VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was fastest in the opening training run Wednesday for this weekend's downhill on the Saslong course, while Italian standout Dominik Paris was injured in a fall.
Svindal clocked 1 minute, 58.07 seconds as he seeks his third win of the season. Erik Guay of Canada was second, 0.41 seconds behind, and Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland was third, 0.77 back. Bode Miller, who won a super-G here in 2006, was 32nd, and American teammate Steven Nyman, the 2006 and 2012 downhill winner, was 34th.
Paris lost control after the tricky Ciaslat section and hit the safety netting. He has a bruised left calf and will likely sit out the second training session Thursday and Friday's super-G race, in the hope of racing the downhill Sunday.