Dominik Paris ended his wait for an FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup win with victory in the super-G in Kitzbuhel.
Dominik Paris made a winning start to the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup weekend in Kitzbuhel with victory in the super-G on Friday.
The Italian's maiden win of the season is his first since November 2013, having claimed first place in the downhill at Lake Louise in Canada.
Paris has had four podiums already this season in all disciplines, but Friday's win in Austria was his first on the top step, beating Matthias Mayer by 0.06 seconds to claim the victory.
Mayer was joined in the top three by fellow Austrian Georg Streitberger (+0.34s) to give the home support plenty to cheer about, with Adrien Theaux (+0.51s) and Andrew Weibrecht (+0.57s) completing the top five.
The 39-gate course proved tough for all competitors in the opening race of the weekend, with Paris navigating his way down in one minute and 9.99 seconds - the only racer to go under one minute 10 seconds.
Paris' win sees him climb into second place in the super-G standings, 31 points behind Kjetil Jansrud (316) - who had to settle for seventh - overtaking Hannes Reichelt who was over a second behind in 24th place.
Marcel Hirscher - who finished 2.78secs back - retains his overall lead in the World Cup standings, although Jansrud has cut his advantage to 131 points, while Paris sits in fifth but is only 19 points behind the joint-third duo of Felix Neureuther and Fritz Dopfer.
Friday's race was overshadowed by a bad accident for Marc Gisin, though, the Swiss racer needing to be airlifted off the mountain in a helicopter after landing badly from a jump and crashing into the safety nets.
Gisin's incident saw the race delayed for over 20 minutes while he was treated, before being flown to hospital for further attention.
Kitzbuhel's busy weekend continues later on Friday with the men's combined, before the prestigious downhill event and Sunday's slalom race.