Canadian skier Ken Read hurtled across bumps and bends at record breaking speed to win a world cup race on the tough Lauberhorn track at Wengen, Switzerland, to complete a classic ski double.
GV AND SV: Ken Read of Canada (the eventual winner) down course on winning run UP to a rise and dramatic jump
GV AND SV: Read comes over rise, leaves ground and lands successfully before continuing run (4 shots)
GV: Read skis close to trees on downhill run.
GV: Read finishing last small jump as he completes course and wins. (2 shots)
GV: Fellow Canadian David Irwin on course, falls
GV: Slow motion action replay of fall
Read earned 25 World Cup points but there was no change at the top of the world standings, headed by slalom specialists Andreas Wenzel of Liechtenstein with 110 points and Sweeden's Ingemar Stenmark with 93 points.
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Background: Canadian skier Ken Read hurtled across bumps and bends at record breaking speed to win a world cup race on the tough Lauberhorn track at Wengen, Switzerland, to complete a classic ski double. Just one week earlier he had triumphed on Kitzbuehel's famed Hahenkamm 'Streif'.
SYNOPSIS: The 24-year old Canadian's skill over the jumps allowed him to out-speed Austrian world champion Josef Walcher in a battle for split seconds over the 4,290 metre (about 2.66 mile) Lauberhorn, the longest course on the World Cup circuit.
Read narrowly trailed Walcher on the upper stretches of the track, which has a vertical drop of 1,012 metres (3.320 feet), but as he progressed he managed to coax extra pace from his skis to make up the lost time. He later said he was aware of his early errors, so he took risks in his bid for the laurels. This race was a substitute for a downhill in Schladming, Austria, earlier abandoned because of poor conditions.
Red's run was to carry him a mere three hundredths of a second ahead of Wa'cher with a time of two minutes 31.31 seconds, a record on the track. Another Austrian Peter Wirnsberger was third. Read gained more vital split seconds on the final 'S' bend and with a stylish leap over the final jump.
But Read's bespectacled team-mate Dave Irwin, had no luck on the day. He was still not far from the start when he ran off the track.
Irwin's somersaults and bounces over the deep snow must have had memories for him: he was badly injured on the same track two years ago. But this time the 25-year-old was said to be not badly hurt. Doctors at the hospital where he was taken in Interlaken said he suffered a strained neck.