Dominik Paris won his third career World Cup race on Saturday by storming to victory in the first men’s downhill event of the season at Lake Louis, Canada.
The 24-year-old Italian whose previous two triumphs also came in his specialized downhill discipline – clocked a winning time of one minute and 49.9 seconds.
Paris – who was third in last year’s World Cup standings and is the reigning World Championships silver medalist – was a mere three hundredths of a second faster than 2010 downhill world cup champion Klaus Kroell of Austria.
Adrien Theaux of France completed the podium in third place with a time of one minute and 50.01 seconds.
Reigning World Champion Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway – who won both speed races on the Canadian piste last year – was fourth.
The Lake Louis stop concludes with a super G on Sunday before the men swap places with the women and head south to Beaver Creek, Colorado for a super G, downhill and giant slalom next weekend.