Paerson, Gisin share downhill win, Brydon 5th
Anja Paerson of Sweden and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland tied for first place in a women's World Cup downhill Sunday in Zauchensee, Austria.
Paerson and Gisin both completed the 2.95-kilometre Kaelberloch course in one minute, 47.52 seconds.
Defending overall champion Lindsey Vonn of the United States finished third in 1:47.69 and France's Marie Marchand-Arvier was fourth in 1:47.92.
Gisin said the conditions favoured her, as the sunny weather changed as the clouds rolled in during the race.
"I was lucky with the weather, I had a better sight than most of the top racers," said Gisin, who won her first World Cup. "I wasn't too fast at the start, but then I thought I had to give just everything."
"It got quite dark. The upper part was OK, but the trees made it very dark afterward," offered Paerson said. "I struggled to see the right line."
Emily Brydon of Fernie, B.C., was the top Canadian, finishing fifth in 1:48.23.
"If I can keep in the top five I have to think that's a strong performance," said Brydon, who now has top-10 finishes in five of her six World Cup races this season
Britt Janyk of Whistler, B.C., was 11th (1:48.79), Kelly VanderBeek of Kitchener, Ont., was 19th (1:49.11), and Emilie Desforges of Dorval, Que., was 52nd (1:51.79). Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., did not finish.
"We are a solid team, any one of us can be on the podium," said Brydon. "Last year was really special, having a podium every weekend.
"You always strive for that but it's not necessarily going to happen. I think we still have the same attitude, we have the same momentum and it's just a matter of time before we are back on the podium."
Germany's Maria Riesch, who led the standings going into the race, finished seventh in 1:48.30.
Sunday marked Paerson's 40th career victory World Cup, while Gisin earned her first win on the circuit. Gisin's previous best result was a second-place finish in the Zauchensee downhill in 2007.
Vonn's second-place showing allowed her to pass Riesch to take the lead in the overall standings with 776 points. Riesch has 765, and Paerson is third with 702.
"At this point it's not entirely important [to lead the standings], but at the same time it feels good," said Vonn, who won Saturday's super-combined race. "It's definitely a confidence builder."
With files from the Associated Press and Canadian Press