SAN CANDIDO, Italy (AP) — David Duncan of Canada claimed his first World Cup victory on Saturday, while women's world champion Fanny Smith took the overall lead of the skicross standings with her first win of the season.
Duncan's compatriot, Brady Leman, was third, behind Alex Fiva of Switzerland. Armin Niederer was fourth and maintained his lead in the skicross standings. "I feel like this day has been coming for a long time," Duncan said. "There's definitely been some ups and downs but I'm elated to finally get this first victory and get this monkey off my back. I don't have the words to describe what this means to me."
Duncan, who missed the 2010 Olympics with a broken collarbone, likely needs one more podium finish to qualify for Canada's team for the Sochi Games. Smith, of Switzerland, crossed the line ahead of Canada's Kelsey Serwa for her sixth World Cup success and moved ahead of Marielle Thompson in the standings. Anna Holmlund of Sweden was third.
Smith was second in the opening event in Nakiska, Canada, and managed only seventh in Val Thorens, France, last week. Serwa and Leman are also all but assured of their spot on Canada's team for the Olympics in February.