Dixon top Canuck in World Cup training

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:35 PM ET

LAKE LOUISE, Alta. -- Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal was first with a time of one minute 49.97 seconds Wednesday during the opening day of World Cup downhill training at Lake Louise.

Hans Grugger of Austria was second in 1:50.04 and Patrik Jaerbyn third in 1:50.11.

Robbie Dixon of Whistler, B.C., was the fastest Canadian in a time of 1:50.83, followed by Eric Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., at 1:51.42.

"It was cold this morning and I wasn't really looking forward to (today's run) before the sun came out. But the sun warmed things up and I was itching to get my first full (downhill) training run in," said Dixon, who finished 15th. "It ended up pretty good. That might actually have been one of my best training runs at Lake Louise."

Guay finished 21st in the first training run.

"I feel solid on my skis and I feel comfortable, which is a huge improvement from last year (at this time)," Guay said. "I made a couple tactical mistakes but it's the first training run and those things happen. Those will be easy to clean up and I am pretty satisfied with the way I skied that first run."

Other Canadians were Manuel Osborne-Paradis at 1:52.50 and Jan Hudec, 1:53.68.

American Bode Miller finished seventh, 33 hundredths of a second behind Svindal.

The inaugural event of the World Cup speed season goes this weekend, with the downhill on Saturday and the Super G on Sunday.


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