'Crazy' dead heat in World Cup ski race

Story highlights

  • Hannes Reichelt and Dominik Paris share first place in men's World Cup downhill race
  • Aksel Lund Svindal extends his overall lead after finishing only 0.01 seconds back in third
  • Svindal was just 0.01 seconds ahead of fourth-placed Klaus Kroll, last season's downhill champion
  • Italian skier Paris wins the first World Cup event of his career to delight the home crowd
Saturday's World Cup downhill race in Bormio ended in a thrilling dead heat as Aksel Lund Svindal extended his overall lead despite narrowly missing out on a three-way share of victory.
The Norwegian had to settle for third place after finishing just 0.01 seconds behind Austria's Hannes Reichelt and Italy's Dominik Paris -- who delighted the home crowd by claiming his first World Cup win.
"It's amazing, it was my dream to win a downhill in the World Cup -- and now I finally won it," said the 23-year-old, who finished third at his national championships in March.
"Tying with Reichelt doesn't make any difference -- I am only happy to be on top. I was very nervous in the leader box because I knew the others behind will ski well, but it turned out good.
"It is totally amazing to win here in Bormio, I can't say anything just that it was a dream come true."
Reichelt also set a time of one minute 58.62 seconds as he claimed the fifth World Cup win of his career and his second podium this season after placing third in the Super G at Beaver Creek in the U.S. at the start of December.