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7 апреля 2016 г. 11:13

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Another World Cup mens downhill, another podium finish for Canada. Nike Air Max 90 Womens Floral Print Shoe . Benjamin Thomsen of Invermere, B.C., was second in a World Cup event Saturday, the inaugural event on the course for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Last weekend in Chamonix, France, Calgarys Jan Hudec won downhill gold while Erik Guay of Mont Tremblant, Que., was third. And Thomsen was no slouch, either, posting a solid fifth-place finish in France. "Its a little bit overwhelming right now. Its awesome," Thomsen said following Saturdays race. "When I crossed the finish line nobody raised their hands so I thought, `Oh no, I must have had a bad run. "But then I saw my name come up. Im still in shock." Guay finished 20th while Hudec was 24th. Switzerlands Beat Feuz claimed the win, his third of the season, and was honoured to have Russian president Dmitry Medvedev take part in the medal presentation afterwards. "This will remain an unbelievable moment in my life," Feuz said. "Winning such an important downhill on my birthday and then being awarded by Medvedev is just incredible." Feuz posted a time of two minutes 14.10 seconds down the long and highly technical Rosa Khutor slope. Thomsen finished 0.27 seconds behind for his best career result. Frances Adrien Theaux was for third, 0.59 seconds back. American Bode Miller was fourth, just 0.02 seconds behind Theaux. Miller was highly critical of the course set all week, saying there are too many turns to consider it a real downhill. But Feuz disagreed. "Its a very nice course. Its a complete downhill," Feuz said. "Maybe its possible to change a bit on the upper part but thats just a small detail. Its just too bad the Olympics are not next year and Ive got to wait two years to come back." Thomsen had plenty of reason to be confident going into the race. He was third, eighth and sixth in the three training runs this week. "In the start gate I got nervous for once," Thomsen said. "I knew I had some fast training runs and I knew I had to go for it all the way down. "I knew it wasnt going to be pretty. At the top I was on my hip and slipping inside all over the place. When I got down on to the flats I told myself to put my head down and go for it." Guay, the reigning world downhill champion, praised his teammate. "Ben just continues to impress me," said Guay. "This course is so gnarly -- that was totally impressive skiing. We are all just pumped for him. "I didnt have the greatest run. It was difficult to get the setup right and figure out how to ski it." Guay said Thomsens determination enabled him to make it on the podium. "I think its heart more than anything," Guay said. "He wants it -- he wants it more than most people. "You know the expression that talent only goes so far? Well, I think that applies here. He works hard and hes willing to do what it takes." Johno McBride, Canadas head speed coach, said Thomsen tweaked his approach in Saturdays race. "Yesterday Benny struggled quite a bit on the top," said McBride. "I told him if he was somewhat competitive on the top he could be a contender. "He backed off to make a gate at the top and he skied well from the mid section down to the finish." Feuzs retiring Swiss teammate, Didier Cuche, finished 12th and held on to a slim 26-point lead over Austrias Klaus Kroell in the downhill standings. Feuz is 27 points back in third and only two more downhills remaining this season. With a 100-point boost in the overall standings, Feuz moved up to second, 50 points behind Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, who picked up just two points with a 29th-place finish. "Its a good message to Ivica today," Feuz said. "Im making a lot of people nervous but Im just having a great time and Ive got nothing to lose." Thomsens previous best finish came last weekend with his fifth-place effort in France. Heady stuff, considering a few weeks ago, he risked losing his spot on Canadas World Cup team and being sent home to compete on the minor Nor-Am circuit. Whats more, Thomsen was working construction and landscaping jobs two summers ago to help fund his dream of making it as a ski racer. "I dont really know where this is coming from," Thomsen said. "Ive been working so hard the last couple of years and it just took me until now to get a full run together. "Everybody from Canada works so hard to get where we are. We might be a small group on the mens team but we perform well and Im so happy to be part of that." For Theaux, it matched his best result of the season after also finishing third in November in a super-G in Lake Louise, Alta. With heavy security and the race finish halfway up the mountain, there were only about a thousand fans on hand, and the stands were only half full. The top Russian finishers were Slovenian-born Alek Glebov in 44th and Andrey Bystrov -- who was making his World Cup debut -- in 45th. The race was held in frigid conditions of minus 10 Centigrade, with the sun moving in and out of a mostly cloudy sky, making the icy upper portion of the course extremely difficult. Super-G world champion Christof Innerhofer of Italy usually excels on ice, but he was unlucky when his one of his skis dislodged after he hit a bump on the top, ending his run prematurely. American racer Erik Fisher also lost a ski and crashed through the safety netting, although he appeared to avoid serious injury. A super-combined race is scheduled for Sunday, then the womens circuit arrives and begins downhill training on another all-new course Wednesday. Cheap Nike Air Max Trainers . MO CHEEKS (Pistons): Out as coach. Nike Air Max 90 Womens On Sale . The first pick in the 2012 draft showed a glimpse Thursday night of why there was optimism in Edmonton before the season. (Sports Network) - Both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Kansas City Royals will be trying to avoid a third straight setback this evening in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals return home after a 4-5 road trip, losing four of the swings final five games. They took the opener of their weekend series with St. Louis over the weekend, but then dropped consecutive 5-4 decisions on late homers. The Cardinals got a long ball from Matt Holliday in the eighth inning of Saturdays win, then saw Skip Schumaker belt a walk-off solo homer in the ninth on Sunday. Schumakers blast came after Kansas Citys Alcides Escobar hit his first homer of the season in the top of the ninth inning, a solo shot. Escobar finished with two hits and is batting .511 (22-for-43) over his last 12 games. Our kids have been playing so well, said Royals manager Ned Yost. [Escobar] had a phenomenal at-bat to tie it up. Royals starter Danny Duffy struck out a career-high nine batters over 3 2/3 innings, but exited early due to cramping in his left leg. The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, have lost four of their past six games and suffered an 8-2 defeat against the White Sox on Sunday. Justin Upton had three hits and drove in a run for Arizona, while starter Josh Collmenter gave up three runs over seven decent innings. I felt good, Collmenter said. Everything felt good, I had good command and I was back to my normal stuff, and other than the seventh inning, everything went well. Uptons three-hit game capped an excellent week in which he hit .552 (16- for-29) with seveen RBI. Cheap Nike Air Max 90 Free Shipping. He was named the National Leagues Player of the Week on Monday. Arizona, which sits a half-game behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West, turns to Joe Saunders tonight. The left-hander has lost two straight starts since winning three in a row. Pitching a day before his 30th birthday, Saunders faced the Giants on Wednesday and gave up three runs on eight hits over seven innings. He fell to 3-7 with a 4.50 earned run average in 14 starts this season and 6-14 in 27 outings since coming over from the Angels in a trade last season. Saunders is 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA in five career starts versus the Royals. Luke Hochevar counters for the Royals and has lost four of his past five decisions. The right-hander beat the Blue Jays with seven innings of two-run ball on June 9, but a duplicated line wasnt enough to best Oakland on Wednesday. Hochevar no-hit the As through five innings, but ended up again allowing two runs over seven frames and suffered a 2-1 setback. I still need to get better with runners in scoring position, said Hochevar after that loss. It just comes down to pitch quality and making quality pitches when I need to make them. I still need to get better at that and it burnt me [Wednesday]. Hochevar, 27, is 4-7 with a 4.87 ERA in 15 starts this year and has split two career meetings with the Diamondbacks while pitching to a 6.55 ERA in that span. The D-Backs won two of three at Kansas City in the last meeting between the teams in 2009, with Arizona recording back-to-back 12-5 wins to close out the set. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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