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Manuel Osborne-Paradis wins Canadian downhill title

Manuel Osborne-Paradis won the national downhill title Saturday at the Sport Chek Alpine Canadian Championships in Whistler, B.C.

Vancouver native takes gold in Whistler ahead of Jeffrey Frisch, Jon Kucera

Manuel Osborne-Paradis, shown here competing earlier this month in Norway, won the Canadian men's downhill title in Whistler on Saturday. (Jonas Ericsson/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Manuel Osborne-Paradis won the national downhill title Saturday at the Sport Chek Alpine Canadian Championships in Whistler, B.C.

The 29-year-old from Vancouver — who grew up skiing in Whistler, B.C. — took the gold in one minute 1.97 seconds on the course at the Dave Murray National Training Centre.

Jeffrey Frisch of Mont-Tremblant, Que., took second place in 1:02.64, while Calgary's John Kucera was third in 1:02.79.

"I kind of knew what I needed to do today to be fast," said Osborne-Paradis. "I figured out the course right off the bat.

"It was just sticking to the plan and not taking too many risks, knowing the course was faster today."

Osborne-Paradis returned from injury this season and battled his way back into the top-30 with several standout performances, including a fourth-place finish in the downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway, and a seventh-place finish, also in downhill, in Val-Gardena, Italy.

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