Five skiers race to World Cup podiums

Swiss ski racers rocketed out their gates during World Cup events on Saturday to claim five of nine podium places.

This content was published on December 18, 2010 - 16:20 and agencies

Nadja Kamer and Lara Gut earned Switzerland two of the top-three spots in women’s downhill action, placing second and third, respectively. Lindsey Vonn of the United States won the event in one minute, 52.10 seconds.

On the men’s side, slalom-specialist Silvan Zurbriggen took a surprise victory in the men’s downhill in Gröden, Italy, completing the course in one minute, 57.21 seconds.

"The fractions of a second were on my side," Zurbriggen said. "On this course, you know that the line between good luck and bad luck is thin."

Romed Baumann of Austria was placed second. Swiss teammate Didier Cuche took third place, his second of the season.

In men's ski cross, Patrick Gasser won to give the Swiss a fifth podium finish.

After 18 of 75 races, Switzerland are currently placed second in the overall World Cup standings with 1,780 points. Austria lead with 2,870 points.

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