Skiing: Switzerland's Patrick Kueng the suprise winner in Beaver Creek

Last Updated: 07/12/13 10:21pm

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Patrick Kueng the suprise winner in Beaver Creek

Patrick Kueng the suprise winner in Beaver Creek

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Switzerland's Patrick Kueng saw off some strong competition to become the surprise winner of Saturday's World Cup super G race in Beaver Creek.

The 29-year-old had never won a World Cup race before but covered the distance in one minute 21.73 seconds to top the podium ahead of Austrian Otmar Striedinger, who finished a creditable second in 1:21.97.

Fellow Austrian Hannes Reichelt finished tied for third with Peter Fill of Italy, with the pair posting a time of 1:22.11 on the Birds of Prey course.

"I had a good line at the bottom and was able to keep my momentum through the flatter part. That helped me a lot today."
Patrick Kueng

Kueng had only two podium finishes to his name before this race, both in downhill, and was understandably delighted with his performance.

Strong group

"It's a really strong group of guys competing right now and it is not so easy to get on the podium so I am especially happy with today's result," said Kueng on www.fis-ski.com.

"I had a good line at the bottom and was able to keep my momentum through the flatter part. That helped me a lot today."

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal was aiming for a record fifth successive super G win but had to settle for seventh place and a time of 1:22.34.

The skiers will return to the course on Sunday for a giant slalom.

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