Bronze run for Hudec

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, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Jan Hudec won a World Cup downhill bronze medal at Bormio, Italy, yesterday for his second World Cup podium of the season, an accomplishment the Canadian skier said is one of the highlights of his career.

Hudec completed the 3.270-kilometre Stelvio course in 2:01.11. American Bode Miller won gold in 2:00.57 and Andreas Buder of Austria was second.

Hudec opened the World Cup season last month with a victory at Lake Louise. The 26-year-old Calgary resident also won a silver medal in the downhill at last year's world Alpine ski championships.

"To come back after all that and have a good race here I think is more important for me mentally than Lake Louise or the world championships ever was," Hudec said. "I'm just really proud of my accomplishment in Bormio."

Two other Canadians joined Hudec in the top 10. Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was eighth in 2:01.59 and John Kucera of Calgary was 10th in 2:01.92.

Hudec is ranked fourth in the World Cup downhill rankings with 174 points and is 10th in the overall standings.

TWO FOR 'SPOON

Jeremy Wotherspoon of Red Deer, Alta., won his second gold medal at the Canadian single distance long track speed-skating championships at Calgary.

Wotherspoon won the men's 1,000 in 1:07.45 with Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., second in 1:07.62. Wotherspoon captured the 500-metre event Friday, narrowly missing his world-record time in the discipline.

"I tried to focus on the same things I did in the 500 in the 1,000," said Wotherspoon. "Have a good start and accelerate well on the first turn. I did that well. I was very happy with the time."

In the women's 3,000, Kristina Groves of Ottawa was the victor in 4:04.08 with Christine Nesbitt of London second in 4:08.25 and Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg third in 4:11.43.

Nesbitt won the women's 1,000 in 1:15.15 with Groves second in 1:15.62 and Shannon Rempel of Winnipeg third in 1:15.79.

WOMEN'S SKIING

Chiara Costazza of Italy won the slalom race in Italy for her first career World Cup victory while Lindsey Vonn of the U.S., was 25th and lost her lead in the overall standings.

Anna Goodman of Pointe Claire, Que., finished 29th.


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