Calgary's Hudec was tops on the team in 13th place in Saturday's race, with young Morgan Pridy of Whistler, B.C., in 24th. Osborne-Paradis of North Vancouver, B.C., ended up 27th, three spots ahead of Erik Guay of Mont Tremblant, Que.

For Pridy, it was the first time ever earning World Cup points.

"It’s a huge relief to have that first score over with," Pridy said in an Alpine Canada release. "It’s like getting a monkey off my back. It’s not like I didn’t think I’d do it, but until you actually do it, there’s no way to know for sure."

Hudec described himself as neither disappointed not thrilled, believing there were opportunities on the course that could have led to a higher finish.

For men's coach Martin Rufener, it was a mixed bag.

"Jan and Manny made mistakes today," said Rufener. "With Erik you have to be realistic because Nov. 1 was his first day back on snow. The nice thing today was Morgan getting his first points."

Aksel Lund Svindal, who won Friday's downhill, was seventh.

American Bode Miller, who didn't compete last season due to a knee injury, was 14th, two places ahead of last year's overall World Cup champ, Marcel Hirscher of Austria.

 -- With files from The Associated Press

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