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Kucera takes silver in World Cup super giant slalom

Calgary's John Kucera led two Canadians into the top 10 with a silver medal at a World Cup super giant slalom on Sunday in Lake Louise, Alta.

Austrian veteran Hermann Maier wins Lake Louise race

John Kucera led two Canadians into the top 10 with a silver medal at a World Cup super giant slalom on Sunday in Lake Louise, Alta.

The Calgary resident, who won the same race on the same hill in 2006, came down in one minute 30.43 seconds, behind winner Hermann Maier of Austria, who clocked 1:29.84.

"It's weird when you look over and your childhood hero is standing next to you," said Kucera. "Next time, I hope to beat him because I don't want to stand below him any more."

Didier Cuche of Switzerland was third while Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant, Que., turned in a solid seventh-place performance.

Kucera had an up and down weekend, finishing first in the downhill training run on Friday before dropping to 35th in the race a day later.

Maier, 36, takes the World Cup lead in the discipline after the first event. The four-time Olympic medallist won his first World Cup race since January 2006.

He finished 17th in the downhill on Saturday.

"Today I risked," said Maier. "You can't win a race without risk. Today was much better for me."

North Vancouver natives Robbie Dixon and Manuel Osborne-Paradis were 19th and 27th, respectively.

Stefan Guay of Mont-Tremblant was 41st while Jeffrey Frisch came in 52nd, four ahead of fellow Montreal native Louis-Pierre Helie..

Daniel Albrecht of Switzerland, who finished eighth, leads the overall World Cup standings with 156 points. Cuche is next with 140 points, and Jean-Baptiste Grange of France is third with 122.

With files from the Canadian Press

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