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Dressen wins Lake Louise downhill in fairytale return

Thomas Dressen wins this season’s first downhill World Cup gold exactly one year after suffering serious injuries

LAKE LOUISE - This may be Thomas Dressen’s sweetest podium of his career.

The German skier claimed this season’s first downhill World Cup gold medal at the 2019 Audi FIS Lake Louise World Cup on Saturday (Nov.30), exactly one year to the day after suffering serious knee and shoulder injuries on a course in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Coming back from a year off, Dressen was the unlikely winner, edging out the heavy favourite Dominik Paris of Italy by just 0.02 seconds.

Paris was looking to claim his fourth successive World Cup downhill and 13th win overall.

Before rocketing down the course, a duo of Swiss skiers would have stood on the podium. Paris finished 0.24 seconds faster than Beat Feuz and Carlo Janka, ending what would have been a stellar start to the season for the Swiss team.

Janka was the fastest in both training runs prior to the event.

On the three-kilometre Olympic course, the top Canadian was Benjamin Thomsen finishing in 30th, nearly two seconds behind Dressen.

Canmore native Jeffrey Read finished in 46th, followed by teammates Brodie Seger and Cameron Alexander, and rounding out the Canadians was James Crawford in 57th.

Evan Buhler

About the Author: Evan Buhler

Evan Buhler is an award-winning photojournalist and reporter who joined the Outlook in 2019. A native of Calgary, he previously worked in Salmon Arm, B.C.
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