Italy's Paris wins, sets up close fight for downhill title
Canada's Manuel Osbourne-Paradis misses podium by 0.6 seconds
Dominik Paris won the next-to-last downhill of the World Cup season Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway, leaving the fight for the discipline title wide open.
Paris trails Italian teammate Peter Fill by four points going into the final race at St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Fill shares the lead with Aksel Lund Svindal though the Norwegian is out following knee surgery.
Other contenders are Kjetil Jansrud of Norway and Adrien Theaux of France, who are 54 and 66 points behind, respectively.
Paris won Saturday's race 0.20 seconds ahead of Valentin Giraud Moine of France and 0.24 ahead of Steven Nyman of the United States.
Canada's Manuel Osborne-Paradis finished fourth, just 0.60 seconds off the podium, but did secure a spot in the World Cup Finals in France next week.
"It was a bittersweet day for me today finishing in fourth again in Kvitfjell," Osborne-Paradis said. "Being fourth kinda sucks but the goal today was to make World Cup Finals and I accomplished that. I get to ski another race this season and that was the end goal of today.
"I'm happy to be going to Finals, which is a great course for me and where world championships are held next year, so it's important for me to be going there."
His Canadian teammates Erik Guay and Benjamin Thomsen were 16th and 27th, respectively.
With files from CBC Sports