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Osborne-Paradis 2nd in downhill training

Canada's Manuel Osborne-Paradis had the second-fastest time Friday in the final training run for this weekend's World Cup men's downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Canada's Manuel Osborne-Paradis had the second-fastest time Friday in the final training run for this weekend's World Cup men's downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

The native of Invermere, B.C., who was 39th in Thursday's opening practice session, finished in one minute 43.89 seconds.

Austrian legend Hermann Maier was fastest in 1:43.79, while Marco Buechel of Liechtenstein was third in 1:43.95.

Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant Que., finished sixth in 1:44.30. John Kucera was 17th, fellow Calgarian Jan Hudec was 22nd, while Robbie Dixon of Whistler, B.C., was disqualified for missing a gate.

World Cup overall leader Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, who's better in the technical disciplines, didn't participate. Downhill leader Michael Walchhofer of Austria finished fifth.

Maier, a four-time overall champion, earned his first World Cup victory in Garmisch in 1997 and his last downhill win was also in the southern German resort three years ago.

The Kandahar course has since been redesigned — the gliding sections are mostly gone, and there's now a steeper "free fall" section heading into the finish — but the 36-year-old said he liked it just as much.

"I really feel at home here," Maier said. "But others are the favourites tomorrow."

Garmisch is the final World Cup stop before next week's alpine world championships in Val d'Isere, France, which begin with a women's super-G on Tuesday (CBCSports.ca, bold, 7 a.m. ET).

The Garmisch downhill is set for Saturday. There will also be a women's super-G that day, followed by a men's slalom on Sunday.

Overall leader Lindsey Vonn of the U.S. won Friday's women's slalom event.

With files from the Associated Press