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Travis Ganong scoops first FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup win

Travis Ganong registered his first FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup win with victory in the men's downhill on Sunday.

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Strong winds in Santa Caterina forced a switch to the ladies' start point, with Ganong mastering the shorter course to grace the podium for the second time in his career.

Otmar Striedinger set the early pace with a time of one minute and 32.87 seconds, before Ganong - the 16th starter - went four tenths of a second faster.

Matthias Mayer (+0.09secs), who has endured a difficult season so far, came closest to toppling Ganong, while Dominik Paris (+0.21secs) was third.

The Italian has now posted two fourth-placed and two third-place finishes in the downhill this campaign.

One man who struggled with the conditions on Sunday was downhill leader Kjetil Jansrud, who had been hoping to bounce back after missing out on a third consecutive World Cup downhill win last time out.

The Norwegian ace could only muster a 17th-place finish - his worst downhill result since the same weekend last year.

Paris' consistency sees him go second in the standings, closing to within 74 points of Jansrud.

Ganong's win lifts him to third - tied with Steven Nyman (+1.25secs), who finished 15th on Sunday.

Jansrud's disappointing performance also means he failed to capitalise on an opportunity to pull away from Marcel Hirscher in the overall standings, after the defending champion could only manage a seventh-place finish in the slalom on Monday.

Three-time Olympic medalist Jansrud is now 48 points clear of Hirscher.

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