Skiing: Ghedina puts Kjus double on skids

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Ghedina puts Kjus double on skids

Kristian Ghedina won the second of the back-to-back World Cup downhills in Val Gardena yesterday ending the winning streak of Norway's Lasse Kjus. It was the Italian's second career victory on the Saslong piste and his 10th career World Cup win, yet it was his first podium finish of the season. Kjus, who was seeking to become the first man since Franz Klammer in 1976 to win back-to-back downhills at Val Gardena, was second. Sadly, the French Olympic champion Jean-Luc Cretier announced his retirement after a crash which left left him with a fractured hand and damaged knee ligaments. Alexandra Meissnitzer, of Austria, won the women's World Cup downhill in Veysonnaz yesterday. It was her first downhill victory but her fifth World Cup win this season. France's Regine Cavagnoud was second.

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