January 20, 2018 / 12:49 PM / a year ago

Alpine Skiing: Germany's Dressen snatches surprise Kitzbuehel win

Alpine Skiing - FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup - Men's Alpine Downhill - Kitzbuehel, Austria - January 20, 2018 - Thomas Dressen of Germany in action. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (Reuters) - Germany’s Thomas Dressen tamed the dangerous Streif course to snatch a surprise victory in the men’s downhill on Saturday and beat specialist Beat Feuz and Aksel Lund Svindal.

With the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics only three weeks away, the 24-year-old was superb as he charged down the awe-inspiring course in a near flawless race for his first World Cup win.

“I still can’t believe it. It was always a dream to ski through the finish line and still be leading in Kitzbuehel,” a beaming Dressen told reporters. “It was just amazing.”

Swiss Feuz, who led for a long time, was second a week after winning in Wengen, while Austrian Hannes Reichelt was third.

Norwegian Svindal, who had suffered a season-ending injury at the Streif two years ago, won the Super-G on Friday but managed only eighth place in the downhill.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris

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