The Swiss skier, Silvano Beltrametti, has clinched second place in a World Cup downhill race in the Canadian mountain resort of Lake Louise.This content was published on November 25, 2000 - 22:52
Beltrametti's finishing time of one minute 41.03 seconds put him just behind Austria's Stephan Eberharter, who cruised to victory in Saturday's race with a time of 1:40:79.
"I do not regret not having won the race, as I have a long career ahead of me, and will have lots more chances to catch up," Beltrametti said after the race.
He added: "I stayed very calm, in order to concentrate, because I knew that if I performed to the best of my capabilities, I could be among the top finishers."
Beltrametti crossed the finishing line ahead of Norway's Lasse Kjus, who finished third, clocking 1:41:21.
The race's strong favourite, Austrian Hermann Maier, had a highly disappointing race, finishing 10th after catching an edge and nearly crashing.
On the women's front, Switzerland's skiers performed less well on Saturday: Sonja Nef failed to make the podium, finishing fourth in a World Cup slalom race in Aspen, Colorado.
swissinfo with agencies