Canada's Jan Hudec wins Chamonix downhill

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CHAMONIX, France (AP) -- Canada's Jan Hudec has won a World Cup downhill in Chamonix, making the most of an icy slope and freezing conditions for a surprising victory.

In a great day for Canadian skiing, teammate Erik Guay finished third Saturday, 0.63 seconds behind Hudec.

Hudec, whose career has been blighted by knee injuries and operations, was timed in 2 minutes, 3.25 seconds. He was followed by Austria's Romed Baumann in 2:03.78.

Hudec was trailing Baumann until he reached the midsection and then started shaving huge chunks off the Austrian's time. While Klaus Kroell won Friday's downhill by just 0.01 seconds, Hudec smashed Baumann's time by 0.53 to deprive the Austrians of a second straight win.

Switzerland's Beat Feuz was fourth, with Kroell fifth and Switzerland's Didier Cuche sixth.